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Empowered

A study on the Holy Spirit

In this study, we're digging into God's Word to look at possibly the most misunderstood Person in the Trinity: the Holy Spirit.

We will take a look at His person, presence, and power in order to more fully understand Who He is and what that means in our lives.

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Just Checking Up

5.9.2021

Just Checking Up

Acts 6:1-7

 

“Many ministries function in the same way, that if God removed the Holy Spirit from that church, it would go on functioning as though nothing were different.” A.W. Tozer  

A little review:

 

Truth #1: God sent His Spirit because we need help! (John 14:6)

“He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.”

 

Question:

To what level have you sensed that you’ve needed the Spirit’s help? (John 14:16)

 

Truth #2: God sent the Spirit for gospel, not personal, advancement. (Acts 1:8)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…”

 

Question:

In what ways are you reliant on God’s Spirit for gospel advancement in your world? (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-20)

Application:

  • Pray for your church leaders. We long to genuinely equip us all to be a gospel advancing, disciple making movement in TC and beyond. 

  • Declare dependency.

  • Keep your eyes wide open for gospel opportunities. 

 

S M A L L   G R O U P   D I S C U S S I O N

 

Question #1 – To what level do you feel dependent on the Spirit’s help?  Why or why not?  Can you think of times when He enabled you to do something beyond what you believed you could do on your own.

 

Question #2 –  In what ways are you practically reliant on God’s Spirit for Gospel Advancement in your world?  Do you believe that Gospel advancement is a regular part of our daily agenda?  Why or why not? 

 

Question #3 – How can we practically stretch beyond our comfort zones and depend on God’s help?  How can we incorporate a Gospel perspective in our everyday living?  How can we check up on each other to see these things happen and celebrate when they do?

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The Ultimate Power Move

5.2.2021

The Ultimate Power Move

Acts 1:4-8

 

“Many ministries function in the same way, that if God removed the Holy Spirit from that church, it would go on functioning as though nothing were different.” A.W. Tozer  

 

Acts 1:4-8

  • The disciples were expecting national and personal power! (Acts 1:6)

“are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel at this time?”

  • Jesus was investing enabling power to accomplish His Gospel purpose. (Acts 1:8)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses …”

 

What happened when the Spirit came upon the disciples…

 

Ability replaced deficiency. (Acts 2:1-17)

 

Courage replaced fear. (Acts 4:8-13)

 

Three reasons why many don’t sense the Spirit in their lives:

 

  1. The Spirit is given for Gospel, not personal advancement. 

  2. We feel self-sufficient.

  3. We prefer the comfort zone. 

 

S M A L L   G R O U P   D I S C U S S I O N

 

Question #1 – Describe the deficiencies experienced in the lives of the disciples before the Spirit’s help in Acts 2.  Do we feel any of these same deficiencies in our own lives?  Which ones?

 

Question #2 –  Read Acts 1:4-8.  What kind of power were the disciples hoping for after the resurrection of Jesus?  What kind of power was Jesus looking to give them and what was the purpose of that power?

 

Question #3 – Following up on question #2 – what kinds of genuine ambitions do we often have in our hearts that may not be bad but they aren’t that for which God gives Spirit enabling?  When was the last time you stepped out for gospel advancement and sensed the Spirit’s help?

Question #4 – Do any of the three reasons “why people don’t sense the spirit” resonate with you?  Which one(s)?  Why?  What can you or your group do about that this week?

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All of Him through All of Me

4.25.2021

All of Him through All of Me!

 

Knowing who we are, God gave us all He is!

 

  1. The Holy Spirit is God.

He’s not just good vibes and bad vibes.  Not merely your conscience.  Not just a force or energy of God.  Not just a God among many gods.  But just as much as the Father is God and Jesus is God, so also the Holy Spirit is God.  Let’s talk through this for a few minutes.

 

Look at these passages to see that the Holy Spirit is equated for God …

 

         The New Covenant:  Jer. 31:31-34  -  Heb. 10:15-18

 

  • Don’t Lie to God:  Acts 5:3-4:

  • Guess Who’s Talking?  Isaiah 6:1-10 / Acts 28:25-27

  • Three in One:  Matt. 28:19,20

  2. He possesses all the attributes of God.

            1. Omnipotence.                      

                             Genesis 1:2, 26 (Spirit was hovering; “let us make man in our image”)

            2. Omnipresence.

                             Psalm 139:7-10 (where can I go from your Spirit?”

            3.  Omniscience.

                              1 Corinthians  2:10-11 (He searches and knows all the deep things of God)

            4.  Eternality.

                              Hebrews 9:14  (the eternal Spirit)

            5.  Holiness.

                             Isaiah 6:3 (Acts 28:25-27)

 

Application:

 

  • Let’s realize who we are dealing with!  God is in us. 

God is in us.  The completeness of God is in us.  This isn’t Jr. God or apprentice God.  This isn’t a watered-down God or a limited version of God.  Knowing who we are, God gave us all He is!

 

  • God went all out to help you follow Jesus? 

 

S M A L L   G R O U P   D I S C U S S I O N

 

Question #1 – Read and discuss the passages above that show the Holy Spirit is equated to God.  Do we truly believe that He is God or do we have a sense that in someway He is less than God?  How has your church tradition seemed to view the Holy Spirit?

 

Question #2 –  Consider the attributes of the Holy Spirit as mentioned above.  Understanding the deity and power of the Holy Spirit, consider why Jesus said His statement in Jn. 16:7. 

 

Question #3 – Take some time to list all God did for us to help us truly follow Jesus.  Which of these things could we take better advantage of to help us take our next steps to be like and help others be like Him?  Brainstorm on how you could practically utilize these things and maybe how you can help each other.  Finish with prayer for each other.

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Something New

4.11.2021

Something New

John 14-16

“Many ministries function in the same way, that if God removed the Holy Spirit from that church, it would go on functioning as though nothing were different.” - A.W. Tozer  

 

John 14:16-17

 

The Holy Spirit was given because… WE NEED HELP!

“to help you”

How is He set up to help us?

 

  • The Spirit will be with us Eternally! (v. 16)

“and be with you forever”

  • The Spirit’s will be with us Internally! (v. 17)

“He lives with you and will be in you.”

John 16:7: “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”

 

Two areas of help…

 

1. He helps with our comfort. (John 14:16)

2. He helps with our eternal life. (Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30)

 

 

S M A L L   G R O U P   D I S C U S S I O N

 

Question #1 – How much do you think about the Holy Spirit?  How much do you rely on the Holy Spirit?  Do you hear much of the Holy Spirit in church or among believers?  Do you think He is given appropriate consideration in our spiritual development?  Why or why not?

 

Question #2 –  At East Bay Calvary, we believe that the Holy Spirit indwells a believer until heaven.  He’s the guarantee of their salvation.  What other Scripture can you think of to support an eternal salvation that Christ gives?

 

Question #3 – The Holy Spirit is given because WE NEED HELP!  List the many needs we could have that the Spirit helps with.  What needs do you have that the Spirit could help with?

 

Question #4 – What comfort do you need from the Holy Spirit today?  How will you receive it … The Words He wrote in Scripture?  The people He’s given you in your church family?  The avenue of prayer you have to Jesus?  The groanings He makes for you when you just don’t know what to tell God.  Pray for comfort for specific situations for each other.

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