Keep On (1) - Questions
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
The tangible manifestation of the Spirit can be very powerful. Why is the following quote important?
If you think of the Holy Spirit, as so many even among Christian people do today, as a mere influence or power, then your thought will constantly be, "How can I get hold of the Holy Spirit and use it?" But if you think of Him in the biblical way, as a person of divine majesty and glory, your thought will be, "How can the Holy Spirit get hold of me and use me?”
Pastor Karl talked about how the Bible teaches that there are 2 different aspects of our relationship with the Holy Spirit, like the 2 rails of a railroad track. These 2 graphics get at the 2 aspects.
Which aspect of the the Holy Spirit have you focused on? Share a bit about what that has looked like in your life. Why is it important for your life to run on both rails (special experiences with the Spirit AND daily walking with the Spirit)?
Ephesians 5:18-21 (NET)
And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for each other in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Paul makes 3 points:
- Drinking is essential. You have to drink. It's essential to life.
- Drinking is influential. What you drink controls your life. You are what you drink. You come under it's influence.
- Drinking is continual. You have to keep on drinking. Paul stresses this with the present continual tense verb ... "keep on being filled".
Paul says everyone drinks something. Some drink wine, for example, and it leads to debauchery. Others drink the Holy Spirit and it leads to ...
- Encouraging Words
- Worshipful Hearts
- Grateful Lives
- Healthy Relationships
What other things do people thirst for, and therefore, drink? How do these influence them?
Why are there no mixed drinks on God's Menu? Read ...
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols. Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the Lord. My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
So what are you thirsting for and drinking? How is it influencing you? How can you keep your drinking pure from contaminated substitutes and drink only the Real Thing?
Which of the following steps of being filled with Holy Spirit is most important for you to focus on right now?
1. Get real about what you really desire
- Examine your heart and motivations
2. Stay thirsty for the Spirit
- Stay humble, dependent & expectant
3. Keep drinking the Spirit
- Stay in the Word, stay in prayer, stay in community & stay obedient
React to these quotes ...
Francis Chan - Forgotten God
Given our talent set, experience, and education, many of us are fairly capable of living rather successfully (according to the world’s standards) without any strength from the Holy Spirit. Even our church growth can happen without him. Let’s be honest. If you combine a charismatic leader, a talented worship band, and some hip, creative events, people will attend your church.
Francis Chan - Forgotten God
I don’t want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit. I want people to look at my life and know that I couldn’t be doing this by my own power. I want live in such a way that I am desperate for Him to come through. That if He doesn’t come through, I am screwed. (I probably shouldn’t write that word here, but it’s how I truly feel about this.)
You can live a good life without the Spirit, but you can’t live a Christian life, an abundant life without the Spirit.
Here's a non-exhaustive list of that the Spirit does in the life of the believer? Why is a continual filling of the Holy Spirit necessary? From this list (or anything that may be missed) which item do you need help with most from the Holy Spirit right now?
- Convicts us of sin
- Leads us to Christ
- Gives us eternal life
- Opens up God’s Word
- Assures us of the Father’s love
- Helps us to be holy
- Creates Christian community
- Empowers our witness
- Gifts us for ministry
Pray specifically for each person in the group for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit, addressing the need they have mentioned. If possible, gather around them and lay hands on them.