1st Quarter 2017: The Holy Spirit and Spirituality

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As we study the work of the Holy Spirit, we will see how central He is to our Christian experience. The Holy Spirit, God Himself, knows God as no person can; thus, He reveals God to us in a trustworthy and reliable manner. The Holy Spirit first inspired the Bible writers, and the Holy Spirit today guides us in our study of what He had inspired these writers to communicate. The Holy Spirit gives assurance of our salvation through Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:16), and He gives evidence of God’s work in us (1 John 3:24). The Holy Spirit also cleanses us from sin and sanctifies us. “You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11, RSV). The Spirit produces in us lifelong growth in holiness, bringing forth the fruit of the Spirit within us—“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22, 23, NASB).

“The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world’s Redeemer.”—Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 671, italics supplied. Because of His crucial role in the lives of believers, this quarter’s study will help us better understand the great gift we have in the Holy Spirit.

At the time of this writing, Frank M. Hasel, PhD, was dean of the Theological Department at Bogenhofen Seminary in Austria, Europe, where he also was the director of the Ellen G. White Study Center. In 2009 his wife died of cancer. Since then he has learned to trust God’s goodness in new ways every day and experiences the comfort, peace, and transforming power of the Holy Spirit in his life..

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Lesson Title Webcast Video Audio Notes
1 - The Spirit and the Word (jan 7)
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2 - The Holy Spirit: Working Behind the Scenes (jan 14)
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3 - The Divinity of the Holy Spirit (jan 21)
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4 - The Personality of the Holy Spirit (jan 28)
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5 - The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit (feb 4)
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6 - The Holy Spirit and Living a Holy Life (feb 11)
7 - The Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit (feb 18)
8 - The Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit (feb 25)
9 - The Holy Spirit and the Church (mar 4)
10 - The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer (mar 11)
11 - Grieving and Resisting the Spirit (mar 18)
12 - The Work of the Holy Spirit (mar 25)