5 The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

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 …]

Monday: Being Filled With the Holy Spirit
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Praying

Read Ephesians 5:18, Acts 13:52, and Romans 8:9. What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? How does being filled with the Spirit happen in our lives? Once we are baptized and belong to Christ, we should live in the power of the Spirit. For this to happen we have to be … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
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Read Mark 1:8 (compare with Matt. 3:11, Luke 3:16, and John 1:33), Acts 1:5, and Acts 11:16. What other rite of initiation goes together with the baptism of the Spirit? In the New Testament there are only seven passages that speak about being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Four of those passages go back to … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit
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Receiving the Holy Spirit

Read for This Week’s Study: Mark 1:8; Eph. 5:18; Acts 13:52; Luke 11:8-10; Acts 5:32; Gal. 5:16-26. Memory Text: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV). As Christians, we must be filled with the Holy … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Personality of the Holy Spirit
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Read Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, pp. 669-672, where she speaks about the Holy Spirit. Also read Evangelism, pp. 613-617. “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Why Does it Matter?
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Christ Points the Way

The question of the personality of the Holy Spirit is of utmost importance, and it has highly practical implications. “If He is a divine person, and we think of Him as an impersonal influence, we are robbing a divine person of the deference, honor, and love that is His due.”-LeRoy Edwin Froom, The Coming of … [Click to read more …]

4. The Personality of the Holy Spirit – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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 …]

Wednesday: The Spirit of Truth
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Obedience to the Law of God

Read John 14:6 and John 17:17. What is the meaning of truth in these passages? In the Gospel of John, the word truth is a key term. Our contemporary understanding of truth often is very abstract and theoretical. In the Western world it has been shaped by Greek philosophy. However, in the Bible, and particularly … [Click to read more …]

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

Tuesday: Personal Aspects of the Holy Spirit – Part 2
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Penitent Man

A challenge we face in understanding the Holy Spirit is that we can imagine God as a Father in a somewhat tangible way. Many also have a concrete picture of Jesus, as He is described in the Gospels. He took our human nature and appeared to us in human form. The Holy Spirit, however, is … [Click to read more …]