Winning Life Coached by the Holy Spirit: Point After
The Quarterback and Owner weren’t happy to just have the game winning play. They knew their new team would need help. The Quarterback could only go in for the game winning play; the rest of the team would have to carry the rest of the game when the Quarterback left the field in the Ascension.
Before making the game winning play with His death and resurrection, Jesus promised His apostles the Holy Spirit in John 16:7–15:
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
In Acts 1:4, we find that the Quarterback, before leaving the game, gave His team some special instructions to ensure the promise could be fulfilled:
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
We’ve all heard the story of Pentecost in Acts 2:1–13:
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs — we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
What It Did to the Early Church
In the middle of Acts 2, Peter, filled with inspiration by the Holy Spirit his Coach, gives the first sermon. He beautifully weaves his personal experiences of the Quarterback in with what Old Testament authors said about the Quarterback. He powerfully opened the Scriptures to show his listeners how the Quarterback was the Quarterback the Owner had promised to elect.
At the end of Acts 2 in verses 42–47, we know that Peter was so inspirational that his listener’s were moved to take decisive action:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
In the rest of Acts, we find the entire church growing and expanding. We have snapshots of how the coach moved in the lives of various team leaders. We see some of the very foundations of Christianity being laid, as well as the baton being passed from one generation to successive generations.
Questions for Reflection
- What do you think it was like for the people in Jesus’ time to see His baptism in the Jordan and later see Him teaching, healing, and performing miracles?
- What do you think it would have been like to be on the early team to witness the death and resurrection, follow by Pentecost and the growth of the early Church?
- What do you think it would mean for you to have personal communication on a regular basis with the Holy Spirit?
- The Holy Spirit has had many titles in the Bible — Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Breath of God, Fire, Wind. Which do you most closely relate to and why?