SUMMARY: Holy Spirit
OVERVIEW: The Holy Spirit arrives at Pentecost (a festival celebrated on the 50th day after Passover) and gives birth to the church. Believers are filled with God’s Spirit and empowered to live for God.
BIG IDEA: Repent and receive.
KEY VERSE: Acts 2:38 (Peter to the crowd)
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
My Holy Spirit is a miraculous gift for you. He is my way of always being with you. My Spirit guides you when you need direction. My Spirit empowers you when you are weak. My Spirit gives you courage when you are afraid. My Spirit helps you understand and relate to my word, the scriptures. My Spirit enables you to connect and grow with other believers. My Spirit directs you as you reach out to those who are searching for me.
As you follow the Spirit’s leading, he may prompt you to do or say things that are out of your comfort zone. If my Spirit nudges you to leave an unhealthy person or place, do it immediately. If my Spirit warns you about your behavior or a habit, listen, and make changes. If my Spirit reminds you to be obedient, do so. Pray when the Spirit wakes you to pray. Reach out when my Spirit encourages you to reach out to someone, whether you know them or not. The Holy Spirit is my gift to you. Listen carefully to him.
Take time to be quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit. Ask God, “What do you want to say to me now?” Then, be still and listen. Continue until you recognize his voice, and then respond. Don’t be frustrated or disappointed if you don’t hear something right away or at all. Hearing from the Holy Spirit is a muscle that takes time to develop. But even in times of silence, use it as a way to submit to and surrender to God.