Sermon

While the Church is Arguing

Text: John 7:37-53   

Introductory statements: 

  • FIRST: Discuss celebrating the systematic preaching of the Bible, i.e. how both revival speakers and a message and interpretation in tongues gave witness to what I am preaching about today.
    • You can know that God has set you up for this message
    • Plus, preaching systematically through the bible doesn’t allow us to dodge issues that God meant for His people to hear. 
  • SECOND: Discuss celebrating preaching (“shouting”), i.e. Jesus shouting
    • Rabbis (teachers) sat and taught what other men had taught \\ sort of like a clone of a clone of a clone…
    • Jesus (like John the Baptist) stood and spoke (shouted) – IOW, he spoke with authority and the shouting was meant to arrest people—stop them in their tracks and cause them to truly listen.  IOW, this is important. 
  • THIRD: Describe the symbolism of the Feast of Tabernacles (living in the 8th day)

 Give thesis statements…  

  • Thesis/Premise: While the people were debating where Jesus was from and who he was; Jesus was shouting.  He was shouting that through Him the Holy Spirit was available to all who thirst. 
  • Mission Statement: The goal of this Sunday is to awaken you to the reality that only Jesus can satisfy the thirsts of your life and the way He does that is by giving you the Holy Spirit.  
  • Vision Statement: I see you living a supernatural life: specifically, a Holy Spirit-led and Holy Spirit-filled life.

  

On a Need to Know Basis 

1)     Introduction of the Holy Spirit (John’s parenthetical/editorial statement – v.39) 

39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

A very brief primer (very basic coverage) on the Holy Spirit: 

  1. The Holy Spirit is God—the third person of the Trinity.  So, as a Christian, when you say or address “God” you should understand that you are referring to one Being made up of three Persons namely: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.   
  2. The Holy Spirit is not an “it” or “force” or “power” // the Holy Spirit is a person, i.e. thoughts, volition, feelings, emotions, etc. 
  3. The Holy Spirit is the member of the Trinity that is actually involved and present in the world today.   
    • For example, you pray by the Holy Spirit, through the Son, to the Father.
    • For example, if God is working in your life today it is specifically the Holy Spirit. 

John 16:7 (NKJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

 

2)     The availability of the Holy Spirit is universal. 

38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 

  • Application: The Jewish people had no point of connection with Jesus on this.  Up until this point on a select few were privileged to have the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives // that has now changed!

  

3)     The availability of the Holy Spirit is continuing.   

38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”  

  • Application: The “living water” factor, i.e. deal with the cessation issue (the church arguing over what the Holy Spirit can and cannot do)
  • Jesus is shouting – the abiding and active presence of the Holy Spirit is here for the asking. 

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NLT)

19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.20 Do not scoff at prophecies,21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.22 Stay away from every kind of evil.

  

Your To-do list

 First: Admit your thirst.

Second: Leave you old “wells” and come to Jesus (v.38)

  • EXAMPLE: The young man who served our table at breakfast for this week’s Sabbath \\ his idea of resting was sleeping late and then drinking himself senseless.  😦

Third: Be clear on what it is you are asking for: A supernatural life.

VITAL(!) A “supernatural life” represents a radical departure from your old “norm”

  • EXAMPLE: Marriage = is a good and satisfying choice but it requires a radical departure from your old life.  (You move from the ranks of the single adult to a married adult)

 

VITAL(!) A “supernatural life” means that your answer is not more “material things” but more of the Holy Spirit in your life.

 

  • EXAMPLE: A satisfying marriage does not equal more girlfriends (boyfriends) // it means more of the person you married.

 

Conclusion

The true meaning of the “fear of the Lord”

  • The true meaning of the fear of the Lord is not being afraid the God’s hand will fall on you in judgment; but that because of your life you will grieve Him and He will remove Himself from you, i.e. the river will dry up.

 

  • EXAMPLE: David’s reaction following Nathan’s “preaching” to him about his sin with Bathsheba…

 

Psalm 51:10-12 (NKJV)
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

 

One thought on “While the Church is Arguing

  1. Awesome… My thought yesterday (Saturday) is that the enemy drags us out into the desert, and everything he offers us in the dessert is a “mirage”. It will look like a pool of living water, but the devil will have us drinking the sand.

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