Bible Study Back Bay, NB July 9, 2003 Series: Holy Ghost Title: The Power of the Holy Ghost

Text: Acts 1:8- Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth! Read John 15:1-5 & 16 Intro: - There is a common desire in the mind and heart of humanity, and that is for POWER! - I want to be in control, I want to be on ownership of my self and surroundings. - We have POWER! - We have Saving Power - Paul said “ That same spirit that raised Christ from the Dead, dwell in you it shall quicken your mortal body! - Christ in you, the hope of Glory! - We continually live well below the Power level that God has intended for Us- the sons of God! Section 1- Saving Power A: Saving Power - Eph 6 clearly tells us that the war we are fighting in is not of Flesh & Blood, but that of spriritual wickedness in high places. - The battles you and I face, may carry the disguise of flesh but the root cause is warfare! - If we are losing more battles that we are winning, we need to go back to the source. - Get under the spot where Gods power comes out! - I GIVE YOU POWER! to overcome all obstacles that you may keep and stay saved!

Pg 2 Section 2- Growing Power A: Power to Become - Jesus asked us to be ye perfect, as I am perfect. - The Holy Ghost give us the Power to Grow: They that worship must worship in spirit and in truth. - We must learn to walk and talk in the spirit, and that is where the Holy Ghost come in the piture. - Rmns 8:14 - Matt 10:20 - Rmns 8:26 - Rmns 14:17 B: Power to Overcome - Overcoming sin Titus 3:3-53 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, {love: or, pity} 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; I John 3:6- Whosoever abideth in Him, sinneth not - We overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. - Overcome Sin, Flesh & Devil 2. Overcoming other obstacles - Not only can we overcome sin through the power of the HG - We have other stumbling blocks and hurtles that we must face and get through and over.

Pg 3 Sickness, bondage, warfare, problems that arise in the assembly, family problems. - Victory is yours, if you exercise and live and walk and talk in FAITH. - Matt 19:26- with God, all things are possible. - Mark 9:23- all things are possible to them that believeth - John 14:26- Holy Ghost teaches all things. - Acts 6:5- Stephen, a man full of faith and HG. 6:8- Full of power did miracles among the people. - Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God- Rmns 10:17 Part 3 – Witnessing Power - We have the power witin us, to WITNESS - Witness through our speech, actions, attitude, character and lifestyle. A: The Command to GO! - During his last days on earth, Jesus said “Go and Bring forth Fruit” in John 15:16 - In Matt 28- GO YE! - Witnessing Power is within us! - It is clear, CHRIST DEALS WITH THERE HEART - CHRIST SPEAKS THROUGH YOU AND I - CHRIST SAVES!!! - We are only the vessel. B: Promises of the Holy Ghost - Christ was clear about the issue of the use of the Holy Ghost. - In John he says “ I am the vine, ye are the branches” - IN John 15:1-2- Every branch in me, that barreth not fruit he taketh away. Pg 4

PROMISES: - John 15:7 – We will receive what we request - John 15:8- We will Glorify God - John 15:8- We will be his disciples - John 15:9- We will continue in His Love - John 15:11- We will retain His Joy - John 15:11- Our joy will be full - John 15:14 – We will be his friend - John 15:16- we will be the chosen of God Conclusion John 15: 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. - The original Greek for “Ordained”- means to place into, to commit to, to set apart, or set forth! - Deut 6:4- HEAR oh Isreal, the Lord our God is one LORD - Mark 12:29 HEAR Oh Iseal ., the Lord our God is ONE Lord Hebrew for HEAR = Shema Hebrew for ONE= ECHAD The last letter in the word (SHEMA) and the Last word (ECHAD) where enlarged and spelled the word (WITNESSES)