The new believer needs to understand the filling of the Holy Spirit to understand and experience the Christian life.
It might be a good idea to begin by reviewing the main concepts from the first two studies. This week the focus is the filling of the Holy Spirit. In this Life Concept, the new believer will learn it’s impossible to live the Christian life in one’s own strength. But God wants to give believers the power to do so. To start out your time together, share your story.
The goal of your interaction is to effectively and relationally communicate key biblical concepts, and so each interaction contains the following elements: Comparing Our Stories; Considering Our Struggles; Exploring the Solution; Examining the Sketch; and Taking Steps.
Share a story about your struggle in a time or season of spiritual weakness, including the emotions you experienced (such as anger, depression or frustration). Share enough about the struggle so the new believer can begin to identify with what you experienced. You want your story to convey how impossible it is to live the Christian life in your own strength. Keep it brief, no more than two minutes. Allow the person an opportunity to respond to your story.
Today we want to explore a passage that will help us begin to understand the power and ability God has given us to live the Christian life. In fact, this idea is so important that the next Life Concept will explore it even further.
Together read the whole passage aloud. Have the new believer circle the word Spirit each time it is used (nine instances). Explain that when a person reads the Bible, one of the clues to discovering what the author of a book meant to communicate is the “key words.” In this passage, the key word is Spirit because it is repeated so often.
WHO IS THE SPIRIT? The Spirit is the Spirit of God (2:11). He is often referred to as the Holy Spirit in the Bible. The Bible speaks of God manifesting himself in three distinct persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are already familiar with God, the heavenly Father who sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior and Lord. In the days ahead, we will learn more about the Spirit, who was given (by the Father and the Son) to be with us and enable us to live the Christian life.
THE SPIRIT WORKS IN MANY WAYS IN THE BELIEVER’S LIFE. WHAT IS ONE OF HIS PURPOSES ACCORDING TO 2:12? The Spirit enables us to understand what God has freely given us. Look back at verses 9-10. Do you have any idea of all that God has given you? It’s exciting to learn about all He has given us.
HOW WOULD YOU SUMMARIZE WHAT PAUL IS SAYING ABOUT THE SPIRIT AND OUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION? Our ability to understand and experience the Christian life is a direct result of our experience of the Spirit in our lives.
Walk your friend through the sketch to help in understanding these concepts.
THE ISSUE: WHAT IS GOD’S DESIGN FOR THE CHRISTIAN LIFE?
The line is a timeline. Let’s say it represents your life. Above the line is spiritual life and below it is spiritual death.
So, how do you help the new believer put this into practice? Discuss the following practical step that will help your friend experience the Spirit’s work on a continual basis.
READ EPHESIANS 5:18. WHAT ARE WE COMMANDED TO AVOID? WHY? What are we commanded to do? We are commanded to not be drunk with wine. The term debauchery communicates a lifestyle indulging in excessive physical pleasures that are wrong, a waste and harmful to a person. We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit means to let the Spirit of God direct and empower you. In contrast to alcohol in a drunken person, the Spirit becomes the primary influence in how you live. The result is the exact opposite of drunkenness. It is right (not wrong), worthwhile (not a waste) and helpful (not harmful).
Read the explanation of the Spirit’s filling and ask the three questions (DRY).
If your friend answered positively to the three “DRY” questions, suggest praying together to allow the Spirit to fill your lives. In your prayer, express your need for the Spirit’s work to live the Christian life, ask Him to direct and empower you, and thank Him that He will do so as you rely on Him in faith.
Now Live it!
03: Share about the Holy Spirit
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