STUDY TWO 6/08/2010
ACTS|OF|THE|APOSTLES 1. The Ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1-11) 2. The Holy Spirit for Us (Acts 2:1-41)
MAIN IDEAS 1. God has promised the Holy Spirit to all of His people. 2. We receive the Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus. 3. We can and should experience the Holy Spirit in JOY, PEACE, an overflow of HOPE, the power to understand the LOVE of Jesus, and in ENDURANCE and PATIENCE.
THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR US Acts 2:1-41
Pray and Read Acts 1:4-5 and 2:1-41 When you think of the Holy Spirit many words or images come to your mind. Who is He? When and where did He originate from? One of the most common questions, however, is: In what ways can we experience the power of the Holy Spirit as Christians today? Write down your thoughts and share them with your group. Look at the following verses. What do they tell you about the Holy Spirit? Acts 5:3-4 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD (“you have lied to the Holy Spirit....you have not lied to men but to God.”) Matthew 28:19 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS PART OF THE TRINITY (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) Genesis 1:2 THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS THERE FROM CREATION (“the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”) In Verse 4 it states that the crowd of people were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak to each other in tongues. What does it mean to talk in tongues? Read Genesis 11:1-9. What is the relationship between the Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost? Speaking in tongues refers to talking in different languages. Pentecost as the opposite of Babel: Being prideful and rebellious humans sought to assert their interdependence through the Tower of Babel. God implemented his will by and “confusing” humanity with different languages and dispersing them across the whole world. Pentecost sees a new age of the Spirit where the situation of Babel has been reversed for believers. Christian fellowship is shown to transcend all age, sex, class, geographical and language barriers. Look at the ways in which the Holy Spirit worked in the Old Testament. What do you notice? Numbers 11:16-17 It was only poured by God onto figures in positions of authority (e.g. kings and prophets). Isaiah 63:11-14 It had a direct role in fulfilling God’s purposes. Psalms 51:11 It was temporary; could be taken away just as easily as it was given.
Now read Joel 2:28-32. In the Last Days what does God promise His people of the Old Testament? How does this differ from what we saw in the last question? MAIN IDEA: GOD PROMISES AN UNPRECEDENTED POURING OUT OF THE SPIRIT NOT ONLY TO FIGURES IN AUTHORITY BUT TO ALL HIS PEOPLE. The Holy Spirit would no longer be limited to the Israelites but also include Gentiles. “The main focus or significance of the Day of Pentecost is the Holy Spirit.” Discuss this statement. Do you agree or disagree? Think back to last week’s study. The focus of the Day of Pentecost IS NOT the Holy Spirit but JESUS. Reference: Acts 2:22-33, Peter directs the significance of Pentecost back to Jesus. He emphasises the fulfilment of prophecy and the fact that Jesus is now both “Lord and Christ”. The pouring of the Holy Spirit is a testament to the authority and supremacy of Jesus who is now seated at the right hand of God. Some Pentecostal churches believe that a person only truly receives the Holy Spirit when they are able to talk in tongues. In light of what you have learnt from this passage do you think that this is true? How do we know that we have received the Holy Spirit? Refer to the following verses: John 7:37-39 MAIN IDEA: WE RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN WE BELIEVE IN JESUS. Ephesians 1:13-14 We receive the gift of the Holy Spirit after we repent and have our sins forgiven. Acts 2:38 If we do not have the Holy Spirit in us we do not belong to Jesus. Romans 8:9 Look at the following verses. In what ways does the Bible say that we can and should experience the Holy Spirit? Are they similar or different to the list which you had at the beginning of the study? Romans 15:13 MAIN IDEA: Ephesians 3:16-19 In JOY and PEACE and an overflow of HOPE. Colossians 1:10-11 In the power to understand the LOVE of Jesus. In ENDURANCE and PATIENCE. PERSONAL REFLECTION In light of what you have learnt, how should your life look like with the Holy Spirit? Ask the youth the ways in which their lives currently reflect the above attributes and the areas in which they have to change through the Holy Spirit. Closing Prayer For a Mark Driscoll sermon on the Holy Spirit go to:
How do you suffer for the gospel? “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8)