The Holy Spirit (Not a Parakeet)

Who is the Holy Spirit? What does He do? How can we encounter Him more?

Each week, we producing notes, discussion points and application questions for the Sunday talks — helping you go deeper into everything we’re looking at together and resourcing our Small Groups during the week. Use the embedded player to listen to the talk, or click here to visit Soundcloud and download it on a PC.

Key Passages

  • John 14:15–27
  • John 16:12–15

Notes

The Holy Spirit is not a force or an impersonal power. He is a person. The third person of the Trinity, the Spirit is ‘another advocate.’ Just like Jesus, He advocates for us, leading us into truth, comfort, peace, joy, righteousness, freedom, strength, good works and enjoyment of Sonship (sharing in what belongs to Jesus as children of God).

The Spirit is already at work in your life — whenever you gather with others, or turn to God in prayer, or open your Bible, it’s because the Holy Spirit is working in you.

His desire is increasingly to lead us into all the joy and freedom of the children of God, principally by causing us to see and savour Jesus, the result of which is to live radical lives for Him.

We can either cultivate intimacy with the Holy Spirit or dampen intimacy through the things we feed our minds with, what we set our eyes on, what we give our time to, what we chose to listen to, what we decide to believe/reject. Life with the Spirit is not about a hyper-individualised spiritual existence. Life with the Spirit is fed and strengthened within the context of community, since He joins us to the ‘body of Christ’ (the church) and leads us into the world to be good news to those around us.

The work of the Spirit does not always take the same experiential form. This brings great freedom since it means we do not need to drum up / chase after a particular form of experience, emotional or psychological crisis. Instead we can embrace His work in our lives through the many forms it takes, knowing the presence of the Spirit will always produce the same effects — increasing our love for God, making much of Jesus, producing good fruit of Christlikeness, increasing our love for others — John 16:14, John 14:18–24, Gal 5:22, 1 John 4:7

Application Questions

Reflect
- What spoke to you most from Sunday’s talk?

About God
- What comes to mind when you think about the ‘Holy Spirit’?
- How does understanding Him as “another advocate” or “another Christ” (as Martin Luther said) help shape the way you think of Him?
- What is the work of the Holy Spirit and what does that look like?

About Us
- What things cultivate intimacy with the Holy Spirit? What hinders it? What changes do you need to make in light of this?
- How do we recognise the Spirit’s work and presence in our lives?
- Does the work of the Spirit take on the same form for everyone? How is this releasing?
- How can you grow in living in the Spirit and all the freedom He brings?
- Adrian left us on Sunday with the invitation to make a daily habit of each morning inviting the Holy Spirit to take us on an adventure with Him… have you embraced that? Its not too late!

About the World
- How will the world benefit from believers enjoying intimacy with the Holy Spirit?
- Why not share any stories of the Spirit’s work in your everyday life recently with a friend, or note some down in a journal?

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