8 The Gifts of the Spirit – Discussion Starters
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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 …]

The Spirit and the Word – Discussion starters
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A new beginning. The Holy Spirit and Spirituality is the topic for the next three months as we delve into God’s Word to learn more about how God’s Spirit deals with us. The introduction to these lessons suggests that God is the primary force of the Old Testament while Jesus plays the lead role in the … [Click to read more …]

Some Lessons from Job – Discussion starters
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Lesson 14. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. We don’t normally have fourteen weeks in a section of the Sabbath School calendar, but this time we do. Why not consider this 14-week time period as an opportunity to learn the virtues of endurance? Of persevering? Of sticking it out? Job did, and his faithful life has … [Click to read more …]

The Character of Job – Discussion Starters
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Light vs Darkness

The story of Job. That could be the title of this 42-chapter book in the Old Testament: The Story of Job. That is, Job the man. Job, facing the challenge of the world since sin took such a domineering role here. Job, wondering what is going on and what he can do about it, and how … [Click to read more …]