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The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You Online Bible Study | Week Two

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holy spirit unleashedWelcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Acts, “The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You” at the Women’s Bible Cafe™. We just completed Week Two, “What Made the Church Distinctive? Are We Missing Something?” We observed Acts Chapter 2 and discovered that the promised Holy Spirit came on the day of the Jewish festival known as the day of Pentecost, also known as “Feast of Weeks” (see The Feasts of Israel chart on page 32). I can only imagine what must have gone through the minds of all who were there that day when they heard the sound like the blowing of a violent wind. We have seen what power the wind has during a tornado or hurricane. You cannot see the wind, but you can feel it, and you can see it’s destructive power. However, the Bible tells us this sound was not a wind but like a violent rushing wind:

“And suddenly there came from a heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2

What amazing power that came upon them on that day! The Holy Spirit enabled them to speak in tongues which was the outward sign of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. There has been a lot of confusion to the believer today what it means to speak in tongues. Just remember that this is a gift given to a select few by the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t mean that you do not have the Holy Spirit. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, believed that He died on the cross for your sins and that He rose again on the third day, and you have repented of your sins and live for Jesus today, the Holy Spirit now lives within you.

Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week:

“When Jesus came as the Lamb of God, He died for our sins and rose from the dead because of our justification. Then the promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit could be given to all who would repent and call upon the name of the Lord–both Jew and Gentile.”

Can it get any better than this? I pray these past two weeks of study have been a blessing to you as it has been for me. Just knowing we have the power of the Holy Spirit…a resident Helper, Comforter, and Teacher to help us in our day to day living. But with great power comes great responsibility! We must share what we are learning with others. Tell others what the Holy Spirit is doing in your life. Share the Good News so that others can also come to know Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit!

And as Kay Arthur says, “Then, Beloved, you will know how to live…and you’ll be able to live forever and ever and ever.”

You don’t want to miss what’s coming up….keep studying and keep living!

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Three, “Bound by Your Humanity–Or Unleashed By His Spirit?
  • Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
  • Store in your heart Acts 2:38-39.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)

Ice Breaker Question: If you could go back and visit any time period in Bible history, what time would you travel to and why?

  1. What did you learn from this week’s study about the Holy Spirit that had a great impact on you?
  2. According to all you have seen from this week’s study in the Word of God, how would you explain the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
  3. Does what happened in Acts 2:41-47 sound like Christianity to you….today? If not, is there anything in your walk with the Lord and your ministry to others that you might change?
  4. From all that we have learned this week, how has the Spirit of God spoken to you personally? What have you learned that you want to incorporate into your life and witness?

Blessings,

Sheree Poole

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Believing God Online Bible Study | Week 1

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This week we’re Believing God  as we discuss our first reading assignment from Beth Moore. It was exciting to see women gather in our small groups last week for the introduction sessions. I like to imagine that we’re sitting around a huge round table, big cups in our hands with coffee or tea, and intimate conversations in our hearts filled with the Holy Spirit. I’m visual.

believing god online bible study week 1

A common theme I saw in our small groups last week is a need for accountability. To me this demonstrates a lack of self-confidence and a need for prayer. I’m asking our ministry leaders to write your names on index cards and to pray diligently for you as we continue this study of faith. One of my goals is to teach you to become self-feeders of God’s Word. So you’ll crave more of Him and spend less time on distractions, such as social media or television. We all have 30 minutes a day in our schedules, yet we find it difficult to get started because of procrastination. If you want to break through this annoyance, imagine that Jesus is in your living room. Monday through Friday, He is there waiting to meet you. Bring your workbook, your Bible and your heart to Him. Pour out your thoughts on the journal exercises in the daily study. If you’re a visual personal like me and struggle to imagine He is there, then pour the Lord a cup of morning coffee or tea as a reminder you are not alone. Do whatever it takes and after three weeks you’ll create a habit that shatters your need for accountability.

Let’s talk about the reading assignment. On page 17 in the workbook, Beth Moore asks us to record what Christ says about faith. One verse in particular caught my eye:

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 (NLT)

When I read this I wrote in my workbook: NOTHING HAPPENS WITH UNBELIEF. Then I prayed over this and immediately realized how diverse our churches are today. Some churches believe in miracles and they see miracles, while others do not. Outside the church community, what do you believe? Are you a miracle-believer of great faith, or a conformer?

If you want to explore this further, do some research on missionaries and their miracle stories. Also research the numerous claims of miracles in third world countries, yet not witnessed in modern societies. The topic is fascinating! Perhaps we’ve tamed our faith within the realm of acceptance and approval? Keep praying and seek answers from the Holy Spirit about this.

Beth Moore has this terrific quote on page 18- “We want to continue in our God-testing unbelief and still see Him move mountains.” If we sat at a table together I’d be raising my hand and shouting AMEN. Unbelief and mountain moving… sit with Jesus and have a conversation about that this week!

Post a comment below and tell me one thing you learned this past week of study. I want to know what Bible verse or thought really moved you from Week One.

BIBLE STUDY TIP: If you encounter a difficult question in the workbook, sometimes Beth Moore provides the answer in the next paragraph below. Pray through your lesson and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Skip the question and come back to it later rather than sitting there in “stuck” mode. Once you learn her teaching style you’ll have less difficulty with the answers. She does not give the answer immediately and encourages her students to seek the Bible before they seek Beth.

Assignment For the Week

  • Pray before you begin reading. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to wisdom.
  • Select a small group day and time that fits your schedule. Arrive to the private Facebook group for the one hour meeting.
  • Begin reading Week Two: Believing God is Who He Says He Is in your workbook
  • Read Romans 4 at least two times this week, in a translation of your choice.
  • If you are listening to the audio cd’s or watching the videos, watch Session Two, available through Lifeway (not required for participation in the study)

 Discussion Questions- Answer in your small group or post a comment below

  1. Which of the Five Statements of Belief do you currently struggle with: 1) God is who He says He is  2) God can do what He says He can do  3) I am who God says I am  4)  I can do all things through Christ  5) God’s Word is alive and active in me.  Let the Holy Spirit convict you of your answer. What is He saying to you right now?
  2. On page 16 Beth Moore asks you to consider some of the biggest obstacles you encounter in diligently seeking God. What are some of the answers you wrote in your workbook?
  3. What are some of the rewards you’ve already received from seeking God? (page 11)
  4. On page 21 Beth Moore invites us to read Romans 4 and suggests using a Post-in note in your Bible to record the date each time you read the chapter. Have you tried this learning tool? How would you summarize Romans 4 (page 23)
  5. How did you do your first week of study: slow to start, jumped off a diving board, or sitting at the edge of the pond and still reflecting? What are some things that touched your heart this week?

With Love,

christine abraham

Holy Spirit Unleashed in You

The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You Online Bible Study | Week One

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Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Acts, “The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You” at the Women’s Bible Cafe™. We have just finished Week One, “Witnessing: God’s Plan–The Holy Spirit: God’s Provision.” We studied Chapter one of the book of Acts in quite some detail. In Inductive Bible Study, you will discover that the secret to handling God’s Word accurately is to observe, observe, observe His Word, and to hang on to His every God-breathed word.

Holy Spirit Unleashed in You

Our memory verse for this week is also the key verse in the book of Acts:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Jesus did not say you might receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, but that you will receive power. So what exactly does this power mean, and how are we to use this power in our own lives? These are some of the questions we will answer by discovering truth for ourselves in this awesome book of Acts. We have already started compiling a list on the Holy Spirit when we marked this key word in the first chapter. You will continue to add to this list as we progress through the study. Some of the highlights about the Holy Spirit from this week are:

  • 1:2 By the Holy Spirit, Jesus gave orders to the apostles whom He had chosen
  • 1:4 What the Father promised
  • 1:5 Jesus to apostles just before He ascended: you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now
  • 1:8 When He has come upon you, you’ll receive power and be My witnesses
  • 1:16 Foretold Scripture by the mouth of David concerning Judas

We have only begun to scrape the surface of what it means to have the power of the Holy Spirit. We are embarking on a faith-journey, because we have been given the same calling as the apostles, to be His witnesses and to walk boldly sharing the Good News of the Gospel with all people we come in contact with to the ends of the earth.

Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week:

“Whenever God calls you to do something for Him, He always supplies the means. You never have to do anything in your own strength, wisdom, or power. You have the Holy Spirit. He is your Helper.”

What an awesome first week of study this has been! Aren’t you awed by all that you have observed on your own simply by observing the text? Savor these truths, think about these truths, store these truths in your heart, talk to the Father about them, and thank Him for giving you His Holy book to study and to live by!

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
  • Complete your study of Week Two, “What Made the Church Distinctive? Are We Missing Something?”
  • Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
  • Store in your heart Acts 1:8.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)

Ice Breaker Question: If you had to live this week over again, would you change anything?  If so, what would that be?

  1. What does power look like in our world today?
  2. What part of witnessing is hardest for you? Do you witness very often? Why or why not?
  3. What evidence shows that your church has received the Holy Spirit’s power?
  4. What does the “remotest part of the earth” look like in our own lives? (Acts 1:8)

Blessings,

Sheree Poole