Spirit of Truth Christian Church

6507 B-2 Old Branch Avenue | Temple Hills, MD 20748

Telephone:  (301) 758-3777


SOTCC Bible Study Sessions

DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Doctrine of God

 

Doctrine of Christ

 

 

 

Question 1:   Who is the Holy Spirit?
     
Answer:  

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, truly God and therefore co-equal with the Father and the Son (MAT. 28:19; JHN. 14:26; Acts 5:3-4; 2 COR. 13:14). Since He is spirit, He does not have to be seen or felt in order to be close to us. Since He is holy, He must be met on "holy ground." This is why people who have not separated themselves from sin lack the awareness of His presence.

     
Application: 
(10 minutes)
  Apply the doctrine of the Holy Spirit to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Continued)

Question 2:

What were His roles as a member of the Godhead during the Old Testament era?

   
Answer: 

He acted with the Father and Son in creation (GEN. 1:2), equipped people to do God's service (EX. 31:1-5; NUM. 11:16-17), renewed nature (PS. 104:30), came upon Israel's kings (1 SAM. 16:13), inspired Israel's prophets and the men who wrote the Scriptures (1 PET. 1:10-12; 2 PET. 1:21), and worked in the hearts of people to lead them to believe God and do His will (Acts 7:51).

This shows how willing God is to provide supernatural strength to those who want to serve Him. Those who want to do God's will don't have to do it in their own power.

   
Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of the Holy Spirit to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (continued)

Question 3: What is the Holy Spirit's relationship to the church, the body of Christ?
   
Answer: 

The Holy Spirit gave birth to the church (Acts 2:1-47), baptizes believers into the church (1 COR. 12:13), abides in the church (1 COR. 3:16), unifies the church (EPH. 2:22; 4:3-4), gives gifts to the church (1 COR. 12:4-11), provides leaders for the church (Acts 20:28), directs the work of the church (Acts 13:2), and uses the church to hold back or hinder evil in the world (2 THES. 2:7).

Because the Holy Spirit indwells the people of God both individually and collectively, the church should not be thought of as a merely human institution. It should not be taken for granted. It should never be casually dismissed or ignored. In many ways our actions toward the church are actions taken toward God (Acts 5:1-11).

   
Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of the Holy Spirit to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (continued)

Question 4:

What does the Holy Spirit do for those who have not made peace with God?

   
Answer:

He draws attention to Christ (JHN. 16:13-14), empowers God's messengers (1 THES. 1:5), brings conviction to sinners (JHN. 16:8-11), and produces the new birth (JHN. 3:5; TIM. 3:5). 

For these reasons, no person is too bad or too hardened to be converted to Christ. No person is so evil that he cannot be reached or cannot be saved. The purpose of God has never been to save only good people or to bring deliverance only to those who were naturally endowed with qualities that would make them desirable prospects for the kingdom of heaven. God sent His Spirit into the world to come to the rescue of all kinds of people - even the very worst and most hateful.

   
Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of the Holy Spirit to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (continued)

Question 5:

What does the Holy Spirit do in the lives of believers?

   
Answer:

He permanently indwells the true believers and marks us out as God's possession (MAT. 7:21; JHN. 14:21-23 ROM. 8:9; 1 COR. 6:19). He seals us to guarantee our ultimate salvation (2 COR.1: 21-22; EPH. 1:13-14; 4:30). He fills us when we yield to Him, giving us power for life and ministry (Acts 6:3; 13:9-12; EPH. 5:18-21). He produces Christian character in us (GAL. 5:22-23). He teaches us (1 COR. 2:10). He intercedes for us when we cannot pray (Rom. 8:26-27). He enables us to discern false teaching about Christ (1 JHN. 2:20-27). He assures us that we are God's children (ROM. 8:16). He equips us to serve one another (ROM. 12:3-8; 1 COR. 12:1-31). He guides us (ROM. 8:14).

We are inclined to assume that what we see in the mirror is what counts. But what really counts is what the Holy Spirit can do in a heart that is given unreservedly to Him.

   
Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of the Holy Spirit to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (continued)

Question 6:

In what ways can we harm ourselves by sinning against the Holy Spirit?

   
Answer:

We are warned about sinning against the Holy Spirit by grieving Him through disobedience (EPH. 4:30), lying to Him (Acts 5:3), quenching Him with a negative attitude (1 THES. 5:19), resisting Him (Acts 7:51), and insulting Him (MAT. 12:31-32, LK. 12:47; HEB. 6:4-6; 10:26-29; 2nd PET. 2:20-21).

For this reason, we should be far more concerned about maintaining a good relationship with the Spirit than we are about staying on good terms with our spouse, children, parents, some churches, employer, or friends.

Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of the Holy Spirit to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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