Our prayer is that these notes help and encourage you in deeper reflection on the sermon topic each week. If you have not had a chance to listen to the sermon, or if you need help as you work through the study this week, you can listen to the sermon here: The Spirit of Revelation
There are fewer readings for this week, but they are lengthier. As you approach scripture you may find it helpful to read these passages multiple times, once each day or even several times in a row. These passages are deep and rich with meaning, which can easily be missed by casual reading.
1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16
What is the primary mission of the Holy Spirit?
We are dependent on the Holy Spirit to understand the gospel and love Jesus. How does this truth impact the way you view your own salvation?
Think of friends and family members that do not yet know Christ. How does taking this view of the Holy Spirit’s active work in salvation affect the way that you pray for them? Spend some extra time in prayer this week praying for them.
Pastor Joseph cautioned that much of what people attribute to the gospel or to the work of Christ is actually the work of the Holy Spirit. Thinking through your own view of the gospel and Jesus’ work, what specific works of the Holy Spirit have you previously attributed to another person in the Trinity? List them.
How does looking at the context (specifically, the next few verses) of John 14:12-14 help you understand the meaning of this “tricky” passage?
The Holy Spirit is referenced more in the books of Acts than in any other book of the Bible. Why do you think Luke (the human author of Acts) put such an emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit will always speak in accordance with what God has already spoken through His Word.
Sermon Application Exercise:
Write out the gospel (You can use direct quotes from scripture or your own words)
Write a few paragraphs about your own conversion story
Go back through what you've written and identify the work of each member of the trinity in the gospel story and in your own conversion. You could use highlighters of different colors to make the distinction, or create notes for yourself such as (F) for Father (S) for Son and (HS) for Holy Spirit.
Take some time in prayer to thank each person of the Trinity for their specific work in your salvation.
If you get stuck identifying points, keep in mind the main main roles in the gospel of each person of the Trinity that Pastor Joseph highlighted:
The Father planned the work of redemption (Ephesians 1:3)
The Son accomplished the work of redemption (1 Peter 1:18, 19)
The Holy Spirit is actively working redemption into the world through and by God’s people (John 3:5-8)
As always, we invite you to take your study into community as you read and study about the gospel this week. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning this week, and make sharing your faith a regular part of your life through the power and work of the Holy Spirit in you.