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Sun, Jun 17, 2018

328: "The Father's Children" - Acts 16:4-15

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Message #328 "The Father's Children" - Acts 16:4-15 Sunday, June 17 2018 This week we look at the events of Acts 16:4-15 using the character of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as a lens to better understand His leading. In doing so, we'll answer the following questions: How does God lead me? What is His purpose in leading me? Note: our apologies for the last 5-10 minutes of the recording that were interrupted due to technical difficulties. Below are study notes which cover that portion of the teaching. How does God lead me, and what is His purpose in doing so? God leads believers by the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:14; Acts 16:6, 7). The Holy Spirit teaches us all things and reminds us of all things Jesus said to His disciples (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit teaches us to testify of Jesus and not only how to bear witness of Jesus, but when and where and to whom (John 15:26-27; Acts 16:8-10). The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 2; Acts 16:14, 15). The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth, so that He glorifies Jesus through both our lives and our words (John 16:13-15). His purpose? Romans 8:26-30 teaches us that God uses all things (to include His leading us by the Holy Spirit) to ultimately conform us to the image of His Son. Each step in His leading is to increase the character of Christ in our lives which will be observable through our personality and our conduct. This means that sometimes God will lead us away from comfortable circumstances into more challenging ones. This is seen in Acts 16:5 where the Holy Spirit leads Paul, Silas, and Timothy away from churches being strengthened in the faith and increasing in number daily. The Holy Spirit led them to more difficult locations where there weren't as many opportunities but there was a woman whom God would open up to believe the gospel. This in turn provided her household the opportunity to believe and be baptized. This is similar to John 4:1-42 and reflects the heart of God as seen in Luke 15:1-10. God's children are like God's plants which yield fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself (Genesis 1:11-13). Jesus would say "Therefore by their fruits you will know them." (Matthew 7:20) Fruit is identified in the Scriptures as our character (Galatians 5:19-23) and our example (1 Timothy 4:12-16). His Holy Spirit leads us to become more fruitful, and by obeying His leading which will be consistent with the character of the Triune God, God makes us more like Christ. James 1:22 encouragement- Can you see how the Holy Spirit is leading you in this season of life? If not, study God's character and ask Him to help you see these current circumstances through the lens of His character. If so, pray He helps you to bless a brother or sister in Christ to do the same. Related verses: 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 Exodus 33:12-23 Exodus 34:5-7 Exodus 20:5 Ezekiel 18 Jeremiah 31:29-34 Hebrews 12:5-11 Jeremiah 7:16 1 Corinthians 5:4, 5 Revelation 3:19 Mark 10:45 John 4:34 Philippians 2:1-11 John 14:15-17, 25, 26 John 15:26, 27 John 16:7-15 Romans 8:26-30 Ephesians 4:11-16 Luke 15:1-10 John 4:1-42 Galatians 5:19-23 1 Timothy 4:12-16 Calvary Chapel Reston Station 1950 Isaac Newton Sq. Reston, VA 20195 (703) 834-8100 http://www.calvaryreston.org/
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