1. According to Acts 1:8 what is one of the reasons the Holy Spirit is given to Believers?
2. According to 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 the Holy Spirit gives gift(s) to believers. What is the purpose of the 9 gifts? List the 9 gifts. 1 Corinthians 14:3-5, 12, 17, 26; Ephesians 4:12
3a. According to Galatians 5:22, list the “Fruit of the Spirit” Believers should produce in their lives as they yield to the Holy Spirit and obey the Word of God.
3b.What is the purpose of this Fruit? Matthew 5:16, Philippians 2:14-16, John 15:8-11.
3c. What keeps Believers from producing Fruit in their lives? Galatians 5:24, James 1:13-15.
4. According to James 4:5 God desires Believer’s to welcome the Holy Spirit. What is the benefit of having the Holy Spirit active in our lives? John 16:13 and Romans 8:12-14.
5. What does Paul command Believer’s to do in Ephesians 5:18, Ephesians 6:18? According to Jude 1:20 and 1 Corinthians 14:14-15, what is the benefit of praying in the Spirit? What are the benefits of being edified?
6. According to Luke 11:9-13 what must I do to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit?
Why Did God Create Us?
Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him. Isaiah 43:7
We were created to glorify God. You can read it in 1 Corinthians 6:20, “For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” And again in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The way to accurately glorify God is to allow Him to work through you. To truly glorify Him, you need to give Him every part of your life. Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Many Christians only allow God to rule in part of their lives. God cannot be glorified the way He deserves if we do not give Him everything!
Picture the world champion Lego builder. He has built people, buildings, animals, etc. out of Legos. You give him a tub of Legos and tell him to glorify himself as a master Lego builder. His finished product is a stack of 5 Lego blocks. Not that impressive. However, all you gave him was 5 blocks. The world champion Lego builder cannot glorify himself with 5 blocks the way he should be glorified. God cannot be glorified the way He deserves either when you only give Him part of your life. God is the Master Creator who designed you and the world you are living in. If you give Him your whole life, He can and will turn it into something beautiful. Once you do the Romans 12:1 and give Him every part of your life, now you must do the Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” You renew your mind by daily reading the Word of God (Joshua 1:8) and memorizing key scriptures that remind you of God’s promises and what He has instructed you to do. As you do this, God will manifest Himself and reveal His plans for your life (John 14:21). As you follow that plan, God will be glorified!
1 Corinthians 3:16 – Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Ephesians 5:18 – And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
Bonus: Acts 2:39 – For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.