every sunday i hear my pastor speak and i think, “i should share this with my readers!” i am so excited about what i’m learning and i take really good notes. really good.
but then the rest of the day happens.
we go to costco (standard).
we do lunch and naps.
we get stuff done. today it was cleaning out the garage and prepping for a yard sale. i feel like i have a couple pounds of dust up my nose.
once the kids are in bed it’s time for me to write my monday post, totally forgetting about all the wonderful things i learned and wanted to share!
but not today. i actually remembered!
so here’s most of my notes, as good as i could get them. remember, these are not my words, and i did my best to get my notes accurate. if you get a chance, you can listen to tim’s message online, for the full version. it will be well worth your time.
we’re going through our church’s declaration of faith, right now focusing on the triune God, specifically the Holy Spirit today.
the main text we studied was john 3:1-8, and we spent the majority of our time on the first point, hence that’s where the majority of the notes are focused.
Just as the Father ARCHITECTS the Gospel and the Son ACCOMPLISHES the Gospel, the Holy Spirit APPLIES the Gospel to our lives 3 ways…
God the Spirit gives spiritual life that leads us to the Gospel.
we believe in the Holy Spirit. who convicts and gives spiritual life to sinners (regeneration) leading to belief in Jesus Christ. (from our statement of faith)
a. regeneration = new birth, the giving of spiritual life by God the Spirit.
– we were born spiritually dead. we must be born again in order to enter the Kingdom.
– just as we have nothing to do with our physical birth, so we have no hand in our spiritual birth (as much as we’d like to say we do!).
b. regeneration precedes faith
– your faith did not cause you to be regenerated. even faith and repentance are gifts from God.
why do we resist this doctrine? (it tends to be a pretty controversial doctrine)
1. it is a crushing afront to our pride. we want to believe we had something to do with it. God wants to humble our pride.
2. it seems unfair that He would regenerate some, and not others.
– romans 9:14-16 – what shall we say then? there is no injustice with God, is there? may it never be! for He says to moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I WILL HAVE COMPASSION.” so then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
– He is not accountable to us – “depends on God who has mercy.”
some of the many texts that teach this truth:
1. john 1:12
2. john 6:44, 65
3. ephesians 2:4-9
4. james 1:17-18
5. 2 corinthians 4:4-6
6. 1 peter 1:3
7. acts 16:14-15
why is this doctrine important?
– because the bible teaches it.
– because it showcases the Gospel of Grace
– because it humbles humankind and gives the greatest Glory to God.
– if you are not yet a christian, deal with this and trust Christ.
– if you are a christian, wrestle with this doctrine, be humble, and give thanks. God can handle your wrestling. think of jacob and his wrestling that turned to humility.
God the Spirit changes us through the Gospel
the Holy Spirit continually indwells, empowers, instructs, and guides believers for Godly living and service.
God the Spirit gifts us to live out the Gospel
the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers for the glorification of God, the building up of the local church, and the bearing of spiritual fruit.
a. you have a spirit-given gift of God’s grace. (1 cor. 12:7+)
b. those gifts are for serving God and others. (1 peter 4:10)
ok, there you have it! i hope you can gleam a little from my notes because the message in whole was awesome! remember to go listen to it if you have a chance.