To understand the concept of the Holy Trinity, a foundational doctrine of the Christian faith, so that we can trust the role Holy Spirit plays in our everyday lives.
One True God, Tri-unity, Adorable Godhead
Read The Following Chapters in Tools For Mentoring: Holy Spirit Baptism
Chapter 2 - "Experience All Three Persons of God"
Read Romans 8:15-17 NLT together.
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
Question: What do you notice about the Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) in this passage?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:1- 11 NLT together.
Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. 2 You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. 3 So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
How can the evidence of the gifts the Holy Spirit gives to his people help us personally experience God?
How might these gifts help the world understand more about our God when the people of God exercise their spiritual gifts?
What spiritual gifts have you experienced? Tell us about your experiences.
Why do you think that many Christians across the world are comfortable with calling the Father and Son God, but have a hard time calling Holy Spirit God?
What would you do if you learned what spiritual gift has been given to you?
Pray for each other that they will begin to experience God in His full reality, as the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Pray that we each have peace and trust, that the scriptures can be trusted concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit over God's people.