1 Corinthians 12:12-14 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13) For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body -whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14) Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Introduction: Paul’s writings show that the Holy Spirit was just as real and personal to him as Jesus was. He recognized the important place the Spirit had in the Church, in his ministry, and in the lives of individual believers.
I. In the Church
1) The Gifts of the Spirit
Charismata - “freely and graciously given gifts.”
The gifts of the Spirit are necessary if the Church is to continue the work of Jesus as He intended in this age
1 Corinthians 12:11 All these (gifts) are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
2) Understanding of the Spirit
Ephesians 1:17 It is the Spirit who gives spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
3) Unity of the Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:13 We have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
II. In Ministry
1) The Word of God
2) The Fruit of the Spirit
The fruit of the Spirit is still the key.
Romans 5:5 God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
3) The Dwelling Place of the Holy Spirit
The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19
III. In Our Lives
1) Adoption by the Spirit
Galatians 4:6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, Abba, Father.
Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
2) Renewal by the Spirit
If fruit is desired it must be cultivated.
3) Victory by the Spirit
2 Corinthians 5:5 It is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.