Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
October 28, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Guided By the Holy Spirit
Description

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
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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
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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 physiologicalp. 4
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
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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.

 

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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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