Theme Verse: John 20:21-22 NIV
Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
What I want to talk about now is the various ways God's Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often misunderstood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable...
3 Ways the Holy Spirit Empowers Us for the Mission of God
1. Supernatural Gifts
Now God gives us many kinds of special abilities, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service to God, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are many ways in which God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work in and through all of us who are His. The Holy Spirit displays God's power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church.
Guiding Gifts: Make things happen
"I want to see results!"
Pastor, Apostle, Leadership, Administration
Influencing Gifts: Communicate God's Word
"I want to rally people!"
Teaching, Evangelism, Preaching, Prophecy
Fellowship Gifts: Care for God's people
"I want healthy relationships!"
Mercy, Hospitality, Pastoring, Encouragement, Healing, Exhortation
Task Gifts: Support God's work
"I want to do it right!"
Helps, Giving, Craftsmanship, Intercession
Support Gifts: Complement other gifts
"I want to reinforce other gifts!"
Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment, Faith, Interpretation of Tongues, Miracles
Misconceptions About Spiritual Gifts
2. Supernatural Boldness
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and grant to your servants great boldness in their preaching, and send your healing power, and may miracles and wonders be done by the name of your holy servant Jesus." After this prayer, the building where they were meeting shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and boldly preached God's message.
Misconceptions About Boldness
3. Supernatural Wholeness
You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you're still one body. It's exactly the same with Christ. By means of His one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives...
Misconceptions About the "Body of Christ"
The Holy Spirit | God's Empowering Presence Through You
"The Holy Spirit works through us to accomplish God's mission with the gifts He’s given to us for the body of Christ!" Check out this weekend's message where Lead Pastor Whit George talks about three ways the Holy Spirit empowers us for the mission of God.