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 …]

Sunday: The Fruits of the Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit
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Christ and the Holy Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit have the same Author. Yet, they are not the same. No one is required to manifest a gift of the Spirit, but everyone should manifest the fruit of the Spirit. Spiritual gifts do not necessarily testify to spirituality, but the fruit of the Spirit … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit
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Church and Holy spirit as Dove

Read for This Week’s Study: 1 Cor. 12:4-7, 1 Cor 12:11; Eph. 4:7; 1 Cor. 12:14-31; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 John 4:1-3. Memory Text: “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit
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“In modern language the passage in Galatians 5:22-23 could read something like this: ‘The Fruit of the Spirit is an affectionate, lovable disposition, a radiant spirit and a cheerful temper, a tranquil mind and a quiet manner, a forbearing patience in provoking circumstances and with trying people, a sympathetic insight and tactful helpfulness, generous judgment … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Gentleness and Self-Control
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Fruit of the Spirit

Read Galatians 5:23 and Matthew 5:5. Why is meekness or gentleness so important for Christlike leadership? Gentleness or meekness does not mean weakness. It is not cowardice or lack of leadership. On the contrary, Moses was called the meekest man on earth (Num. 12:3); yet, he was a powerful leader of God’s people. Meek people … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Holy Spirit and the Fruit 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 …]

Wednesday: Kindness, Goodness and Faithfulness
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Read 1 Corinthians 13:4. Why does genuine kindness have such positive appeal to other people? Where do you see God’s kindness in His dealings with humanity? “Kindness” is the word frequently used in describing God’s dealings with His people. Kindness also describes our dealings with others in their failures. God could be quite harsh in … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Joy, Peace and Patience
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Truthfulness of Scripture

Romans 14:17 reads: “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (NASB). That is, joy is love’s reaction to the blessings of God and His great mercy and forgiveness. Now, human joy often is focused upon earthly things and is affected by the … [Click to read more …]