18 Sep Discussion Guide: Pastor Jim Laffoon on the Power of the Holy Spirit
Take the first 10 minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.
This week we take a look at Pastor Jim Laffoon’s message on the power of the Holy Spirit and the desperation with which we ought to cry out for more of His presence in our lives. Who is He? What role does He play in the transformation of our lives, and even beyond that, the transformation of a culture? Let’s take a look.
Have you ever seen the power of the Holy Spirit manifest through spiritual gifts? Tell us about it.
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Why do you think Jesus uses the term “born again”?
2 Corinthians 5:16-18
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
What is the nature of a thing?
What would it take for the nature of a thing to be changed?
What would you says is needed for someone to truly follow Jesus, to love Him and love others with His love?
How has the Holy Spirit transformed your nature, if indeed you feel He has?
What are some signs that indicate we are living Spirit lead lives?
David Platt, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live
“God’s glory is most majestically displayed not through you were through me, but through US. God raises up the Church, and says to all Creation in the heavens, on the Earth, and under the Earth, this is the bride and body of My Son, bought and purchased by His blood to be My people and receive My power, and enjoy My presence, and declare My praise forever and ever.”
Why do you think the Holy Spirit gives us supernatural power and gifts?
Why do you think Christians, including us, are intimidated and hesitant to share their faith and speak the Word of God to others?
How might the power of the Holy Spirit help us in those hesitations?
2 Corinthians 5:18
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
What does it mean to be reconciled?
How does the Holy Spirit reconcile us to God?
How does the Holy Spirit reconcile us to one another?
Caesar Kalinowski, Pastor and Missiolagist
”For most of my early life as a Christian, I never picked up that Jesus’ earthly ministry was guided completely by the Holy Spirit. I had always thought, “Well, Jesus is both God and man, so he knows what’s up and just does everything perfectly, naturally. Well, sort of. It’s true that Jesus is both God and man, and that he lived his life without ever sinning. But as a human, like you and me, he fully submitted to and was guided by the Spirit. His life is a picture of the perfect work of the Holy Spirit in man.”
What would you say is the only way we can see our culture truly transformed?