Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bible Study

1.       The Holy Spirit teaches us. John 14:25 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you.”
2.       The only person who can breathe the Holy Spirit on you is Jesus. Anyone who purports to pray the Spirit over you can only do so if he prays in the name of Jesus. John 20:22 “And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:14-17 “Now, when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. These two went down to them so they would receive the Holy Spirit. (For the Spirit had not yet come down on them but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus) Then Peter and John placed their hands on the Samaritans and they received the Holy Spirit.” This is a matter where you should exercise extreme care and ask God for discernment. Remember Jesus says, many will come in His name, who are not really of Him. It’s the world we live in. Examine the person, and his doctrine. It’s your right and responsibility to guard your heart.
3.       The Holy Spirit gives us power. Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, to the ends of the earth.”
4.       The Holy Spirit gives us the gift of tongues. This is another controversial topic in Christianity and in revivals. I get my point of view from Acts 2. The first time we see people speaking in Spirit-enabled tongues. Acts 2:4 “And each of them began to speak in tongues, each as the Spirit enabled Him.” Here’s the kicker, in verse 6, we read, “When this great sound occurred, a great crowd gathered and there was confusion, because each one of them heard them speaking in his own language.” We’ll see this in the next point.
5.       The Holy Spirit joins us and doesn’t divide us. The Spirit isn’t divisive. Here were hundreds of people from different countries, who spoke different languages, and they were joined together to hear the word of God. Each of them understood what was being saved. This is why I believe, if you’re going to speak in tongues, as a leader in a public forum, only do so, if there’s an interpreter present.

Quick Note, in case your curious, I use The Word Bible Software NET Version 

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