Meanderings

Series on the Power of the Holy Spirit

The sermon series on the Holy Spirit featured on my “Front Porch” was inspired by a re-reading of Len Sweet’s New Life in the Spirit (Philadelphia: Westminster Press,1982), pp. 18-28.

  • Jesus promises in Acts 1:8 that we will “receive power when the Holy Spirit” comes.
  • Wind as the Creative Power of the Spirit (p. 18) — Gifted Ministry.
  • Oil as the Comforting Power of the Spirit (p. 22) — Group Fellowship.
  • Fire as the Purifying Power of the Spirit (p. 23) — Grace-Filled Worship.
  • Dove as the Suffering Power of the Spirit (p. 24) — Generous Mission.
  • Water as the Life-Giving Power of the Spirit (p. 26) — Growing Discipleship.
  • See Pentecost sermon by Victor Shepherd “The Holy Spirit as Breath, Dove, Oil and Fire.”

Holy Spirit in Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology.

Holy Spirit in Nave’s Topical Bible.

Quotes on the Holy Spirit:

“There is no need for us to wait, as the one hundred and twenty had to wait, for the Spirit to come. For the Holy Spirit did come on the day of Pentecost, and has never left his church. Our responsibility is to humble ourselves before his sovereign authority to determine not to quench him, but to allow him his freedom. For then our churches will again manifest those marks of the Spirit’s presence, which many young people are specially looking for, namely biblical teaching, loving
fellowship, living worship, and an ongoing, outgoing evangelism” (John Stott in Authentic Christianity).

“When we know we have most of Christ, when we love Him most, live for Him most, we know that the HolySpirit is within us in power” (F. B. Meyer in A Castaway and Other Addresses).

“Spell this out in capital letters: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON. He is not enthusiasm. He is not courage. He is not energy.  He is not the personification of all good qualities, like Jack Frost is the personification of cold weather. Actually, the Holy Spirit is not the personification of anything. He is a Person, the same as you are a person, but not material substance. He has individuality. He is one being and not another. He has will and intelligence. He has hearing. He has knowledge and sympathy and ability to love and see and think. He can hear, speak, desire, grieve and rejoice. He is a Person” (A. W. Tozer in The Counselor).

“Waste of power is a tragedy. God does not waste the great power of his Spirit on those who want it simply for their own sake, to be more holy, or good, or gifted. His great task is to carry on the work for which Jesus sacrificed his throne and his life—the redemption of fallen humanity” (Alan Redpath in The Life of Victory).

“When the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, it wasn’t dynamite, it was a dynamo! Dynamite makes a loud noise, kicks up a lot of dust, and it’s over. A dynamo is a continual source of power. It builds and builds and builds, and the power never stops flowing” (Ken Hutcherson in The Church: What We Are Meant to Be).

“The Spirit will teach us to love the Word, to meditate on it and to keep it. He will reveal the love of Christ to us, that we may love him fervently and with a pure heart. Then we shall begin to see that a life in the love of Christ in the midst of our daily life and distractions is a glorious possibility and a blessed reality” (Andrew Murray in Every Day with Andrew Murray).

“Every time we say, “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it” (J. B. Phillips in Plain Christianity).

“Immediately the Holy Spirit comes in as life and as light, He will chase through every avenue of our minds; His light will penetrate every recess of our hearts; He will chase His light through every affection of our souls, and make us know what sin is. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, man does not” (Oswald Chambers in Biblical Psychology).

“Do not pray for more of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity and is not in pieces. Every child of God has all of Him, but does He have all of us?” (Julia Kellersberger in Presbyterian Journal [May 11, 1983]).

“If a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, his witness will not be optional or mandatory—it will be inevitable” (Richard Halverson in Pentecostal Evangel [Aug. 12, 1979]).