10 June 2016

Supernatural Power for Living

Supernatural Power for Living


Theme:Living in the Spirit



  • Know: The Holy Spirit works in people's lives, both saved and lost, to accomplish God's purposes.

  • Think: Live each day with the awareness that the Holy Spirit gives us what we need to live for God in a secular culture.

  • Do: Depend on the power and guidance of the Spirit in order to live for God in a secular culture.



  • John 15:18-27

  • John 17:15-19

  • 2 Peter 1:3-4


Notes and questions

  • B1 When the situation in our culture is evil do we stay or leave? Why?

  • B2 What help do we have? (The Holy Spirit).

  • B3 What is the Holy Spirit?

    • C1 The Holy Spirit is a being, a person of the Holy Trinity.

    • C2 See R. Daniel Dickey's teaching series on the Holy Spirit.

    • C3 The word "spirit"

      • D1 Hebrew: (source)

      • ruach: breath, wind, spirit

      • Original Word: ר֫וּחַ

      • Part of Speech: Noun Feminine

      • Transliteration: ruach

      • Phonetic Spelling: (roo'-akh)

      • How it is translated depends on the context. The idea is the same and refers to (in general) to something that isn't seen but has an effect (as in a windy day), causes an effect (our breathing), or is an effect (as a person/personality for example the Holy Spirit, spirits, our spirit, etc.).

      • D2 Greek--τνεῦμα, which is essentially the same.

    • C4 Some facts (Source)

      • D1 He is a person--the characteristics of a living being

        • E1 Intellect--1 Corinthians 2:10

        • E2 Knowledge--1 Corinthians 2:11

        • E3 Mind--Romans 8:27 and Ephesians 1:17

        • E4 Emotions--Ephesians 4:30

        • E5 Will--Acts 16:6

      • D2 He has actions--the characteristics of what living beings do

        • E1 Teaches--John 14:16 and John 14:26

        • E2 Testifies--John 15:26-27

        • E3 Guides--John 16:33

        • E4 Regenerates--Titus 3:5

        • E5 Convicts--John 16:8

        • E6 Intercedes--Romans 8:26-28

        • E7 Commands--Acts 13:2-4, Acts 8:29, and Acts 16:6

      • D3 He has emotions and attributes of personality. He can be

        • E1 Grieved--Ephesians 4:30, Isaiah 63:10

        • E2 Blasphemed--Matthew 12:32, Mark 3:29-30

        • E3 Resisted--Acts 7:51

        • E4 Lied to--Acts 5:30

        • E5 Obeyed--Acts 10

      • D4 He has the titles of deity as the Spirit of God, etc.

      • D5 Divine attributes

        • E1 Life--Romans 8:2, etc.

        • E2 Omniscience--1 Corinthians 2:10-13

        • E3 Omnipotence--Job 33:4

        • E4 Omnipresence--Psalms 139:7-10

        • E5 Eternity--Hebrews 9:14

        • E6 Holiness--Matthew 12:32

        • E7 Love--Galatians 5:22

        • E8 Truth--John 14:17

  • B4 How does the Christian lifestyle (as in the New Testament) different from the non-Christian? (See Galatians 5:16-26).

  • B5 What is the work of the Holy Spirit in a human?

    • C1 No one seeks God. Romans 3

    • C2 All people are dead in sins and trespasses. Ephesians 2:1

    • C3 All people are in darkness. Luke 1:79, John 12:46, Acts 26:18, Ephesians 5:8

    • C4 The Holy Spirit initiates salvation (prevenient grace). John 6:44 (Father), John 12:32 (Son, Jesus), and John 16:8 (Spirit). No human can initiate salvation. Both Pelagian and semi-pelagian views are heresy. For a discussion of this see here and here.

      • D1 Pelagian teaches that there is some good in humans and that they can seek God on their own free will. God's grace then brings salvation. This is wrong because there is no good in humans (in God's terms), nor do people seek God) Luke 18:19, Romans 3:10-11, and Romans 3:23.

      • D2 Semi-pelagianism teaches that humans have no good in them and that God looks for some effort or good intention of their own effort for salvation (thus the "seek God, and He will seek you" and "seek God" messages that many use). This is wrong because no one seeks God or salvation. Romans 3:10-11, Romans 3:23.

    • C5 God opens the spiritually darkened eyes of humans, so that we can understand our lost, sinful condition and salvation. God initiates salvation, not humans. Acts 26:16-18, Acts 16:14, 2 Corinthians 4:4-6, John 1:9, Ephesians 4:18, Ephesians 5:8, etc.

  • B6

Christianity marginalized

  • B7 Do we ever compromise Christian beliefs?

  • B8 Who reveals the truth to unbelievers?

  • B9 "There are two ways Christians wrongly engage the world: seclusion or secularization." Jacob Riggs author of the Sunday School lesson "Living in the Spirit" as found in the D6 Fusion teacher's book June to August 2016. Do you agree with this statement? The author points out that both are wrong and references John 17:15-19, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, Matthew 5:14-16, Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:17-24. The author then points out the correct attitude is that we are sent. John 17:18 and many times in John 17.

  • B10 Why are we sent? (To preach and live the Gospel).

  • B11 How does Christianity slide into the secular life? (A little at a time. It usually starts with the rejection of the final authority of the plain, normal reading and interpretation of Scripture).

  • B12 What is the greatest need for the church today?

  • B13 What is the greatest danger that the church faces today?

  • B14 What is a Christian life? (Living by the rules that the Lord Jesus and His 12 Apostles taught).

  • B15 How can we do this, since we are weak and prone to fail?

    • C1 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:2-4 NKJV)

    • C2 Can we apply this verse to our lives? "And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

    • C3 How does this verse apply to us? "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)

    • C4 We need God's help. "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)

    • C5 God is the source of our strength. "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:4-5 NKJV)

  • B16 Gifts of the Spirit.

    • C1 Refer to God's help, not some kind of show in a religious meeting.

    • C2 Refer to furthering the Gospel and ministering to others especially those of our faith--Biblical Christianity.

    • C3 "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ." (1 Corinthians 12:4-12 NKJV)

  • B17 What kind of help do we need today to live a Christian life?

  • B18 God will help us this week.

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