They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Acts 19:2b
The disciples’ confusion about the person and work of the Holy Spirit in Acts 19 isn’t surprising. There are lots of questions about the Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit, how does a Jesus-follower receive the Spirit and what does the Spirit do? With God the Father and God the Son (Jesus), the Holy Spirit is one of three members of what is called the Trinity. God is a community of three persons, not identical but unified in the fullest sense of the word. Together, they are the one true God.
The Holy Spirit indwells us when we come to faith in Jesus. This means that the Holy Spirit is always with the believer. Paul tells the church in Corinth, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Always with us, the Holy Spirit counsels, guides and strengthens us when we are Jesus-followers. The Spirit empowers us to live in a way that pleases God. Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion shares how living in the power of the Spirit allows us to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit of Spirit will be increasingly more evident in our life as we continue to walk in the Spirit.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
On page 25 in your Jesus & The City journal, write out the fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. Then circle the one you sense needs some attention right now. Ask for the help and strength of the Holy Spirit as you grow in this area. Also, if you’d like to learn more about what Ada Bible Church believes about the Holy Spirit, see page 17 in We Believe.
NEW TESTAMENT READING PLAN
Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.
Today’s reading is 1 Timothy 3.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.