Sunday School Lesson 22The Holy Spirit
MEMORY VERSE: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:4
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 2:1-4 KJV
INTRODUCTION: The day of the Pentecost marked the beginning of the dispensation of the Holy Ghost and will continue till Jesus comes to carry His own people away just before the great tribulation period. The coming of the Holy Ghost has been foretold by Jesus as the one coming to take charge of the activities of the church.
- The Holy Spirit And His Relevance
2. Fellowshipping With The Holy Spirit
1. THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS RELEVANCE
The Holy Spirit is the third person in Trinity (1John 5:7), the person in charge of this dispensation and He is in total control of all situations (John 16:13-14). He is called another Comforter (John 14:26), an expert in comforting those that mourn and are sorrowful (John 14:26). He is the Spirit of Truth (John 15:26), possessing all secrets (2 Kings 6:8-10). He is the Testifier (Romans 8:16) and the Teacher (John 14:26), full of all knowledge, wisdom and understanding (John 14:26). He is the Power behind every activity of the church (Acts 1:8; Luke 24:49). Power for holy living and exploit is with Him (Acts 1:8, Luke 10:19). Power to change and transform a person is also with Him. He is the revealer of the mind of God and the plan of the kingdom of darkness. (Romans 2:9-11). He convicts for genuine repentance (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Intercessor (Romans 8:26-27) and peace is available with Him (Mark11:23).
2. FELLOWSHIPPING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit is about seeking to know, developing intimacy with and carrying the favour of this higher Authority. Without the Holy Spirit you cannot go far in the Christian journey. This indispensability was further established as He was the power behind our Lord Jesus Christ’s exploit all through His ministry on earth (Matthew 3:16; Acts 10:38).
For a believer, the fellowship with the Holy Spirit is not optional but mandatory, especially if such a believer will want to be relevant in the kingdom. In the place of fellowship, issues are tabled before God – the believer will be comforted, challenges will become stepping stone and ways will be made where there is no way (Acts 27:10). Fellowship can be sustained or lost with grave consequences (Psalm 51:11). Power to live a sanctified life and grace to pray through are also available in the place of fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Kings 6:8-10; Acts 10:9-16; Acts 16:25-39). To enjoy fellowship with the Holy Spirit, a believer must abstain from sin at all cost and make himself available in His presence (Ephesians 4:30).
CONCLUSION: Fellowship with the Holy Spirit for mutual benefits
- In what ways is the Holy Spirit relevant in this dispensation?
- Why is the fellowship with the Holy Spirit compulsory for all believers?
Monday: John 16:13-14 (KJV)
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Tuesday: James 1:5 (KJV)
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Wednesday: 2 Kings 6:8-10 (KJV)
8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. 9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. 10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.
Thursday Acts 2:10 (KJV)
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Friday: Zechariah 4:6 (KJV)
6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
Saturday: 2 Corinthians 13:14 (KJV)
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.)
Sunday: 1 John 1:3 (KJV)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.