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Trinity: The Holy Spirit - 12th November 2021

Week 3 of our topical sermon series on the Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Read the Nicene Creed and Covenant Hope's Statement of Faith Articles on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.

There's no new quiz this week, but if you have not yet taken this short quiz on the doctrine of the Trinity, you should go ahead and do so! If you are doing this in a group write down your own individual answers and then discuss why you chose them before submitting them online. Make a note of the answers you got wrong and take more time to think over the answer.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What do you think are some common misconceptions about the Holy Spirit? 
  2. What passages would you go to in the Bible to consider the Holy Spirit? (Read and discuss them
    1. What does this teach us about the Spirit?
    2. Is that also true of the Son or the Father? 
  3. What does Jesus teach us about the Spirit in John 14:15-31?
    1. What about in John 16:12-15?
  4. What is the Spirit's role in the life of Christians today?
    1. Check out the following places for help: John 14:16–17John 16:8–11Rom. 8:151Cor. 6:11, 1Cor. 12:13, 2Cor 1:22Gal. 5:16,  Ephesians 1:13–14
  5. What other questions do you have about the Holy Spirit?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What is something that you've learned so far in this Trinity series?
  2. How does learning about who God is (a Trinity of Father, Son, and Spirit) affect how you view Him?
  3. How does your understanding of the Holy Spirit affect your assurance of salvation? 
in Acts

Acts 8:4–40 - 16th January, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 8:4–25
    1. Context: What had scattered the disciples?
    2. Who is mentioned?
    3. What are repeated words, phrases, ideas?
    4. Identify similarities and contrasts mentioned in the passage.
    5. What did those who were scattered do?
    6. Where did Philip go and what did he do?
      1. What was the result?
    7. Who was Simon and what did he do?
  2. Read Acts 8:26–40
    1. Where did God lead Philip and who did he meet? How is this man described?
    2. What does Philip ask him?
    3. What passage is he reading?
    4. What does he ask Philip?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Acts 8:4–25
    1. What is significant about this region? (Look back at the theme verse of the book – Acts 1:8)
      1. How is this a turning point in the book of Acts? How might that help us interpret these verses?
    2. What does v.4 teach us about God's plans for advancing the gospel?
    3. How do Philip and Simon differ?
    4. Why did the apostles from Jerusalem go to Samaria?
    5. What was wrong with Simon's request? What was he seeking?
  2. Acts 8:26–40
    1. Why did the Spirit send Philip to the Eunuch?
    2. Why was it not enough for this man to have the Scriptures? What did this man need?
    3. How did Philip minister to him?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from Philip's example? What about Simon's?
    1. What do we learn about ministry and evangelism?
  2. How are you sharing the good news about Christ and kingdom of God? In what ways does this passage encourage us to do so?

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