Sermon Recap: WHY DO WE NEED THE HOLY SPIRIT based on John 14:25-27, 15:26-27, and 16:5-15

The Holy Spirit is probably the most unknown and misunderstood person of the Trinity. What is the Holy Spirit? How do we know he is present? How do we know we have encountered him? How can the Holy Spirit help us in living the Christian life?

Unfortunately, misrepresentation and confusion inform our misunderstanding. Two individuals claim to have heard from the Holy Spirit but advocate for opposing positions. Some traditions and movements throughout history cause us to scratch our heads, such as the gold dust and holy roller eras, for they seem to promote chaos, but the Scripture describes God as a God of order (1 Cor 14:33). And there are other movements that say you can only know the presence of the Spirit if you are speaking in other tongues. However, Jesus seemed to indicate the Spirit was available to all who believe in his name, just a select few. As a matter of fact, in his final conversation with his disciples before the arrest, a significant portion of the conversation revolved around the role of the Holy Spirit.

How can the Holy Spirit benefit our lives? Why do we need him?

1) The Spirit is our Teacher (John 14:26). We still need to learn how to become more like Christ each and every day, and we cannot figure it out on our own. Therefore, we need a teacher who shows us the way how to live. And that Teacher is the Holy Spirit.

2) The Spirit refreshes our memory (John 14:26). In times of great stress, anxiety, or trouble, our brains have difficulty accessing information or get stuck in emotions, bypassing the reasoning and logic that exist in the brain’s frontal cortex. Yet in seasons of trouble, the Spirit comes alongside us and helps us recall what the Scripture says or how Jesus has worked in our lives in the past. Memory gives us the power and strength to endure!

3) The Spirit is a reminder of God’s peace (John 14:27). If the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is peace. But if there is much unrest and consternation and an absence of peace, then it should clue us in that we are following ourselves instead of submitting fully to God.

4) The Spirit is Truth (John 15:26). In a day and age when truth is always questioned or not seen as absolute, the Spirit is Truth. He is the right standard, the one who can order our whole lives.

5) The Spirit guides into all truth (John 16:13). As a compass serves as a guide, always pointing north, so too the Spirit guides into all truth. The Spirit will always point back to God, Jesus, and the Word. If what you hear claims to be the Spirit, but it opposes God or the Word, reject it!

6) The Spirit testifies about Jesus (John 15:26). The Spirit’s aim is to make the Son known and declare the truth.

7) The Spirit will glorify the Son (John 16:14). The Spirit also seeks to lift up high the name of Jesus. Everything will point back to Jesus and his salvific work on the cross!

8) The Spirit speaks what comes from the Father (John 16:13). The Spirit is not bought by humanity, nor does he concern himself with the beliefs of humanity; he only says what the Father commands him to say. Sometimes, it will be conviction, and those words will sting but help us grow. But the Spirit will never speak in a way that uplifts humanity in a way that opposes or counters God.

9) The Spirit discerns sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). The Spirit will call out sin, show the way of righteousness, and judge the hearts of humanity. The Spirit’s aim is to make us right with God.

10) The Spirit emboldens our witness (John 15:27). The Spirit gives us the power to share the good news about Jesus with as many individuals as we are able.

The Spirit enhances the life of a believer. Will you embrace the Holy Spirit and welcome him into your life?

Questions for Reflection

1) In what area of faith do you still need teaching? Do you allow the Spirit to be your guide?

2) Can you name a time when you were able to recall a Bible verse when you needed it most? What was that time like? How did the Spirit help?

3) Is your life characterized by peace? Do you need more of God’s presence in it?

4) How do you grow in your faith? Do you use the Spirit as your guide into all truth?

5) What questionable thing have you heard recently? Does it pass the Bible test? Does it come from a human perspective or the Spirit?

6) What prevents us from being able to share the gospel?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, we will be treated by the Gideons. We will also collect a special offering in support of their ministry.

Daily Bible Readings for April 23 – 29

April 23: Job 38:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 24: Job 38:12-21 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 25: Job 38:22-41 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 26: Job 40:6-24 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 27: Job 41:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 28: Job 42:1-6 What does this passage teach us about God?

April 29: Job 42:7-17 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, April 27–Men’s Fellowship Chicken BBQ @ 4:30 am

Sunday, April 28–Gideons Guest Speaker

Sunday, April 28–Worship Team Meeting after church, @ 12 pm

Monday, April 29–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, May 11–Mother/Daughter Banquet @ 5 pm

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of March is Psalm 139:13-14:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL NOT meet this Sunday, April 28. It WILL resume next Sunday, May 5.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. More details will follow!

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

For those who are interested in baptism, there will be a new member and baptism class during the Sunday School hour beginning Sunday, April 7. We will meet in the fellowship hall. Please plan to attend! If you cannot make a session, please let Pastor Ryan know for makeup.

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Dan Rhodes (recovery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–April 23, 2024