Sermon Study Notes: The Spirit of Power

This week we finished the sermon series on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Click here to listen to the final sermon titled, the Spirit of Power.

Sermon Text:

Matthew 3:11, 12

Other Readings: 

  • Acts 1:1-8

  • Acts 2:37-47

Application questions:

  • The Holy Spirit came not just to give us a bit of help, but to give us transformative power to live a new life. Is your life characterized by the power of the Holy Spirit? 

  • Reading Acts 2:37-47 gives a good picture of what living a life by the power of the Spirit looks like. Pastor Joseph identified three instincts from the Spirit (1) Sincere devotion (2) Filled with joy (3) Wholistic mission. Which of these is most foreign to your daily life? Why?

  • When we are not living and walking in the Spirit our days blur with boringness and metronome sameness. After praying each morning for God to baptize that day with His Spirit, how will you change the way you view your daily life so that you can walk according to the Spirit instead of just surviving each day.

  • Is repentance an active and ongoing thing in your life? If not, where will you make room to examine your life, repent and ask the Holy Spirit to fill your days with His presence?

  • Jared Wilson talks about people having 3 selves that they live according to - the "regular" self, the "recreational" self and the "spiritual" self. Have you segmented off your life in this way? 

  • What areas of your life do you need to allow the Spirit room to come and do His work in so that all areas of your life are being actively used for His glory?


We need to repent that we have relegated the power of the Spirit to a few spiritual activities and not allowed our lives to be consumed by it. - Joseph Turner

We have three selves that we live according to, our spiritual self, our normal self and our recreational self. we are divided people. -Jared Wilson from the book Supernatural Power for Everyday People 

We often want the comforts of suburbia more than a Spirit filled life. - Joseph Turner

Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith by the power of the Holy Spirit a part of your growth in Him.

These songs are fitting to help you pray and sing through what we are learning about the Holy Spirit and to accompany your reading and personal reflection. Click here to access the playlist on Spotify. Click here to access the playlist on iTunes.