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

Monday: The Holy Spirit Unites Us Through Baptism
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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
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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
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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
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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 …]

Thursday: The Holy Spirit and the Gift of Discernment
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I am with you always

Read 1 Corinthians 12:10, 1 Corinthains 14:29 and 1 John 4:1-3. Why is the gift of discernment important? While there are genuine spiritual gifts present in the church, the Bible also warns us not to believe every spirit but rather to test the spirits by their conformity to Scripture, their consistency, and whether they exalt … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Gift, Then and Now
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Holy Spirit and the Word

Read 1 Corinthians 14:1 and compare the different lists in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31; Romans 12:3-8; and Ephesians 4:11-12. Were those gifts given only to the New Testament believers? Why are the gifts available today? There are some Christians who think that the spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament were restricted to … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Purpose of the Spiritual Gifts
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Holy Spirit and the Word

Read Romans 12:3-8 and Ephesians 4:8-12. What is the purpose of the spiritual gifts that God gives us? The spiritual gifts were clearly given for service, not for our sanctification. They are not miraculous tricks that satisfy our curiosity, nor are they given as an antidote to boredom. Often we think about the gifts of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: God, the Sovereign Giver of Spiritual Gifts
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Baptism Unites Us

It is not we who decide what gifts to have. The Greek word for the gifts of the Spirit is charismata-they are gifts of grace, distributed and given by God Himself. We do not earn them by our status, our position, our honor, our education, or our spiritual performance. They are gifts, freely given out … [Click to read more …]