Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
June 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Guided By the Holy Spirit
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday June 8, 2014
Guided by the Holy Spirit
Romans 8:5-6 and John 15:1-4 .
We were born without any knowledge, but with the capacity to 
acquire it through extensive training. Our parents were the first 
sources to nurture us in the process of becoming a socialized 
person. They toiled long hours, made great sacrifices, experienced 
frustration, intermitted joy, and maintained confident that we 
would experience normal growth and development. During those 
long years, our parents served as guides for us. 
In addition to our parental guides, we were bless with guides 
that included our teachers, ministers, and mentors. While all of 
these guides were indispensable, they are incapable of serving as 
guides for our spiritual journey. Since this task can only be 
provided by the Holy Spirit - described in John 15:1-4 as the True 
Vine, our sermon today was prepared to shed light on the Holy 
Spirit as our earthly guide. It has been entitled, Guided by the 
Holy Spirit. The sermon will explore the following three 
dimensions of the Holy Spirit, namely: the daily struggle to accept 
this guidance, the psychological discomfort in this process, and the 
ultimate benefit for the believer. 
As background for this sermon, attention will be called to a 
few Scriptural teachings about the Holy Spirit. The Bible presents 
the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead as noted in 
Matthew 28:19. The Spirit was present at creation ( Gen. 1:2. The 
Spirit was a witness to the baptism of Jesus ( Matthew 3:17 ). Jesus 
promised that the Spirit would replace him after his ascension to 
the Father ( John 14:16-17) and the Holy Spirit took up residency 
on earth on the day of Pentecost ( 2nd Chapter of Acts ). 
Since that glorious day, the Holy Spirit has been on earth and 
He yearns to be the guide for humankind, a duty assigned by 
Jesus who said, “ How be it when he, the Spirit of truth is come, 
he will guide you into all truth...( John 16:13 ). Beloved, these are 
but a few Scriptural references for the reality of the Holy Spirit. 
Of particular interest for our sermon is the promise that the 
Spirit will guide us into all truth. Hence, our thought must go 
back to the subject - Guided by the Holy Spirit along with three 
concerns, the first on being the daily struggle to allow the Spirit to 
be our guide. Friends, the Bible tells us that we are carnal and 
spiritual, or flesh and spirit. It is an unfortunate fact that we are 
more aware of our carnal nature than our spiritual prospect. This 
problem can be traced back to the birth process. Every one is 
born carnal, but each person must seek to become spiritual. The 
task is quite difficult owing to the materialistic culture in which 
we live. Our desires, goals, dreams, actions, and future plans - 
are largely anchored in the carnal sphere. Within this worldly 
setting, we are prone to believe that uniting with a church, 
participating in its ordinances, and fellow shipping with the 
believers - all signify a spiritual outlook on life. Well, my 
beloved, I must disillusion you today. Let find the crux of our 
problem, it is recorded in Romans 7: 16-18 where Paul 
acknowledges his dilemma ( let’s read it ). Does his problem 
sound like yours? Well, Paul found the solution as noted in 
in versed 24, and so can we. Let us now turn to the second 
point of our sermon, which is - the apparent physiological 
discomforts in being guide by the Holy Spirit. In the text today, 
Saint Paul talks about the reality of suffering. He had a personal 
knowledge of suffering that occurred on his missionary journeys; 
his experiences included being whipped, being imprisoned, being 
ship wrecked, and chased by mobs. But his thoughts of being 
guided by the Spirit caused Paul to write, “ For I reckon that the 
sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with 
the glory which be revealed to us”. ( Romans 8:18 ). Another 
apostle, Peter, who preached the first sermon on the day of 
Pentecost, viewed suffering as a trial of one’s faith in the Holy 
Spirit as guide. Thus he wrote, “That the trial of your faith, being 
much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be 
tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory 
at the appearing of Jesus Christ” ( 1st Peter 1:7 ). 
The third, and final consideration is - benefits from being 
guided by the Holy Spirit. This word, benefit, denotes positive 
or desirable outcomes from an activity. Within the spiritual 
context, there are two types of benefits. The first is that of one’s 
worldly reputation. This type encompasses morals, ethics, and 
concern for others. While these qualities are highly desirable for 
one’s social image, they are incapable of leading to salvation, hence, 
a person can be socially outstanding and yet spiritually lost. To 
advert such a disaster, every person should yield to being guided 
by the Holy Spirit. This type of leadership, while enhancing one’s 
reputation, is the conduit, or channel, to divine benefits. 
Our text, in describing one of the benefits, tells us that we 
are children of God, and secondly, we are joint-heirs with Christ. 
Beloved, this means that as God raised Jesus from the dead, He 
will, also, raise all others who yield themselves to being guided 
by the Holy Spirit ( Romans 8:16-17 ). 
Moving from the twofold benefits found in Romans, there is 
another benefit associated with being guided by the Holy Spirit; 
it is found in the First Book of John, Chapter 3 and verse 1 - 
therein it is stated, “ Those who are so led, shall be like him, shall 
see him, and shall be purified. 
So in closing my friends, we are all guided by some 
internal forces. Those forces may emanate from training at 
home, in the school, on the job, and in specialized groups. 
The challenge, as presented in our sermon, is for us to all the 
Holy Spirit to be our God. Amen.
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