Wednesday: The Foundation of Biblical Prayer – Claim God’s Promises

Pray and Claim God's Promises

All faith is useless if we do not claim the things for which we have prayed. Read 1 John 5:14-15. What is the reason that we can be confident that God hears us and that we receive what we have requested from Him? The third aspect of Bible prayer is reception. After asking God and … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Foundation of Biblical Prayer – Believe

Prayer - Believe

Read Mark 11:24. Besides asking, what other aspect does Jesus mention in connection with prayer? Asking alone is not enough. There is a second important aspect that needs to be present in our prayers: faith. The book of Hebrews tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please” God (Heb. 11:6, NASB). When we … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Foundation of Biblical Prayer – Ask God

Biblical Prayer

Read Matthew 7:7. Before we can receive anything from God, we have to ask for it. Why is our asking so important, if God knows everything anyhow? Asking reveals our desire and expresses our trust in God. Through prayer we approach Him, from whom we seek support and help. When we ask God, we also … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Prayer that is Pleasing to God

Ask God

Even though clothed in a pious cloak, many prayers are guided by questionable motives. We might pray that someone’s life be spared because we do not like living alone. We might pray for success in God’s work because we are playing an important role in it. We might pray for the conversion of a person … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Holy Spirit, the Word and Prayer

The Holy Spirit and the Word and Prayer

Read for This Week’s Study: John 15:7; Matt. 7:7; Ps. 66:18; James 1:6-8; 1 John 5:14-15; Acts 2:38. Memory Text: “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. … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Holy Spirit and the Church

Spectacles on Bible

“This is the work in which we also are to be engaged. Instead of living in expectation of some special season of excitement, we are wisely to improve present opportunities, doing that which must be done in order that souls may be saved. Instead of exhausting the powers of our mind in speculations in regard … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Holy Spirit Unites the Church in Mission and Service

Holy Spirit and Service

Read Acts 2:4-11, Acts 2:16-21. What was the result of the Holy Spirit’s being poured out on the New Testament believers? The Holy Spirit was responsible for the most powerful missionary outreach that history had witnessed to that point. God can do more through a small group that is united in their devotion to Him … [Click to read more …]

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 …]

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 …]