Ask: What have you been learning from reading 1 John? Why do you think God places such a high priority on fellowship with God? What do you suppose it means to walk in the light?
I (Vivian) had no idea about the Holy Spirit and His purpose and role in the Christian life. I came to faith in high school and tried living as a Christian but felt frustration and a constant sense of failure. A light switch flipped on when I finally learned about the Holy Spirit. I began to see references of Him all over the Scriptures. In the very beginning of the Bible, in the very first verses in the very first chapter, we read of Him being an integral part of creation (Genesis 1:1–2). The Holy Spirit is referred to as Comforter, Healer, Counselor, Teacher, and Helper. He doesn’t enter and possess people like some strange ghost or take over like an alien with my body as a host. He has a specific purpose and role in our lives. Jesus even said it was to our advantage for Him to return to heaven in order for Him to send the Spirit to come for all of us (John 16:7).
Look up these verses on the Holy Spirit together.
Remember, for a new believer, finding verses in the Bible can be intimidating. Take the time to help them learn where to find different books in the Bible, and be part of helping unlock the riches of God’s Word.
The Holy Spirit is a person, not an “it”— He possesses the attributes of personality.
1 Corinthians 2:11 (intellect)
Ephesians 4:30 (emotion)
1 Corinthians 12:11 (will)
The Holy Spirit is God.
Matthew 28:19 (co-equal with God)
1 Corinthians 3:16–17 (called God)
He has the attributes of God.
Hebrews 9:14 (eternal)
John 16:13, 15 (omniscient—all knowing)
Genesis 1:2 (omnipotent—all powerful)
Luke 11:13 (holy)
Psalm 139:7 (omnipresent—present everywhere at the same time)
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity.
Similar to H2O in three forms as liquid, ice, and steam, God is Father, Son, and Spirit.
Look up these verses together on the role of the Holy Spirit:
John 3:1–8 (so we could be born spiritually)
John 7:37–39 (to give us an abundant life)
John 14:16 (to dwell in our lives, to make Christ’s presence a reality)
John 16:7–14 (read and list)
Acts 1:8 (to give power for witnessing)
Ask: What is something new you learned today about the Holy Spirit?
Remember to share something you learned and/or needed reminding of