Teaching the Ministry of the Spirit to Others
In one of His last teachings before ascending into Heaven, Jesus warned the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the Spirit’s power.
Acts 1:8 — “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (NIV).
In our discipleship ministry, there is probably no more important truth to convey than the ministry of the Spirit. Indeed, the Lord Himself indicated that the fruit of the Spirit and a fruitful witness are by-products of the Spirit’s work in and through us.
John 15:16a – “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last” (NIV).
Review the concept
A practical way to convey the ministry of the Spirit clearly to others is by familiarizing yourself with the Holy Spirit booklet, produced by Campus Crusade for Christ. (http://www.greatcom.org/english/spirit.htm) The booklet follows this simple and clear four-point outline:
1. Plan “God has provided for us an abundant and fruitful Christian life.”
2. Problem “Carnal (self-centered) Christians cannot experience the abundant and fruitful Christian life.”
3, Solution “Jesus promised the abundant and fruitful Christian life as the result of being filled (directed and empowered) by the Holy Spirit.”
4. Decision “We are filled by the Holy Spirit by faith. Then we can experience the abundant and fruitful life which Christ promised to each Christian.”
Suggestions for teaching the ministry of the Spirit to others:
- First, gain personal experience about the Spirit by walking in His gracious power each day.
- Be open and candid with your disciples. Let them see your short-comings and failures, and then they will notice your growth as provided by the Spirit.
- Keep short accounts with God and others. Allow others to observe you as you confess your sin and ask forgiveness.
- Demonstrate aggressive faith. Show others that you are trusting God and living beyond your limitations.
- Teach the ministry of the Spirit often. Don’t assume that if they have heard it once that they understand it.
- Be creative. Continually look for new ways to convey these truths to your disciples.