Better Together // Marriage

With the circumstances surrounding us and sheltering in place, relationships may be taking the strain. Lead Pastor Carl Gulley dove straight into what is required in every relationship: humility. What does humility require of me? What if we didn’t just have the courage to ask ourselves that question, but acted upon it?

Better Together // Discipleship

Lead Pastor Carl Gulley continued our Better Together series, all about community and why we need it. If we are following Jesus, we are woven into the family of God. When this worldwide pause comes to an end, what do you want your life to look like? If we want to be ready for the new normal God has for us, accountability and community are how we get there.

Better Together // Community

Lead Pastor Carl Gulley kicked off our new series, Better Together. While we may be physically distant during this time, that does not mean that we are emotionally, relationally or spiritually distant. We were made to follow God with people. When we do life vulnerably and intentionally with people, we are able to encourage each other and spur one another one in our love for God.

Anchored In // Anchored in His Character

Lead Pastor Carl Gulley continued our Anchored In series, diving into the longest standing tradition in world history: the Jewish Passover Seder. The meal itself is significant as it highlights God’s consistency of character. However, when Jesus took this meal with His disciples, He changed the order. Through the symbolic meal, He demonstrated that He, Jesus, was still the Deliverer, and He was about to deliver the whole world.

Super Natural // Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Lead Pastor Carl Gulley continued our Super Natural series this week covering the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Carl spent time answering two main questions: are the gifts of the Spirit for today and why do we need supernatural gifts? We looked at motivation and manifestation gifts, specifically the gifts of prophecy, tongues and healing and why we are called to desire those gifts as the Church today.

Be sure to tune in next week as we wrap up our series.

Super Natural // Gifts of the Holy Spirit

This resource page is designed to supplement your study of the Holy Spirit throughout our 4-week Super Natural series. Each Sunday, you’ll have access to additional resources that accompany that week’s sermon topic. You can study and complete these materials in one sitting, or spread them out through the week, whichever is most helpful for you. We hope you enjoy taking a closer look at who the Holy Spirit is, what He offers us, and how He moves in our lives.

Devotional

Rebecca started the morning just as she usually did: in her time with God, she remembered to ask Him to fill her with the Holy Spirit so that she had power to face whatever came her way. When she got to work, she grabbed a coffee mug and engaged with her coworkers in the breakroom. Jill, a woman who worked closely with Rebecca, mentioned that she had been in a minor car accident over the weekend, and was experiencing pain in her neck and back. Rebecca felt a prompting in her heart, “Offer to pray for Jill.” Rebecca had read in her Bible that morning the story in Acts 3, when Peter and John had encountered a man who could not walk…she recalled how they had spoken to him in the name of Jesus Christ, and he was healed. She knew God was prompting her by the Holy Spirit to pray for Jill’s pain to be taken away so that she could be healed.

“I’m so sorry you’re in pain, Jill. This might sound crazy, but I believe God can heal you and help you. Would you mind if I pray for you right now, that your neck and back pain would be taken away?”

Jill was hesitant – she didn’t really know much about God or go to church – but she trusted Rebecca as a friend, so she agreed. Rebecca prayed right there in the breakroom a simple prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to come and heal Jill, remove her pain, and allow her to work that day without any discomfort. She thanked God because she knew He saw Jill and loved her and wanted to restore her. “…in Jesus’ name, amen,” she ended.

Jill’s eyes opened wide. She moved her head from side to side and bent down towards her toes…she had no pain! “I don’t know what to say! Just a minute ago, I couldn’t move like this without hurting…but now, it doesn’t hurt! Rebecca, how did you do that?”

Again, the Holy Spirit reminded Rebecca of the story she had read that morning: those who witnessed the lame man’s healing “were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him,” so Peter began sharing of the great power of God and story of Jesus. God had given Rebecca this same opportunity to share the Gospel today!

Rebecca told Jill that God had healed her because He loves her and wants a relationship with her. She shared the Gospel, how Jesus had been killed, buried and resurrected so that Jill could have eternal life. Rebecca recalled how her own life had been changed by surrendering to Jesus, and how she had witnessed other powerful things by the Holy Spirit, just like Jill’s healing. She asked Jill if she wanted to learn more about a relationship with God – and Jill said, “Yes!” They agreed to meet up at lunchtime to talk more. Rebecca felt so encouraged that God had spoken to her and used her to touch her coworker. And though Jill was still shocked, she wondered about this God who had seen her in her pain and reached down from heaven to touch her…what happened just now in the breakroom had to mean He is real.

Rebecca’s consistent hunger for the Holy Spirit started everything…and her obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit opened a door for someone who didn’t know Jesus. The gift of healing she had received by faith was now working to produce fruit in her life – and salvation for her friend, Jill!

Are you hungry for the Holy Spirit today? Are you earnestly desiring the spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1)? What might the Holy Spirit do through you today, as you yield to Him – something to strengthen you, or to empower another believer, or to open a door for someone who is doesn’t know God?

Sermon Recap

Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to each person for the common good.

Living a supernatural life is supposed to be extremely normal…so much so that you’d EARNESTLY DESIRE the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit differ according to the grace of God: you get different gifts based on your God-given makeup – the capacity, personality, and identity God has placed within you because of that which He has designed you to do.

Motivation Gifts (Romans 12:3-8)

Manifestation Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-8)

The goal is for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be used in such a way that YOU come alive, the CHURCH comes alive, and the LOST come alive.

Prophesy guidelines:

  1. No dates
  2. No mates
  3. No direction
  4. No correction

Tongues:

John Piper defines tongues as: “an ecstatic utterance where your heart is full of the Holy Spirit and He looses your tongue to utter syllables that are of spiritual value to you. And if someone has an interpretation, they become valuable to others.”

The reason we need spiritual gifts is because we are in a spiritual war. And our weapons aren’t things that make sense to the human mind, but they make sense to the Spirit of God!

Scriptures from the Sermon

Different Kinds of Gifts

Click HERE to see the “motivation gifts” and the “manifestation gifts” in Scripture.

Gifts Assessment

Click HERE to take a spiritual gifts assessment and click HERE to read detailed descriptions of each gift. (This gifts assessment and the definitions are not an Antioch-Waco publication, but are administered through spiritualgiftstest.com.)

Challenge

Our Supernatural series spans 28 days (February 16 – March 16). One great way for you to study the Holy Spirit throughout this series is to read one chapter from Acts each day (there are 28 chapters). As you read, circle or highlight any place that the Holy Spirit is mentioned – make notes in each place about what happens (how does the Holy Spirit appear and what is the result).

 

By Meredith Zuercher

Super Natural // Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Lead Pastor Carl Gulley continued our Super Natural series, diving deeper into who the Holy Spirit is. This week we looked at what it means to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and examined the difference between what we think is culturally acceptable versus what is biblically acceptable. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was promised by Jesus and we want to be part of every Jesus promise.

Be sure to tune in next week as we continue our series.

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Super Natural // Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

This resource page is designed to supplement your study of the Holy Spirit throughout our 4-week Super Natural series. Each Sunday, you’ll have access to additional resources that accompany that week’s sermon topic. You can study and complete these materials in one sitting, or spread them out through the week, whichever is most helpful for you. We hope you enjoy taking a closer look at who the Holy Spirit is, what He offers us and how He moves in our lives.

Devotional

Mike had never owned a motorbike before, but had always dreamed of having one. So, when he had saved enough money to buy one for himself, he was so proud and excited to show it off to his friends. The first day he rode it to work, everyone was in awe and happy for Mike. As he was showing it off, his friends thought to themselves, Something doesn’t sound right, but they didn’t want to ruin the moment for Mike, so they didn’t say anything. Mike rode his bike to and from work each day that week, and his friends continued to notice that something seemed off with the engine, which they found odd for a brand-new bike. By Friday, one of Mike’s friends, who was fairly familiar with bikes, approached him: “Mike, this bike is awesome, I’m so happy for you. Tell me more about it – like, how do the gears work? Is it 3-up, 1-down? How do you switch them? Have you gotten used to that yet?”

Mike looked kind of strangely at his friend and replied, “What do you mean, gears?”

Indeed, Mike had been riding his bike around everywhere in first gear all week long. You don’t have to know much about engines to know that this was not the way the bike was intended to be ridden. If you were to ride around with your car in first gear, you would experience two things: 1) you won’t get anywhere very fast, and 2) you’re going to burn your engine out.

The truth is, it’s possible to live our lives as Christians in first gear. The baptism – the continual filling – of the Holy Spirit is what keeps our spiritual engines from burning out, and can launch us into the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit in a way we’ve never experienced before.

Throughout the New Testament, we see the Holy Spirit come upon the disciples and empower them to live and minister just as Jesus had commanded. They needed this filling each and every time – and so do we. If we are to experience greater intimacy with God, we need the Holy Spirit to draw us close. If we are to do the things God has called us to do, we need the Holy Spirit to give us power. We just have to ask Him daily to pour out the Holy Spirit, to come upon us and to fill us. Luke 11:13 says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Are there areas of your life that you feel are “burning out”? Are there areas of your life that need a breakthrough? Ask for a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit today!

Biblical and Historical Study

Click HERE for further examples of the baptism of the Holy Spirit throughout Scripture and church history.

Challenge

Our Super Natural series spans 28 days (February 16th – March 16th). One great way for you to study the Holy Spirit throughout this series is to read one chapter from Acts each day (there are 28 chapters). As you read, circle or highlight any place that the Holy Spirit is mentioned – make notes in each place about what happens (how does the Holy Spirit appear and what is the result).

Sermon Recap

Baptism – immersed in, plunged under, soaked, drenched

Baptism of the Holy Spirit – a gateway into a new dimension of supernatural power that draws you (and subsequently others) to Jesus

We need the baptism of the Holy Spirit because we are in a spiritual war that requires supernatural weapons and supernatural power!

Scriptures from the Sermon

 

By Meredith Zuercher

Super Natural // Who Is The Holy Spirit?

Lead Pastor Carl Gulley gave us a Biblical perspective on the person of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who enables us to live the super natural lifestyle that Jesus has called all of us to live. From who the Holy Spirit is to how He functions, there are scriptures throughout the Old and New Testament pointing us to the person of the Holy Spirit.

Be sure to tune in next week as we continue our series.

Super Natural // Who Is The Holy Spirit?

This resource page is designed to supplement your study of the Holy Spirit throughout our 4-week Supernatural series. Each Sunday, you’ll have access to additional resources that accompany that week’s sermon topic. You can study and complete these materials in one sitting or spread them out through the week, whichever is most helpful for you. We hope you enjoy taking a closer look at who the Holy Spirit is, what He offers us, and how He moves in our lives.

Sermon Recap

Super: of an extreme or excessive degree; very; extremely or excessively

Natural: as is normal or to be expected; ordinary or logical

SUPERNATURAL = EXTREMELY NORMAL

The Holy Spirit is a PERSON, not a thing.

John 14:16-17, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

As I allow the functions of the Holy Spirit to increase in my life, my friendship with God is increased as well.

Scriptures from the Sermon

Additional Scriptures

Click HERE for a list of other Scriptures that describe who the Holy Spirit is.

Devotional

John 16:7, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”

Can you imagine what the disciples were thinking when Jesus said this? They did not want Jesus to go away; they needed Him to stay and continue teaching them. How could Jesus leaving be better than Jesus being with them in person? They wanted more of His stories, more of His touch, more of His encouragement, more of His correction, more of His joy, more of His deeds…

But Jesus knew…He knew that the disciples would receive the Holy Spirit – this Helper – and have everything they needed. All that they were afraid of losing would be available to them, to each one of them, at all times, through the Holy Spirit. And not just to them…but to everyone who confesses Jesus as Lord. He knew the Holy Spirit would continue to teach them, to touch them, to encourage them, to correct them, to fill them, to work in them and through them – all to the glory of the Father, just as He had.

Jesus’ words in John 16 were confusing to many of his disciples, but when He appeared to them again in John 20, after His resurrection, they experienced that promise. John 20:22, “And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”’ The Book of Acts continues the story of the disciples as they learn to walk with the Holy Spirit, as they did with Jesus.

And Jesus intends for all of us to walk in this same power by the Holy Spirit – but we can only do that if we seek to know who the Holy Spirit is, to ask for Him and receive Him into our lives daily. What is it that you need specifically for today? Do you need to know God’s character? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to you. Do you need boldness to share in your workplace? Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you. Do you need wisdom for a complex situation? Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Do you need courage to forgive? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Remember, it is to your advantage that Jesus went away after His resurrection so that you could receive the Holy Spirit. He is your Helper today.

Challenge

Our Supernatural series spans 28 days (February 16th – March 16th). One great way for you to study the Holy Spirit throughout this series is to read one chapter from Acts each day (there are 28 chapters). As you read, circle or highlight any place that the Holy Spirit is mentioned – make notes in each place about what happens (how does the Holy Spirit appear and what is the result).

Bonus Resource

If you want even more – or are curious about how God speaks through the Holy Spirit – click HERE for a discipleship lesson on Hearing God’s Voice.