Who Is The Holy Spirit?
Building Blocks – Part 5
January 29-30, 2022
”’And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.’” John 14:16-17 (p.823)
”I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:25–26 (p.823)
”’Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.’ Then he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” John 20:21-22 (p.828)
- The Holy Spirit Is God In Me.
3 norms for living by the Spirit:
- Allow Him to be active in my life.
”How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?”
Galatians 3:3 (p.891)
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” Ephesians 3:16 (p.896)
- Adapt to the new life He brings.
”Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” Galatians 5:25 (p.893)
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22–23 (p.893)
- Appropriate His power.
“’If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.’”
John 14:15-16 p.823)
”We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him.” Acts 5:32 (p.834)
Series Memory Verse: Romans 12:2 (p.866) “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
My Next Step This Week:
I will pray every day for the Holy Spirit to make me aware of His presence and His power at work in my life.
Weekend Talk of January 29-30, 2022
Building Blocks, Part 5
“Who is The Holy Spirit?”
Life Groups use this guide in their discussion from the Weekend Talk. This is also a discussion guide you can use with your family and friends.
- Do you think most people believe that they have a conscience?
- How much sense does it make to have an engine in your car, but rather than allowing it to power the car you decide to push it around town instead? Or maybe “pedal” in Fred Flintstone style!
- When have you run out of power?
Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?
Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk
Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.
Our One Thing to remember this week is: The Holy Spirit Is God In Me.
Series Memory Verse: Romans 12:2 (p.866)
Background: John 14:15-26 (p.823); John 20:21-22 (p.828)
- Do you sense the Holy Spirit empowering your life? If so, describe an example.
- When you are experiencing difficulties, do you tend to become more aware or less aware of the Holy Spirit in your life?
- The disciples are still pretty clueless, at this point, about what Jesus was up to. Yet Jesus still tells them His plan and promises. Talk about the relevance of this fact in light of how He works in us today.
This week our discussion focuses on appropriating the Holy Spirit’s power:
- Allow Him to be active in my life. Galatians 3:3 (p.891); Ephesians 3:14-19 (p.896)
- Talk about the word “allow.” Why doesn’t the Holy Spirit just do His thing whether I want Him to or not?
- What are some ways we restrict the Holy Spirit from being active?
- As you read from Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-19, what benefits does he describe that come as a result of our being empowered by the Holy Spirit? What results follow?
- Adapt to the new life He brings. Galatians 5:22-25 (p.893)
- Have you caught yourself charging ahead with an activity, only to suddenly realize that “I haven’t even prayed or sought God’s counsel on this important matter!”?
- How is your life different because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in you?
- Do you see evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit in your life? Do others see it?
- While this is not an exhaustive list, highlight the characteristics that Paul presents that result from being controlled by the Holy Spirit. When do we “arrive” at full maturity in these things?
- Appropriate His power. John 14:15-16 (p.823); Acts 5:32 (p.834)
- To appropriate His power is to “press the accelerator” in the car. That activates the power of the engine. Talk about the fact that obedience (John 14:15) is how that happens. What has been your experience?
- Acts 5 describes the events surrounding Peter and John’s arrest and trial (Acts 5:27-33) before the High Council of the Jews. Peter’s declaration in verse 32 comes out of an example of the Apostle’s extreme obedience to not stop talking and preaching about Jesus.
- Talk about the risks we take when we are obedient.
- What opportunities do we face every day to live in obedience?
- In what do you need to be obedient today?
More on the Holy Spirit:
Often in modern times, we can tend to think of the Holy Spirit as an “it” rather than a “He” a person. Read through the following passages which clearly refer to the PERSON of the Holy Spirit. Make notes. What does this mean to you? How significant is it to know that the Spirit is personal?
- 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (p.877)
- 2 Corinthians 13:14 (p.889)
- Ephesians 4:4-6 (p.897)
- Matthew 28:19-20 (p.760)
- John 14:16-17, 26 (p.823)
- John 16:7-15 (p.824)
More Digging Deeper:
Read the Life Transformation Bible Daily Readings (p.A18): “Who is the Holy Spirit?”
- As you read, take notes about what you read.
- What jumps out?
- What did you read that—if you have read that passage before—seems new and fresh?
- When you look up the verses, highlight and make notes about them, too.
My Next Step This Week: __ I will pray every day for the Holy Spirit to make me aware of His presence and His power at work in my life.