Throughout this blog, I  plead with leaders, coaches, and communities to depend on the Holy Spirit. I plead with Christians to rely on the Spirit Jesus promised would be our helper. But what does that mean?

What is the Holy Spirit?

With so much confusion surrounding the role, reality, and function of the Holy Spirit, it is best to simply look to the Scriptures as a whole. The Bible describes the giving of the Holy Spirit as him taking residence in the new heart of a person (Ezekiel 35:25-27).  Jesus promised, in John 15, that the Holy Spirit would enable a person to remember Jesus and obey him. This baptism or receiving of the Spirit is possible because we have been made right, forgiven, cleansed, and brought into the family of God through Jesus Christ (Titus 3:4-7). A person who is baptized in the Spirit is a new creation, in Christ, and a dwelling place or house for the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:4, 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, 17, Romans 8:9).

What an amazing grace from God and intentional closeness from our God. Not only did he save us from death, atone for our sins, and cleans us of our shame, he has made us new and dwells not among us, but in us. God gives us a new heart, and our bodies become the household of God that testifies the gospel to us, sanctifies us, and empowers us to obey all that God commanded.

God fulfills the promises he made in the prophets. Jesus fulfills the promises he makes to his disciples. Be confident you are an heir. You are in Christ, reconciled and united with him.

The Spirit Empowered Life

If we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus promises, how does it function in our lives? What does it look like to have the power of the Spirit in your life? This is what we see the Holy Spirit doing in the Bible. The Holy Spirit gives the Christian the power to:

A Christian who lives a life empowered by the Spirt will be reminded of who Jesus is and what he taught, reminded of his character and their identity in Christ. The spirit also gives us power for speaking the gospel and demonstrating the gospel. The Spirit empowers us to be disciples and make disciples.

Leading in the Spirit

The best expression of leading a gospel community by the Spirit is through prayer. Prayers of petition and listening are the best way to begin leading by the Spirit. Leaders who regularly go to God and ask him to do something in the community are leading by the Spirit. Leaders who have difficult shepherding or mission problems who turn to prayer are turning to the Spirit. Spirit led leaders are those who, facing crisis and dilemmas, turn to God in quiet prayer asking God to intervene. They listen to God to known what to do next. They wait to understand God’s heart and purposes. This is what it looks like to lead in the power of the Spirit. A leader who is regularly turning to God in prayer for everything in their gospel community will be led by the Spirit.

Brad A. Watson serves as a pastor of Soma Culver City in Los Angeles, California where he develops, coaches, and trains leaders to form communities that love God and serve the city. Brad is passionate about helping people live lives that reflect their belief and hope in Jesus. He lives in the west side of Los Angeles with his wife and their three kids.