We believe in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a unique person, who, together with the Father and the Son, is one being, the Trinity. He is not merely an it or a power; like any other person, He can be grieved, quenched, and resisted. The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son; acting for both, He cannot communicate or act outside of what is revealed in the Bible. He is an agent of creation, the breath of God. He is the breath of new life in Christ. The Holy Spirit is the agent of our new creation in Christ. Jesus told Nicodemus that we all must be born again, by water and the Spirit. He is the author of scripture. The Holy Spirit inspired (breathed into) the writers of the Bible and, using them, their personalities, their place in history, their creativity, the Holy Spirit told God’s story, of creation, fall, redemption and restoration.

The Holy Spirit is another counsellor. He is not a different counsellor, He is the same kind of counsellor as Jesus. He is always bearing witness to Jesus, He makes us alive in Christ, and transforms us to become more and more like Jesus. We also bear witness to Jesus. In order to live, truly live, we must walk in step with the Spirit.

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Readings

“For nothing is impossible with God.”

Luke 1:37 NIV

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Genesis 1:1-2; 2:7

Lord’s Day 20 Q&A 53

Acts 1:8, 2:1-40

John 16:5-15

Eph. 4:30; 1 Thess. 5:19; Acts 7:51

2 Tim. 3:10-17

Romans 3:23-24

 

Questions to think about as you read:

  1. How was the Holy Spirit active in creation? John 1:1-4 describes Jesus’ involvement in creation. How do these two passages together (you might want to read all of Genesis chapters 1-2) describe the creative work of the Trinity & how they work together?
  2. How does Q&A 53, reinforce the message you heard on Sunday? What point is made more clear in your mind?
  3. In Acts 1:8, Jesus teaches his disciples what they can expect when the Holy Spirit comes. What effect did the Holy Spirit have on the disciples (Acts 2:1-40)? What effect does He have on you? What is our primary task?
  4. Wednesday’s scripture passage shows us what the Holy Spirit does in our lives. What does today’s passage teach us about the Spirit’s role in the world, in other people?
  5. How is the personhood of the Holy Spirit described in these passages?
  6. What does this passage tell you about the reliability of the scripture? How are we to live in light of this teaching?

On Sunday, we will get to the heart