FOUNDATION NINE: The Holy Spirit
Who did you share the Gospel with this past week? How did it go? What was challenging?
Jesus promised us before He left that He would always be with us. So if Jesus has ascended into heaven and has not returned yet, how can God always be with us? By the Holy Spirit! When we feel God’s presence or hear God’s voice – that is the Holy Spirit. When you received Jesus into your life, the Holy Spirit came to live in you. Not only is the Holy Spirit with us, but He also gives us power to do all that God has called us to. We need the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in our lives so we can truly love God, love each other, and change the world!
Read John 16:7-15. What do we learn about the Holy Spirit from this passage?
Read Galatians 5:16-25. What changes occur in someone who walks by the Spirit?
Read Matthew 3:11. What does this passage say Jesus will do?
Read Acts 1:8. What happens when the Holy Spirit comes on us and for what purpose?
When the Holy Spirit comes on us in power, this is called the baptism of the Holy Spirit and is different from when the Holy Spirit came into your life when you were saved (Acts 19:1-7). Salvation is when the Holy Spirit comes inside you. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. It is a personal encounter with God that draws us close to Him and empowers us to glorify Him on earth.
Read I Corinthians 12:4-11. What does the Holy Spirit give us and why?
The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs in a variety of ways throughout the Bible. It is not just a one-time experience, but we are encouraged to continually be filled with the Spirit. Split the following verses up among your group and take a moment to jot down the characteristics you find of those who experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Then come back together and share.
- Acts 13:52
- Acts 4:31
- Acts 19:18
- 1 Corinthians 14:1
- Luke 11:13
- Acts 19:6
Take some time to pray over each other to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
How do you want to apply what we just read about to your life? How will you do that this week?