HopeSS: The Holy Spirit and the Church

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Holy Spirit and the Church” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Holy Spirit Unites the Church in Faith and Doctrine

Holy Spirit Unites Church

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:5-6). What is Paul telling us here about unity and where it comes from? Unity in faith and doctrine is accomplished only in faithfulness to the Word of God. The Lord, … [Click to read more …]

8 The Holy Spirit and the Church – Discussion starters

The Holy Spirit Unites Us with Christ. How can the Holy Spirit make it possible for all of us to be united in Jesus? Can’t I just accept His offer of unconditional love on my own?  What does the Holy Spirit do for me at baptism? When as a converted sinner, I rise from the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Holy Spirit Unites the Church Through the Word of God

Holy Spirit and God's Word

Read Acts 17:11; and John 5:39, John 5:46-47; John 8:31-32. What is a distinguishing mark of a true disciple of Christ? Why is the Bible so indispensable in pointing us to Christ and in helping us to follow Him faithfully? The primary means by which the Holy Spirit unites us with Christ is through the … [Click to read more …]

A Counterfeit Gift of the Spirit

The Spirit Moving

Last week we studied about the gifts of the Spirit. This week we are studying about the Holy Spirit and the church. Satan has a counterfeit for most everything. There are some people in the church, who claim to have the gift of “discerning spirits,” when in reality they have Satan’s “gift” of judging and … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Holy Spirit Unites Us Through Baptism

The Holy Spirit and Baptism

Read 1 Corinthians 12:13. How does baptism unite us with Christ and with the Spirit? It is the Holy Spirit who unites us into one body of believers. The public entrance into Christ’s spiritual kingdom is through baptism. We are baptized into a specific church body. Thus, baptism has a distinct communal dimension and important … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Holy Spirit Unites us with Christ

Jesus and the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit unites us in manifold ways. We would not exist as a church if the Holy Spirit would not first unite us with Christ. Christ is the head of the church (see Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 5:23). Through the Holy Spirit, we are effectually united to Christ Himself. Being united with Christ is the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Holy Spirit and the Church

The Holy Spirit and the Church

Read for This Week’s Study: Eph. 1:22-23; 1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 6:3-7; Acts 17:11; Eph. 4:5-6; Acts 2:4-11. Memory Text: “Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thoughts – The Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit

Spectacles on Bible

Read Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 511-517, 593-602. Some have asked, “Why don’t we see the same kind of miracles, such as the miraculous healings, today that were seen in Bible times?” First, we do hear stories about miracles. And surely some people have seen them firsthand, too. Second, when reading the Bible, … [Click to read more …]

The Gifts of the Spirit – Teaching Plan

Church and Holy spirit as Dove

Key Thought: When we respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, He imparts gifts to each of us as He wills, to build up the body of Christ, serve the community, and glorify God. Lesson 8, February 25, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read I Corinthians 12:4-7,11. a. Ask class members to share a … [Click to read more …]