“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”
In this week’s text, Pastor Brian walked through three verses in John 7 packed with the power of the Holy Spirit. When we are quenched by the Holy Spirit we don’t only have access to streams of living water that will never run dry, but we also become a well for others.
Let’s read together.
Read this from the Bible together:
37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
Some key statements and questions put forward that are important for us to talk about…
Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. God is in the business of bringing dead things to life but that requires water. Why do you think Jesus equates the Holy Spirit to thirst? What does the physical act of drinking require?
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. Pastor Brian said that the only condition is belief in Jesus to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If you love Jesus this is going to happen, have you experienced this to be true?
By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. The Holy Spirit couldn’t come until Jesus left. We live in a time where the Spirit is alive and well, have you ever wondered if that was true or not?
The Holy Spirit is given so we can actually live the way we are supposed to. Have you experienced the Holy Spirit empowering you to change in areas you weren’t able to before you believed in Jesus?
The Holy Spirit is given so we can bear witness to others about Jesus. Pastor Brian read Acts 1:8 and talked about how we are called to be witnesses through the power of the Holy Spirit. How urgent does bearing witness about Jesus seem to you?
“Jon was no longer under the delusion that he was never going to die. He knew he was going to die. So he spent the last two years of his life in this way, ‘I am going to love this woman. I am going to serve this church. And I am going to love my God.’”. Our dear friend Jon Schold went home to Jesus this week. Pastor Brian posed this question in light of our church’s loss, “How are you going to live an intentional life?”