Introducing the Holy Spirit (Joel 2.28-32)


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INTERACTING WITH THE SERMON
SYNOPSIS OF THE SERMON
Pastor Rich began a new series about the Holy Spirit. He opened by sharing about our human need for touch both from each other and more importantly from God. Romans 12:5 talks about the spirit being poured out – the experience of abundance in the Spirit. We need God’s touch. Joel Chapter 2 prophesied that the Spirit will be poured out on all people and Pastor Rich gave examples of where that is occurring today. The kingdom of God is about inheriting the precious promises reserved for the end of time and enjoying those promises now – the forgiveness of sins, the writing of the law of God on your heart, the experience of a measure of the healing of your body, the experience of the reconciling of relationships, the spreading of justice on the earth, and salvation, regardless of race, ethnicity, or age. God has come to live inside of human beings by His Spirit. Christians today also need an experience of the Spirit. The internal experience of the Spirit is felt by God’s leading, his prompting for action or restraint. We also need an empowering experience of the Spirit – “Christianity is fire setting” Kierkegaard said. The final point made was that the Spirit is not sexist or racist or elitist or ageist. The Spirit is for all people and as a whole church, let’s embrace the experience of God’s Spirit.

In 5 minutes or less, briefly give a synopsis of this week’s sermon. What insight, principle, or observation from this weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling? Explain.

GETTING THE CONVERSATION STARTED
These questions can be used as ice-breakers in the beginning OR interwoven between the questions below to draw the group into the discussion.
• What stood out to you in this sermon? Please share briefly.
• If you’ve had an encounter with the Holy Spirit, please share briefly.
• What has caused you to resist asking for more of the Spirit in your life, please share briefly?

SCRIPTURE STUDY

Disclaimer: As we enter the Lenten season Vineyard Columbus’ sermon series will focus on the Holy Spirit. VC Small Groups staff wants to share parts of a small group resource produced by pastors at Vineyard Columbus called Living an Empowered Life. This study, and some that follow, are copyrighted and only to be used in a Vineyard Columbus small group. Please limit your printing and distribution. The Bible studies are formatted differently from our typical Small Group Discussion Guides. We will return to the former format when not using these copyrighted small group resources.

MINISTRY APPLICATION

Below you’ll see some options for ministry time with your group. We always encourage you to reserve time in your group to pray for one another and wait on the Holy Spirit.

• As a group, take some time to meditate in silence about God and after several moments take time to share any words or pictures people may have received from the Lord.
• Leave some space to at the end to wait on God. Invite His presence and ask God to begin touching people in your group. Wait a bit, and keep your eyes open. See you if you notice the Spirit falling on anyone and continue praying and ministering for those individuals.
• If someone has never experienced the Spirit, have some folks who have experienced the HS and are comfortable praying out pray for that individual.