Grieving and Resisting the Spirit – Lesson Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought: Understanding the ministry of the Holy Spirit leads us not to want to do anything that would grieve, resist, or quench the Spirit in our lives.

1. Have a volunteer read Ephesians 4:30.

Grieving and Resisting the Holy Spirit

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a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit?
c. Personal Application : What moral behaviors can grieve the Holy Spirit? (Read Ephesians 4:25-31) Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study : One of your relatives states: “What does it mean to be sealed by the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit seal us?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Ephesians 4:25-5:2.

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
b. How difficult is it to only speak kind and encouraging words, rather than negativity, criticism, and gossip?
c. Personal Application : How do you treat others, especially those that can’t do anything for you? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study : One of your friends states, “What’s wrong with the idea of pulling away from the body and try to be pure apart from the world and the church, which might have corrupting influences?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 5:19-21.

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
b. Is quenching the Spirit and grieving the Spirit the same thing, similar, or different?
c. Personal Application: How can we not resent or be unhappy with circumstances
God allows to come into our lives? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study : One of your neighbors states, “How do we prove the spirits and prophecies that people give? How are we to know whether they are true prophets or false prophets?” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Mark 3:28,29.

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
b. If all manner of sins can be forgiven, what is it that cannot be forgiven?
c. Personal Application : If someone came to you in fear that they had committed the unpardonable sin, what would you say? What Scriptures would you use? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study : Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”Ministry of Healing, p. 148).

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Grieving and Resisting the Spirit – Lesson Plan — 2 Comments

  1. happy Sabbath, as usual we always use you case studies. thank you.

    but i confuse about this question :
    One of your friends states, “What’s wrong with the idea of pulling away from the body and try to be pure apart from the world and the church, which might have corrupting influences?” How would you respond to your friend?

    what do you mean by "pulling away from the body?"thanks

    Amen!(7)

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