HopeSS: The Work of the Holy Spirit
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Work of the Holy 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 outline from the … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Assurance of Salvation
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He Is Risen

Read 1 John 5:12-13; Romans 8:15-17; and 2 Corinthians 5:5. Once we have accepted Christ as our Savior, why can we have the assurance of eternal life? What is the basis for this assurance? The Holy Spirit is the One who leads sinners to Jesus. Jesus’ substitutionary death has reconciled us with God. Jesus’ forgiveness … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Conviction About Judgment
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Convicted about judgement

Read John 16:8, John 16:11. What judgment is Jesus referring to? Why is this judgment good news? There remains one last great conviction that is part of the work of the Spirit: the conviction about judgment. Here is where much of our preaching on this passage seems to go in a wrong and harmful direction. … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Need of Righteousness
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Robe of Righteousness

John 16:8 said that the Holy Spirit will convict the world, not just of sin but also of righteousness. In other words, the world, which does not know what sin really is, does not know what true righteousness is, either. Unconverted people imagine that external morality will suffice. They desire not the righteousness of God … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Conviction of Sin
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Convicted of Sin

Read John 16:8-9. What crucial work does the Holy Spirit do for us, and why is this so important? Jesus has called the Holy Spirit the paraclete, a word rich in meaning and that conveys the idea of helper, advocate, and comforter. The Holy Spirit does not enter into this important work of conviction as … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Work of the Holy Spirit
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Hammer of "Love"

Read for This Week’s Study: John 16:8-11; Rom. 5:10; Heb. 4:15-16; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; 1 John 5:12-13; Ps. 31:24. Memory Text: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NASB). As we come … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Grieving and Resisting the Holy Spirit
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The mere fact that people anxiously ask whether they have committed the unforgivable sin reveals that they most surely haven’t. If they had committed it, they certainly wouldn’t be worrying about it. Their worry is all the evidence they need that, indeed, they are still open to the Spirit’s leading. What the person should do … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
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Angry man

Read Mark 3:28-29; Luke 12:10; and Matthew 12:31-32. If all sins and blasphemies can be forgiven, what is it that cannot be forgiven? Perhaps no other sin has caused greater uncertainty and anguish among Christians and has been more misunderstood than has the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Some think that Jesus has in mind … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Quenching the Holy Spirit
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Quenching the Holy Spirit

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21. How can the Holy Spirit be quenched? The word “quenching” suggests the idea of a fire. The same Greek root word is used in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 and in Ephesians 6:16. This suggests that something about the Holy Spirit is like a fire that we can extinguish. We should remember that … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Grieving the Holy Spirit – Part 2
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Grieving the Holy Spirit

That the Holy Spirit can be grieved tells us that God is not indifferent to us and what we do. God is affected by what we decide and how we live. Read Ephesians 4:25-5:2. What are we told to do here and how different would our lives be were we to follow these biblical commands? … [Click to read more …]