The Holy Spirit of Christmas – The Holy Spirit Baptism

December 26, 2021   /   Pawleys Island Community Church

Acts 2:38 NIV

“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Mark 1:4-8 NIV

“And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a . 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will

Luke 1:15 NIV

“…and he (John) will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.”

Holy Spirit Lessons from John

  • The Holy Spirit helps us point people to Jesus

Isaiah 40:3-5 NIV

“A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Reflection: Is my life a BRIDGE for people to come to Jesus….or is my life a BARRIER for people coming to Jesus?

  • The Holy Spirit makes us different

Mark 1:6 NIV

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.”

2 Kings 1:8 NIV

“They replied, “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist.” The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

Reflection: How does the Holy Spirit in me make me different from people who don’t have Jesus?

  • The Holy Spirit keeps us Humble

Mark 1:7 NIV

“And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.”

John 3:30 NIV

“He must become greater; I must become less.”

Ephesians 5:18 NIV

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit…”

Reflection: What am I filled with?

Will I humble myself to make more room for the Holy Spirit?

John 14:26 NIV

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you.”

Mark 1:8 NIV

“I baptize you with (in) water, but He will baptize you with (in) the Holy Spirit.”

Ephesians 4:4-6 NIV

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you also were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”

Galatians 5:22-25 NIV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

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