If you and/or your small group like to take notes, feel free to fill out the following study guide during the video interview. This will also help prepare you for the final exam at the end of the OLOGY series. To distribute this study guide to your small group, you can either:
Discuss these questions before watching the video interview.
1. Name a time you were forced to do something uncomfortable. Why was it uncomfortable?
2. What is your comfort level or familiarity with the topic of the Holy Spirit (ie – confusing, encouraging, never thought of it, etc.) and what does the Holy Spirit mean to you?
Discuss these questions after watching the video.
1. Dr. Payne shared how the Holy Spirit is called “holy” because, by definition, it means that He is “set apart” and that God is utterly unique. What does this mean to you?
2. Many people associate the Holy Spirit only after Jesus (New Testament era). However, read the following passages and describe how you see the Holy Spirit at work before Jesus’ birth in the Old Testament:
a. Genesis 1:1-2
b. Exodus 31:1-6
c. Judges 6:34
d. 2 Samuel 23:2
3. Read Acts 2:1-21; 32-41. What are all the reasons why you see the Holy Spirit being poured out and why did this happen after Jesus’ ascension?
4. When we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives. How do you feel about the idea of God being “with you” (John 3:5-6; 16:7-8)?
5. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to be continuously filled with the Spirit and Galatians 5:16-26 describes what it means to live by the Spirit.
a. This passage speaks of ‘walking’ with the Spirit. What does that mean?
b. What are the biggest difficulties or obstacles you find to living a Christian life?
c. Which ‘fruit’ of the Spirit do you have the most trouble producing?
d. Scripture connects our treatment with others with how God will treat us. How does that feel? What implications can you draw?
6. What is the difference between a ‘fruit’ of the Spirit and a ‘gift’ of the Spirit?
a. Some of the ‘gifts’ of the Spirit are found in Peter 4:10-11; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:4-12; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. Where have you seen these ‘gifts’ at work in the church or your own life?
b. Why is it God’s intent that the ‘fruit’ of the Spirit should be evident in all of our lives but that the ‘gifts’ be given to different individuals?
7. The Holy spirit is described in a number of ways, some of which follow: Comforter, Counselor, Lord, Giver of life, Helper who enables us to stop sinning and grow in faith, Truth Teller, Teacher, Bringer of Peace, One who will help us remember the things of God and the one who enables us to share our faith.
a. Which of these resonate with you (are important as this point in your life)?
b. Which do you want/need more of?
8. Just as we recognize the voices of people we are close to, we can grow to recognize the voice of God speaking to us. Jesus specifically addresses this in John 10:3-6.
a. Describe how you recognize God speaking to you?
b. If you haven’t had that experience yet, what do you think it would look like to “hear” Him?
1. Revival is where His church is “revived” by God, which connotates there is a struggle with spiritual deadness.
a. Are there areas of your life that currently feel spiritually dead?
b. Pray as a group for the areas you want revived.
2. Identify some steps you can take this week toward:
a. Developing the ‘fruit’ of the Spirit in your life.
b. Learning more about the Holy Spirit.
c. Listening to the Holy Spirit.
d. Depending upon the Holy Spirit.
If your group would like to prepare for next week’s topic on Hamartiology (the study of sin), please click below to access the preparatory questions.
You can distribute these questions to your participants by either emailing them the link or you can print and hand out the questions at then of this week’s small group.