Monday, May 14, 2012

Bible Study 2 - Sharper Then a Two-Edged Sword

This weeks bible study is on chapter 2 of the book Sharper Then a Two-Edged Sword by Andrew Wommack, and we will be learning about the Holy Spirit.  God's word is there for us, all we need to do is open his book.  The Bible has all of the answers to our problems, if only we will open it and read.

Sharper Then a Two-Edged Sword

Sharper then a Two Edged Sword
Chapter 2

Do we have to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?  
Is it a choice?   
We do not have to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, you get baptized in the Holy Spirit.  It is a privilege.  (from workbook)

The Holy Spirit          

the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive,
            because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you
            know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you
                                                                                    John 14:17
The Holy Spirit

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof , for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
            that the man of God may be complete thoroughly equipped for every good work.
                                                                                    2Timothy 3:16 and 17            
1.              1.   How is the Holy Spirit going to help me live the Christian life?
The Word of God is the truth that will set you free, but you need the Holy Spirit to make the Word come alive as you read it in order to get understanding. (From workbook)
The Holy Spirit is who helps us understand the Bible..
It is not enough to know in your mind what the Bible says, it is the Spirit that helps you discern the word of God.

2.              2.   Why did Jesus tell His disciples not to do anything until they received the Holy Spirit?

What does Jesus say in Act 1:8 to his disciples? 
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”      Acts 1:8
How strong are we on our own, then and how much stronger with the Holy Spirit?  With the Spirit we can do anything.

He tells them they are to wait for the Spirit, because they are going to go forth and represent Jesus and his teachings to the world.   They would fail as witnesses without the Holy Spirit.

3.              3.   What is the difference between being born again and the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Acts 8:14 - 17 and Acts 19:1-7 both talk about the difference between baptism of water and the Holy Spirit.
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria's had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:  Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

In Acts 19:1-7 it says that when Paul asked some people if they had been filled with the Holy Spirit.  They did not even know what the Holy Spirit was.  He then prayed for them to receive the spirit and they started speaking in tongues.

The apostles had been baptized by water already, and the Samarians had also been baptized in water.

What does it take to become born again?  Rom 10:9-10  All it takes to be born again is to confess that  Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead.

 You get the Holy Spirit when your are born again, because you have to have the Spirit of God in you in order to be born again. (1 Cor. 12:3)

4.           4.      Are you saying I didn’t get all of the Holy Spirit’s ability when I was born again?

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit do we receive gifts?  Yes, we receive gifts when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.   

What are these gifts?  There are many gifts, not just tongues.  The Holy Spirit is also our Comforter,  kind of like a blanket for a child, He is there for comfort and security.

5.             5.    What does “speaking in tongues” mean?

Speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 14:2) we do not understand it, but God does
Your spirit contains the mind of Christ (1Cor. 2:16) and knows all things (1John 2:20) (from workbook)

                     What does speaking in tongues do in your life ( 1 Cor 14:15-17)
                     Do we still receive the gift of speaking in tongues today?
                     What would cause you not to speak in tongues?
Why would God give me the gift of the Holy Spirit when I still sin?
                     If I were perfect, would I need the Holy Spirit?
These are all questions that I would like you to think about.  Please let me know what you think.  I will be happy to answer any questions you have.  Just let me know. 

6.            6.     Why should I speak in tongues?  What is it going to do for me?

·         Speaking in tongues is using your voice.  You have to speak to speak in tongues.
·         Will you understand what you are saying? (1Cor. 2:14) Is it possible to understand? (1Cor. 14:13)
·         Jesus is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit (Matt 3:11)
·         To receive the gift you need to ask God

                        Father, I thank You that I am the temple of the Holy Spirit, I
                        I welcome You to fill me right now.  Thank You for filling me

                        with Your presence.


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