The Holy Spirit
Memory Verse: “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
I. QUESTION: WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
ANSWER: The Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of the Lord. He is God. He is the third person of the Trinity. (Acts 5:3,4,9; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
II. QUESTION: WHAT ARE OTHER NAMES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
ANSWER: The Holy Spirit can also be called:
1. The Spirit of the Lord. (The Spirit of Yahweh) (Luke 4:18)
2. The Spirit of Christ and the Spirit of God. (Romans 8:9)
3. Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Paraclete. (John 14:26)
4. The Spirit of Truth. (John 16:13)
III. QUESTION: WHAT IS THE MAIN WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TOWARD THE DISCIPLE (FOLLOWER OF CHRIST)?
1. The Holy Spirit is the one who gives us new life. (Titus 3:5)
2. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, he gives us power to be witnesses of Christ on the earth. (Acts 1:5-8)
IV. QUESTION: HOT CAN YOU RECEIVE THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?
ANSWER: The baptism in the Holy Spirit first occurred on the Feast of Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection. The believers were gathered together in prayer when the Holy Spirit descended. (Acts 2:1-4) We are sure that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is available for us because Peter said, “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:39 NKJV)
1. You must have a spiritual “thirst.” (Matthew 5:6)
2. You must pray and ask God to baptize you. (Luke 11:9-13)
3. You must believe that you will receive it. (Mark 11:24)
V. QUESTION: WHAT IS THE SIGN THAT A BELIEVER HAS BEEN BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?
ANSWER: According to what Jesus said (Mark 16:17) and according to the experience of the disciples on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) the initial physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking with other tongues/languages as the Holy Spirit gives you the ability. Another example is when the church leaders were convinced the Gentiles had received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, because they spoke in other tongues. (Acts 10:44-47)
VI. WHAT EXPERIENCES DOES THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT BRING TO THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE?
ANSWER: The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not something that just happens once and then we can forget about it. We must continue to pray in the Spirit. We must continue to ask God to fill us with his Holy Spirit. (Jude 20) When we continue in the Spirit, we can expect the following things to happen in our lives:
1. The Holy Spirit reveals truth to us. (John 16:13)
2. The Holy Spirit teaches us, and reminds us of what they have already learned. (John 14:26)
3. The Holy Spirit leads us. (Romans 8:14; Acts 16:6-7)
4. The Holy Spirit sets us free from the power of sin. (Romans 8:2)
5. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray when we don’t know what to pray for. (Romans 8:26)
6. The Holy Spirit gives the Gifts of the Spirit to the church. (1 Corinthians 12:8-11)
a. The Gift of Wisdom
b. The Gift of the Word of Knowledge
c. The Gift of Faith
d. The Gift of Healing
e. The Gift of Miracles
f. The Gift of Prophecy
g. The Gift of Discerning of Spirits
h. The Gift of Speaking in Tongues
i. The Gift of Interpretation of Tongues
7. The Holy Spirit helps us to bear the Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22)
VII. QUESTION: HOW IS THE CHRISTIAN CONTINUALLY FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?
ANSWER: In order to remain continually filled with the Holy Spirit we should do the following:
1. We must not “grieve” the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:30)
2. We must not anger the Holy Spirit by treating the blood of Jesus as a common thing. (Hebrews 10:29)
3. We must not stifle the Holy Spirit. That means we must allow the Holy Spirit opportunity to move. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
4. We must not neglect the Gifts the Holy Spirit has given us. (1 Timothy 4:14)
5. We must live right. This includes purity, peacefulness, and gentleness. (Philippians 1:10-11; James 3:17)