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****Weekly Bible Study:****  Each Wednesday at 1:00 pm and at 7:00 pm.

 

BIBLE STUDY NOTES

The Doctrine and Ministry of the Holy Spirit

The purpose of this study is to gain a uniform understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church and individual believer by examining his role and function in Scripture. It is hoped that this study clarify issues and misunderstanding in ways that strengthen the spiritual life of the participants with empowering results for God’s glory.

  1. 1.  The Personality of the Holy Spirit

2.  The Deity of the Holy Spirit

3.  The Symbols of the Holy Spirit

4.  The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

5.  The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in Inspiration

6.  The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel

7.  The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christ

8.  The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

9.  The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

10.  The Indwelling and Filling of the Holy Spirit

11.  The Holy Spirit and His Ministry in Believers

12.  The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

13.  Speaking in Tongues

14.  The Holy Spirit and the Future

Bible Study – Lesson One :   The Personality of the Holy Spirit

1. What the Holy Spirit Is Not

  • The Holy Spirit Is Not Like the Spirit of Man
  • The Holy Spirit Is Not a Physical Being
  • The Holy Spirit Is Not a Thing
  • The Holy Spirit Has Qualities of a Person

2. What the Holy Spirit Is

  • The Holy Spirit Has the qualities of a Man
  • The Holy Spirit Acts Like a Person
  • The Holy Spirit Can Be Mistreated Like a Person
  • The Holy Spirit Relates to Other Persons

What are the Implications or Teachable Lessons for Our Lives?

BIBLE STUDY NOTES:

Response to Homosexuality: Church Membership Exclusion or Acceptance

In recent years homosexuality has been the most frequent moral debate in Protestant churches. This issue has resulted in sharp divisiveness, internal schisms and some mainline denominations are on the brink of splitting. Some denominations have suspended their biblical mandated agenda of evangelism, having sessions in hopes of resolving the question of sexual orientation. Interestingly, groups on both sides of the debate are using Scripture as the authority in drawing conclusions that are diametrical opposing views. At the end of the day, there is an impasse and each side becoming more determined in their stance.

Discussing the homosexual debate regarding the question of church membership
exclusion or acceptance several questions guide the structure of this discussion:

(1) What causes homosexual behavior?

(2) Can the behavior change?

(3) Is homosexuality a choice or are there genetic factors involved?

(3) Is homosexuality psychopathology?

(4) Should scripture serve as the only source or guide excluding other pertinent factors such as scientific and medical research?

(5) Is the love of Jesus Christ inclusive in the sense that the sin of homosexuality is
covered through repentance even if the behavior does not cease?

(6) In affirming the love of Christ of scripture, how can the local congregation accept homosexuals into membership and fellowship without embracing the behavior and compromising biblical teachings against homosexuality?

Jesus of scripture with regards to his life and teaching reveals a fuller meaning and
understanding of the whole scripture and God. The important question is: Should local
congregations in determining the question of membership exclusion or acceptance rely upon his (Jesus of Scripture) teachings as the guide and final authority?