Living in the Holy Spirit (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Living in the Holy Spirit.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. How familiar are you with the topic of the Holy Spirit? Is the Holy Spirit a confusing or encouraging topic of study for you? Why or why not?
  2. Luke, the writer of the book of Acts, sets the stage for what will happen in the entire book in Acts 1:1-11. Read this portion of scripture. What does it tell you about Jesus’ identity and mission? What does it tell you about the Holy Spirit’s identity and mission?
  3. Notice what the disciples’ immediate response was in Acts 1:12-14. What did they do? What didn’t they do? Why is this important?
  4. What do you think it would have been like to gather with those disciples in the house in Jerusalem? What do you think it means to wait for God? How was the disciples’ waiting different from ours today?
  5. While the disciples and the people around them are who we read about, the Holy Spirit is the main actor in Acts. Read through Acts 2 and underline or circle the references to the “Holy Spirit” or “Spirit.” What do you see here about who the Holy Spirit is and what the Holy Spirit does? [Suggestion: For greater depth, do this same thing by reading through the whole of Acts.]
  6. The Holy Spirit is described like three different elements. Read and discuss these other Scriptures for further background on the significance of these ideas:
    • The Holy Spirit like wind (Acts 2:3-4): Genesis 1:1-2; Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 20:22-23
    • The Holy Spirit like fire (Acts 2:1-2): Luke 3:15-18; Psalm 104:4; Isaiah 6:1-7
    • The Holy Spirit like water (Acts 1:5; 2:17): John 4:13-14; 7:37-39; 1 Corinthians 12:13
  7. Identify one practical way you will live in the Holy Spirit more fully as a response to this week’s study and sermon. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.

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