Q&A – The Holy Spirit

Message by Josh Mutter – June 19, 2022

Question #1 – From the reading I’ve done the Holy Spirit should really be considered our right arm (or left if you’re a lefty) but since becoming a Christian 30 years ago it seems he is more like our appendix. Considering his critical role in our lives, why is he not mentioned on a regular basis? Why are we rowing the boat and not relying on the power of the outboard motor?

Question #2 – When exactly does someone receive the Holy Spirit? What does that mean? What about the Baptism of the Spirit? 

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38 NIV

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, – Ephesians 5:18 NIV

Question #3 – How do the more “charismatic” gifts of the Spirit (i.e. speaking in tongues & prophecy) apply to us today?

Question #4 – How do you reconcile “feeling the Holy Spirit” with intuition/personal preference? I’ve experienced moments when someone justifies a decision based on what the Holy Spirit told them – how do you know what’s the Holy Spirit and how do you know when it’s just what you want? Often it feels like a trump card played, if the Holy Spirit is involved then you can’t challenge it.

…they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. – Acts 17:13 NIV

“It seems good to the Holy Spirit and to us…” – Acts 25:28 NIV

Discernment Questions:

  • Is what I am contemplating kind, just and humble? (Micah 6:8)
  • How would the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) show up in what I am thinking about?

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