Archive for January, 2009
January 18, 2009
The Holy Spirit; God’s Living River of Power
1. What is the Trinity?
There are many promises of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit they are:
a. Isaiah 44:3___________________________________________________________
b. Joel 2:28-29 __________________________________________________________
c. John 14:15-17__________________________________________________________
d. John 15:26____________________________________________________________
e. John 16:7-15 __________________________________________________________
f. Luke 24:29____________________________________________________________
Many years ago, the US government installed electrical power lines to thousand of farms far away from the cities. With electricity, farmers could enjoy greater productivity and prosperity. But many farmers were not familiar with electricity, and felt uncomfortable about changing their ways. They simply ignored it, and continued in their old ways, getting far less accomplished with their own limited muscle-power than they could have with the help of electricity. They needed to accept and utilize this new source of power.
2. In John 7:37-39 Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would flow out of the hearts of those who believe in Him, like rivers of what?
As Christians we have a source of power available through Jesus Christ, but we also need to accept and utilize this power in the different areas of our lives, so it can do its work. Then God’s “living water” will flow out of our hearts.
3. In Luke 11:13, whom did Jesus say our Heavenly Father would give to those who ask Him?
4. In Acts 1:5, Jesus, after his resurrection, told His disciples that before many days they would be baptized with Whom?
To transmit this power into our lives, God ours out His Holy Spirit on those who believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit, of course, is a Person, not a thing. He is the “third part of God”, as you learned in our first lesson, when you read about the Doctrine of the Trinity. In Acts 1:8 Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” The Scriptures in Question five describe how this took place on Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Jesus’ resurrection (Pentecost is the Greek word for fiftieth).
5. Read Act 2:1-4, which tells how the promise that Jesus made in Acts 1:5 was fulfilled, and then answer the following questions:
a. On what day did this happen? ___________________________________________
b. What did they hear? _________________________________________________
c. What did they see? __________________________________________________
d. Who were the disciples filled with?_______________________________________
e. What did they begin to speak in? ________________________________________
Just like the farmers mentioned above, being connected to a source of power is not enough. You have to turn on the switches of faith and obedience in your heart, and let that power flow in and go to work in all areas of your life. That is what the Bible means by being filled when they cooperate fully with the working of His power as described in the Bible.
We must learn how the Spirit operates; we must decide to accept His operation in our life, and then act on that decision. When Christians do that, the power of the Spirit accomplishes things that they could never do by themselves. In the next two lessons, you will see some of the ways that His power works in our lives.
6. How many days after Easter is the Day of Pentecost?
7. What is the difference between experiencing the power and influence of the Holy Spirit in very limited ways, and being filled with the Holy Spirit until you overflow? What difference would it make in a person’s life?
What is Pentecost? Pentecost means "fifty" and designates the fiftieth day after
Pentecost relates to the Old Testament Feast of Weeks. Deut. 16:9-10,
“You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 “Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the Lord your God blesses you."
The Feast of Weeks was a religious holiday that occurred at the beginning of the wheat harvest and was a display of thanksgiving to the Lord for His provision.
Pentecost is observed only for two days and it marks the closing of the Passover season. It has strong agricultural significance since it is associated with the Old Testament context time that mentions the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. Historically, Pentecost (Feast of Weeks) became increasingly known for its historical significance associated with the time of the giving of the Law of Moses.
Where the term "Pentecost" comes from
Pentecost (or "the 50th day" in ancient Greek) is a holiday of Christianity commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, fifty days after the resurrection. (In the UK, it is referred to as Whitsunday, because of the white robes traditionally worn this day by those newly baptized.)
Verse for February 1st:
Romans 14:17 Love and Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit