11 Grieving and Resisting the Spirit – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Alluring sin. The lesson for this week opens with the comment that sin is appealing and alluring to us humans and the thought that we are “feeble sinners.” What is the cure for being attracted to sin? How can the Holy Spirit help to separate us from the lure of sin that the evil one presents … [Click to read more …]

10 The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Memory Text (Romans 8:26,27). “The Spirit also helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes … [Click to read more …]

8 The Holy Spirit and the Church – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

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 …]

8 The Gifts of the Spirit – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

1. The Fruit of the Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit are not the Same. Do you find it a challenge to understand that the fruit and the gifts of the Spirit are not the same? What is the major difference between the two? Which of the two is required by the seeking Christian? … [Click to read more …]

7. The Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

1. The fruit of the spirit. Are you often encouraged in your Christian life by the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Which of the gifts bring to mind most vividly the blessings of being deeply involved with God as a Christian? What about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? What would your life be … [Click to read more …]

6. The Holy Spirit and Living a Holy Life – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

May He sanctify you.  Our lesson opens with the beautiful benediction in 1 Thessalonians: Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NASB). How closely connected are God’s holiness and … [Click to read more …]

5 The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Optional or Essential? What would the Christian life be like without the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do for us? How does the Holy Spirit help us live the life of a true Christian and not just as a follower of God in name only? Do you want to be filled with the Spirit? … [Click to read more …]

4. The Personality of the Holy Spirit – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Jesus describes the Holy Spirit. Which of the following descriptions of the Holy Spirit have special meaning for you? Share your experience with a Holy Spirit who   guides, speaks, hears, discloses, glorifies, teaches and reminds us, dwells in us, testifies and convicts. How do these actions of the Holy Spirit define Him as a Person? As God? Personal aspects of the Holy Spirit. Why is it important to see the … [Click to read more …]

3. The Divinity of the Holy Spirit – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

The Holy Spirit is God. Is that a subtle reality? Not all Bible-believing Christians accept the divinity of the Holy Spirit with equal ease. What about you? Do you believe that the Holy Spirit is divine? Do you see the Holy Spirit as a member of the godhead on an equal standing with God the … [Click to read more …]

The Holy Spirit: Working Behind the Scenes – discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

“He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:14, NKJV). A Supporting Role. For the most part of Scripture, the Holy Spirit plays only a supporting not a central role. Does this mean that the Holy Spirit has less power than God or Jesus? Explain your answer, if … [Click to read more …]