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Episode Info: John 3:1-9 Pastor Chris Tweitmann Have you ever been overlooked by another person? Ignored like you don’t exist? Have you ever been in a room with a group of people only to have no one acknowledge your presence – engage you in any way whatsoever – as if you were someone how completely invisible? Many of us tend to treat the person of the Holy Spirit the same way. Sure, we know and sort of believe the Holy Spirit is real, but the Spirit hovers outside our experience. Sometimes we sense or feel the Spirit, but then again, we’re not quite sure. And then maybe from the little we’ve heard about the Holy Spirit – speaking in tongues, being slain in the Spirit, or some other weird, unexplainable manifestation, we can start to view the Holy Spirit like that weird uncle or cousin of the family we always feel awkward around – that we just can’t figure out how to interact with. Another one of the ways I used to view the Holy Spirit. (SLIDE #1) Because we don’t know what to do with the Holy Spirit, we tend to ignore the Spirit. But last week, we started a new sermon series about the Holy Spirit aiming to show us this is posture we can’t afford to maintain. (SLIDE #2) Together we learned the Gospel ain’t no ghost story. (SLIDE #3) The Holy Spirit isn’t like Casper the Friendly Ghost. (SLIDE #4) The Holy Spirit is a person, one of the three persons of the one and the same God we know as Yahweh. (SLIDE #5) The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity that also includes the Father, and the Son. Even though the Holy Spirit may be the most unique person we’ve ever met, (SLIDE #6) our relationship with the Holy Spirit is how God in Christ purposes to be vitally, tangibly, and intimately present not only with us but in us. (SLIDE #6) The Holy Spirit is God’s love, God’s truth, & God’s power right inside of us. Today, in order to continue to get to know the Holy Spirit better, we begin to consider the role or the central activities of the Holy Spirit. They can be broken into three major focuses (SLIDE #7) The Holy Spirit gives life. The Holy Spirit sustains/enhances life. The Holy Spirit extends life. Today, we are going to focus on the first one – the Holy Spirit as giving life. Our starting point for doing this will be to return, once again, to the teachings of Jesus. We are going to listen to the first half of a very familiar conversation Jesus had with a man named Nicodemus. (SLIDES #9 – 12) Just a little encouragement first, when it came to the Holy Spirit, we’ll notice from this interaction, Nicodemus was just as confused as we often are. As I briefly mentioned last Sunday, it took the early Church some time to fully get to know the Holy Spirit (SLIDE #13). “And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.” This is a line from what is known as the Nicene Creed. It’s named for the place where it was formulated. Creeds summarize the accepted interpretation and understanding of ide...
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