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