October-November Sermon Series: The Friend We Need

At NorthRidge we like to say it’s not about religion but about relationship when it comes practicing Christian spirituality. But what does that mean? According to the Bible that relationship is fleshed out through the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer. In fact, the Bible is very clear, we cannot live the life God wants for us without him. Jesus called him the “one who comes alongside” you whom you will know because he is in you. He will bring the presence, power, wisdom and resources of God to bear in your life. In this series we want to deepen our awareness of who the Holy Spirit is and our connection with what he is doing in our lives.

October 7-8 – Meet the Holy Spirit
Matthew 28:19; John 14: 15-27
So who is the Holy Spirit and why does it matter we know him? Can’t God just give us the rules and let us figure it out ourselves? He could but he doesn’t. Our God is highly relational. This week we will see just how relational and engaged He is with us in this world.

October 14-15 – The Catalyst
John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5-6; 1 Cor 12:12-13
Christianity is not about self-help. When it comes to knowing God we are quite helpless. We need a power greater than ourselves. This week we will see how the Holy Spirit is the catalyst for the new life.

October 21-22 – The Body Guard
John 16:33; 1 John 5:4-8 cp 2:15-17; 1 Tim 4:1-6
The world can be a dangerous place, physically, emotionally and spiritually. How do we navigate it? This week we will see how the Holy Spirit is our divine escort through this world and how to walk with him.

October 28-29 – The Counselor
John 16:33; Romans 1:1-18
Unfortunately, the problem is not just “out there”. The problem is also “in here”, in me. The Bible calls it the sin nature. This week we will see how the Holy Spirit helps us overcome our sinful tendencies so we can fully experience the new life.

November 4-5 – The Warrior
John 16:33; Ephesians 6:1-20
There is an enemy of your soul. There are spiritual forces that oppose the work of God in the world and in you. But you are not unarmed nor are you alone if you are in Christ. This week we learn how the Holy Spirit trains, equips and empowers us to overcome the spiritual forces of evil at work in this world.

November 11-12 – The Lover
Ephesians 5:18-21
We must understand that the Holy Spirit does everything else he does in us through us and for us so that he can do this one most important thing. This week we will seek to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in his desire for us to  experience and respond to the Love of God.

November 18-19 – The Sage
Galatians 5:13-25
Relationships are hard. Families can be difficult. And what person in business hasn’t said, “This job would be easy if it weren’t for the people!”. This week we will learn how to lean into the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and power to love other people.

November 25-26 – The Unifier
1 Corinthians 12:1-13
The Church is meant to be God’s renewed community, a light to the world of God’s vision of society. This week we will see how the Holy Spirit gifts us, empowers us and unites us for the task of being Jesus in this world.

December 2-3 – How to be filled with the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:1-3
While every Christ-follower has received the Holy Spirit that does not mean we are living in the full experience of his reality in us. We are exhorted to seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit. This week we will examine the barriers we put up to the Holy Spirit’s work in us and learn to “walk in the Spirit.


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