Gerry Lewin Talks About When We Get the Holy Spirit
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 20, 2016 began with an introit by Jacqueline Miller on the piano.
Rich Sutton had the Personal Ministries Corner. Jesus for Asia will be doing both the campus Week of Prayer and their own Eastern convocation next week. There will be a nurse from Thailand here to talk to the group.
Last weekend Rich attended a Michigan convocation where young people were preparing for some type of mission service. One lady was witnessing on the campus of the school where Hillary Clinton attended. Quite a number showed interest in Rich’s Mexico Missions outreach (building churches in Mexico).
Hillis Jeffries III welcomed everyone and made the announcements. There will be lunch in the cafeteria right after the service, afternoon activities, and supper in the cafeteria. Tomorrow there will be a ladies prayer group in the church at 9:00 a.m. Tomorrow there will be a canning session beginning at 8:00 a.m.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Be Thou My Vision”. Hillis Jeffries III then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Benjamin (9th grader) then called for the offering. T.J. (senior) and Keonwoo (senior) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Juanita Smith prayed for the offering.
Mark (9th grader) then told the children present a story about a boy who prayed when his parents filed for divorce. With each week, the situation got better until his father asked for forgiveness.
Terrence White then read John 7:38-39 “38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
Edgar (senior) played his saxophone for special music. Gerry Lewin discussed the topic “God’s Spirit”. The congregation sang “Praise to the Lord”. Gerry Lewin had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Gerry Lewin – from Jamaica/ works with the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Hillis Jeffries III – academy boys’ dean / local church elder
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the sermon by Gerry Lewin:
- By believing in Jesus, we receive His Spirit.
- John 7:38-39 “38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
- Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
- John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
- A good definition of repentance. Repenting is being reborn.
- Acts 9:17 “And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.” Paul had just met Jesus, had hands laid on him, and received the Spirit.
- Acts 19:1-6 “1 ¶ And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”
- How can we really tell if we’ve really received the Spirit? Romans 6:3-4 “3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
- Baptism is a symbol of death. The Spirit raises up in newness of life.
- Colossians 2:13 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;”
- Romans 8:1-4 “1 ¶ [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
- Noah didn’t steer the Ark. God directed it in its course just like God directs our bodies when we accept Jesus.
- Romans 8:9-11 “9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 ¶ And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
- If Christ is in you, you cannot remain in control, but Christ asks our permission to direct us. But He does have the authority to direct us – He simply doesn’t use it.
- How do you know if you are a son or daughter of God? Romans 8:14-16 “14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”
- Galatians 5:22-23 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
- If these traits are not growing, then we are not directed by God. We have a heart of stone and need a heart responsive to God’s Spirit.
- If we are overcome by sin, we are not rejected by God because Jesus wants us to be one of His children. Note that in the parable of the prodigal son the father runs out to his son despite his son’s sinful past.
- Philippines 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
- Mark 10:27 “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
- Psalm 20:1-9 “1 ¶ « To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. » The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; 2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; 3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. 4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. 5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up [our] banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions. 6 ¶ Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. 7 Some [trust] in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. 8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. 9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.”
- When we believe in Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit, who is given room by our death to self. God wants us to be saved.