Led by the Holy Spirit

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

LED BY THE SPIRIT
THE SAME SPIRIT THAT IS IN CHRIST IS IN ME

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO DR. LORNE A. MCCUNE
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR
THE COURSE NBST 522

LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

BY
JUTANE M. CRAIGG

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………………..3 THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: HOLY SPIRIT...SOURCE OF ALL GUIDANCE…….3 HOLY SPIRIT…SOURCE OF DAY TO DAY COURAGE……………………………………4 ALL LEADERS OF THE CHURCH WERE MEN OF THE SPIRIT……………………………5 THE WONDERS OF A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE………………………………………………….6 FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT………………………………………………6 THE INDWELLING OF THE SPIRIT…………………………………………………………...7 THE GIVER OF GIFTS—GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT……………………………………..8 THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT………………………………………………………...8 MIRACLES, SIGNS, AND WONDERS……………………………………………………….10 WALKING IN THE SPIRIT…………………………………………………………………….12 FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT…………………………………………………………………………12 LED BY THE SPIRIT…………………………………………………………………………...13 OVERCOMING THE FLESH………………………………………………………………….13 CONCLUSION…………………………………………………………………………………..14 BIBLIOGRAPHY……………………………………………………………………………….15

INTRODUCTION
As Christians we may never know precisely what happened on the Day of Pentecost. We do know that the Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit and the bestowal of the Gift of Tongues on the Disciples and it was one of the supremely great days of the Christian church. On that day the Holy Spirit came to the Christian church in a very extraordinary way. Many of today’s church leaders have preached of the events that occurred at Pentecost as the coming of the Holy Spirit. The danger in this is that many believers in Christ maybe led to believe that the Holy Spirit came into existence at that time. This is not the case. The functioning of the Holy Spirit, as demonstrated in the early Christian church, is not new. The Holy Spirit has been very busy functioning on behalf of mankind for 6,000 years. Our God is one indivisible Godhead that is known in three eternally distinct persons—The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit known as the third person has been speaking since the beginning of Old Testament times to present. In this sense the Holy Spirit is God in every way, thus revealing His truth and righteousness to all men. God’s righteousness is fulfilled only in those who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (see Romans 8:4). The Spirit of God lives within us; therefore, we should also live in Him allowing Him to guide, instruct, and lead us in the way that glorifies Him. Irrefutably, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, a new direction of witnessing began. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: HOLY SPIRIT...SOURCE OF ALL GUIDANCE In the Book of Acts we read of a Spirit-led or Spirit-guided early church. The Holy Spirit is the source of all guidance for the mighty men and women of God which made way for effective ministry. The Holy Spirit is universal in the fulfilling of His operations. He possesses all power, and He is everywhere—omnipotent and omniscient He is. This has allowed us to witness a dominant reality in the life of the early Church. The Spirit operated in a choice of ways that empowered the Disciples of Jesus Christ for instance, in Acts 8:29 moving Philip to a close encounter with an Ethiopian, which gives us a great example and several guidelines of how one-on-one witnessing, should be done. Later in Acts 10:19 it is seen that the Holy Spirit is in full control as He prepared Peter to meet Cornelius the Gentile. In Acts 11:12 ass the walls and barriers between the Jews and Gentiles came down, God ordered Peter to go without hesitation with these envoys, while He prepared Cornelius heart and softened Peter’s so that the spreading of Jesus’ gospel message was fulfilled. In Acts 11:28 the Holy Spirit, then, enables Agabus to prophesy at the church in Antioch of a famine that was to come to the Roman...
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