Lesson 2 Opening Thoughts on Who Is the Holy Spirit And How Does He Work?

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Lesson 2 Opening Thoughts on Who Is the Holy Spirit And How Does He Work?"

Transcription

1 Lesson 2 Opening Thoughts on Who Is the Holy Spirit And How Does He Work? The Holy Spirit s Actions in People s Lives HOW DID THE HOLY SPIRIT WORK IN PEOPLE S LIVES IN THE EARLY CHURCH? Genesis 1: CREATION The Holy Spirit breathes life eternal into the creation of man and woman. Luke 1:30-35 ANNUNCIATION The Holy Spirit comes upon Mary and the Power of God is placed in her womb. The Holy Spirit creates the Son of God in His Humanity and Divinity and the Holy Spirit creates us in his image and likeness. Luke VISITATION The Holy Spirit who has filled Mary, now fills Elizabeth and her unborn child John the Baptist. They both proclaim the joy of being in the presence of the Messiah. Elizabeth in her proclamation and John in his movement. John 1:30-34 BAPTISIM The Holy Spirit will come down as a DOVE and remain over Jesus identifying Him as the One Who will come and baptize with the Holy Spirit because He is the Son of God. Romans 8:10-11 RESURRECTION - It is by the power of His Holy Spirit that Christ is from the dead. The Holy Spirit can give eternal life to us as will if we co-operate with Him. Acts 2:16-21 PENTECOST - The apostles hear the driving wind and see the tongues of flame hover over them and are filled with the Holy Spirit who enables them to speak in foreign tongues and make bold proclamations as the Spirit prompts them. It is always the Holy Spirit who evangelizes through the baptized. We just have to co-operate. Acts 2:16-21 END TIMES - God pours out His Holy Spirit on all his faithful sons and daughters who shall be saved when the Holy Spirit prompts them to call on the name of the Lord. Acts:13:2 The Holy Spirit directs the Church in fulfilling the mission of spreading the Good News. My initial impession The Father and Son create, reign, save and judge through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit breathed eternal life into man in his soul. The Holy Spirit infuses Mary s body and soul and Christ is conceived. The Holy Spirit will the sould of Elizabeth and John the Baptist enabling them to recognize the presence of the Messiah ( the anointed one) the Son of God. Then the Holy Spirit comes down as the dove to fulfill the prophecy and identify Christ as the Son of God who will put the mark of the Holy Spirit on all those called to the Faith. The Holy Spirit is the source of the Resurrection as

2 infuses Jesus s body and sould and raises him from the dead to an eternal life of body and soul. The Holy Spirit is the driving wind and flaming tongues which enables the disciples to proclaim the Word so the world will understand the Good News. Finally it is the Holy Spirit who directed the Apostles and continues to direct the Church in order to fulfill the Great Commission. HOW CAN WE UNDERSTAND AND EXPERIENCE THE MANY ASPECTS OF THE SPIRIT? The Holy Spirits descriptive names and titles: Advocate The Holy Spirit will be the person who argues your case before Christ, the Just Judge. The Spirit of Truth Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to reveal his Truth through Tradition, Scripture and the teaching of the Magisterium. The Spirit of Promise we can t earn salvation. It comes through the Holy Spirits Gift of Faith we receive at Baptism. The Spirit of God In Baptism we are marked by the Holy Spirit to be set aside for God. The Spirit of Christ it is the Holy Spirit who helps the apostles understand the sufferings destined for Christ and his followers and the glories to follow them. The Spirit of Life Only the Holy Spirit can free you from sin and the loss of eternal life by leading you to the sacraments. The Spirit of Grace God s Gift of Himself to us is in the power of his Holy Spirit The Spirit of Adoption It is the Holy Spirit who marks us as a brother of Christ and therefore a child of the Father. As a child of the Father we are like Christ an heir to His Kingdom. HOW CAN WE UNDERSTAND AND EXPERIENCE THE VARIOUS SYMBOLS WHICH HAVE BEEN USED TO SYMBOLIZE THE HOLY SPIRIT S PRESENCE? FIRE Moses and Burning Bush. Trinity Voice is the Father Bush is Christ the Sacrifice and the Holy Spirit is the flame of his love and power. Pillar of Fire over the Ark was symbol of God s presence. Pentecost tongues of flame prompt the preaching of the Gospel

3 DOVE Baptism We are marked as Faithful members of Christ s Body The Church. WATER - Old Testament we have the Living Water flowing out from the Temple. And at our Baptism we are immersed in the Holy Spirit so that the living water of life will be within us. The wedding feast at Cana, we have Jesus using his Holy Spirit to transform water into wine. When we co-operate with the Holy Spirit we are able to be transformed from a sinner to a saint. WIND - At Pentecost, they first heard the driving wind of the Holy Spirit SEAL - A seal is accepted as the sign of authority. Kings would use their rings to place their seal of authority on official proclamations. The Father has set the Holy Spirit as His Seal that Jesus is the Son of God and King of the Universe.. CLOUD - In the Old Testament, the Israelites followed the cloud by day as they wandered in the desert searching for the Promised Land. In the New Testament we have Jesus being overshadowed by the Cloud at the Transfiguration and the Father telling the Disciples to listen to Him and Follow Him for He is the Son of God and will lead you to eternal life. Identify and describe the role of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in God s plan of salvation.. Three persons in one God, who co-operate and invite us to share in God s Life which is Divine Grace. Trinity is a model of selfless Love. Their Love is united, giving, receiving and sharing perfectly. FATHER Creator of all things which He created for us. We were created in God s mind from the beginning of time. He is the Giver of all Blessings and Grace. His Grace is all you need to come back to Him. The Father gave us His only Son, Jesus Christ, to bring his Grace and Blessings into the world and to mark us as his adopted sons. SON - The bearer of the Fathers Grace we are all redeemed by his blood He is the perfect sacrifice to remove all sin Christ made known the Mystery of God which we can not really understand until we meet God face to face. It is Christ who revealed to us the plan and the path which leads to meeting God face to face. All things in Heaven and on earth are subject to Christ s will, which is the will of the Father. In Christ we are the Father s chosen son s and we receive the richness of the inexhaustible graces he received for us from the Father. HOLY SPIRIT - is the Divine Force of Action. He seals us as adopted sons of the Father. The Holy Spirit brings us Truth and the Word of God and gives us the gift of Faith so we may believe. Faith is the first installment of the journey to our inheritance.

4 We obtain the fullness of redemption as God s possession by co-operating with the love and power of the Holy Spirit so we bring praise and glory to God.. Ways we see Father working in the world today. The Father is the Mystical Source of all unconditional Love. He shares His love with us. He is the Creator Leader Forgiver (Prodigal Son) Gives us Freedom and Free Will. He rejoices in our return to Him He is always there for us. He sends us all Truth. His only request is that we obey Him because we love Him. Impact Jesus work of redemption has had on our life personally. Jesus followed God s will (Humility) to become human, be mocked, scorned, ridiculed, tortured and crucified. He demonstrates how love and sacrifice is the plan of salvation and redemption. Jesus teaches me that to meet God I must help every neighbor, just as He did. How Spirit s work in one person can have enormous impact on world. Nothing can be accomplished without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. In the 20 th Century alone you can see the enormous impact the Holy Spirit made working in cooperation with Mother Theresa, St. Therese, Pope John Paul II; Fulton Sheen, Scott Hahn, Mother Angelica to name just a few. There can be no doubt the Spirit moves and guides the Church. Are we going to invite the Holy Spirit to work through us to make an impact on the world? GO MAD How does the Holy Spirit work in us to increase our Faith? 1 Corinthians 2 - The Holy Spirit reveals the depth of God s Love. He knows God s inner most thoughts and he knows our inner hearts. The Holy Spirit gives us the mind of the Father and Christ and helps us to understand their spiritual realities. 1 Corinthians 12 - We can t proclaim Christ or do anything in Christ s name without the power of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 4 - It is the Holy Spirit who marks us as God s adopted son s and prompts us to seek God. The Holy Spirit frees us from the slavery of the world and makes us heirs of the kingdom. Benefits of Holy Spirit dwelling within us. - We belong to Christ. We have life now and for eternity. We are constantly being made righteous. We are marked as children of God and coheirs of the kingdom. The Holy Spirit enables us to join our suffering to Christ s. At the end of time we will be glorified in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.

5 How can we respond to the Holy Spirit? Ephesians We must hear God s word, accept it, believe it and ask the Holy Spirit to help us meditate on it in order to grow in our spiritual knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the Truth Galatians Faith is open to all. We receive the Spirit when we say we believe and have Faith. Jesus has sent his Holy Spirit to ransom us if we believe and ask for the Holy Spirits help. 1 Peter Obey the Holy Spirit. Participate in Mass so we may receive the grace, peace and help of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel can only be spread to the World with the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. How is Simeon described? What was the relationship between the kind of life he led and the Holy Spirit s presence in him? He is righteous, devout, patient and marked by the Holy Spirit. He lived a life guided by his cooperation with the promise and power of the Holy Spirit. What had the Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon? What kind of inner disposition do you think Simeon had to have in order to hear the Holy Spirit and be guided by him? The Holy Spirit revealed he would see the Messiah. Simeon was obedient, patient and perseverant and thru the power of the Holy Spirit he returned to the temple every day so he could stay in touch with the Holy Spirit and be guided by him while he waited for the fulfillment of His promise. HE BELIEVED AND HAD FAITH. What results can we expect when we live life in the Spirit? If we live with the Holy Spirit our reward will be finding peace and happiness now as we live in obedience to Jesus Word. And eternal fulfillment when we see God face to face in a perfect exchange of the Love of God which is the Holy Spirit. What are some practical ways we can learn to be guided by the Holy Spirit? 1. Pray to Him each day. Ask Him to lead us to a life of Virtue (Good Habits) 2. Attend Mass as often as possible and receive the Eucharist. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with His Grace (Divine Life) 3. Ask the Holy Spirit to send us the Grace we need to be obedient to His Will (Humility) 4. Be grateful and thank the Holy Spirit each day for his generous gifts.

6 CLOSING Exerpt from Word Among us The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. The Holy Spirit has been with you since baptism. No Matter the challenge or temptation, you don t ever have to be afraid. You belong to God. His Holy Spirit has conquered all of them. The Holy Spirit will help you face every day s challenge. Face all things with one question; Is Jesus being honored and given first place? The Holy Spirit speaks through the Church on complex moral and social issues. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to God s ways then follow His guidance in the choices you make. THE MORE YOU LISTEN TO HIM; THE EASIER IT GETS TO HEAR. The Holy Spirit is the FIRE of God. Fire gives off Light The Holy Spirit brings us Wisdom & Truth Fire gives off Heat - The Holy Spirit brings the Burning Love of God into our mind, our heart and our soul. The Holy Spirit educates us, inspires us and brings us to obedience. Obedience to Jesus Christ is the hall mark of conversion through the Holy Spirit. For many of the first Christians, it began with their initial obedience to believe and be baptized. Many of us were born into Catholic families, to be baptized as infants and believe more fully as we mature in our faith. God intends that this initial obedience or putting our trust and faith in Jesus Christ grow in depth and responsiveness to Jesus as we yield to the continuing sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit. We are encouraged to affirm our initial steps of faith by continuing to live a life guided by the Holy Spirit. As we come to the end of this session, contemplate one new truth you have learned so far about the Holy Spirit and His intense desire to touch and influence your life.

WELCOME TO GOD S FAMILY

WELCOME TO GOD S FAMILY WELCOME TO GOD S FAMILY To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband

More information

BASIC CATHOLIC PRAYERS

BASIC CATHOLIC PRAYERS BASIC CATHOLIC PRAYERS Sign of the Cross In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Apostles Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

More information

Four Marks of the Church The Church Course

Four Marks of the Church The Church Course Four Marks of the Church The Church Course Document # TX001509 Four Marks What Are the Four Marks of the Church? ONE APOSTOLIC HOLY CATHOLIC Nicene Creed In the Nicene Creed, we profess, I believe in one,

More information

OUR LIFE WITH JESUS. Faith and Life Series 3. Third Edition

OUR LIFE WITH JESUS. Faith and Life Series 3. Third Edition OUR LIFE WITH JESUS Faith and Life Series 3 Third Edition Contents Note to Parents... 7 1. God Loves Us... 9 2. God Created the World... 13 3. Learning about God.... 17 4. The Promise of a Savior... 23

More information

21. What was the original sin? A. It was Adam and Eve=s sin of pride and disobedience to God=s law. 22. When did you receive a share in God=s life

21. What was the original sin? A. It was Adam and Eve=s sin of pride and disobedience to God=s law. 22. When did you receive a share in God=s life 92 Questions 1. How many Gods are there? A. One. 2. How many Persons are there in God? A. Three persons in God. 3. Who are they? What are their names? A. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

More information

THE ORDER OF THE MASS

THE ORDER OF THE MASS THE ORDER OF THE MASS The first part of the Mass is about getting to know everyone and welcoming everyone to God s house. It s called the INTRODUCTORY RITES. Entrance Song We sing to celebrate that we

More information

CATECHISM (adopted 2008) FOR CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CONFESSION OF FAITH

CATECHISM (adopted 2008) FOR CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CONFESSION OF FAITH (from 2008 preliminary minutes page 183) CATECHISM (adopted 2008) FOR CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CONFESSION OF FAITH 1. Who is God? God is the one living, active Creator of all that is, seen and unseen. 2.

More information

Sign of the Cross. 5 - Seven Sacraments. Thank you prayer Angel of God Grace before Meals. 6 - Nicene Creed. 7 - Beatitudes 1 - Hail Mary Glory Be

Sign of the Cross. 5 - Seven Sacraments. Thank you prayer Angel of God Grace before Meals. 6 - Nicene Creed. 7 - Beatitudes 1 - Hail Mary Glory Be (Lettrhd) Prayers and Major Concepts of the Catholic Religion Below is a list of prayers students need to learn at the appropriate grade level. Although people can and should pray in whatever way they

More information

Introduction to Orthodox Christianity. A Three Session Class for Inquirers

Introduction to Orthodox Christianity. A Three Session Class for Inquirers Introduction to Orthodox Christianity A Three Session Class for Inquirers Class Purpose Provide a basic introduction to Orthodox Christianity Diocese of the Midwest - Orthodox Church in America 2 Questions

More information

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL 27 th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 6/7, 2007

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL 27 th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 6/7, 2007 27 th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 6/7, 2007 Celebrant: My sisters and brothers, trusting in the love and mercy of Almighty God, we bring all our needs before him: 1. For Pope Benedict and all bishops,

More information

Schedule 3 Alternative Great Thanksgivings Alternative Great Thanksgiving A (alternative to Thanksgiving of the People of God)

Schedule 3 Alternative Great Thanksgivings Alternative Great Thanksgiving A (alternative to Thanksgiving of the People of God) The Lord is here. God s Spirit is with us. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Schedule 3 Alternative Great Thanksgivings Alternative Great Thanksgiving A (alternative to Thanksgiving of the

More information

MARRIAGE LITURGY / NO MASS

MARRIAGE LITURGY / NO MASS MARRIAGE LITURGY / NO MASS Opening Prayer A1 Father, you have made the bond of Marriage a holy mystery, a symbol of Christ's love for His Church. Hear our prayers for Groom and Bride. With faith in you

More information

International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 1:1-14

International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 1:1-14 International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 1:1-14 New American Standard Bible International Bible Lessons Sunday, December 7, 2014 L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday

More information

The heavens declare the glory of God without words (see Psalm 19). Most importantly beyond that fact God has spoken with words in the Bible in a

The heavens declare the glory of God without words (see Psalm 19). Most importantly beyond that fact God has spoken with words in the Bible in a International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 1:1-14 English Standard Version International Bible Lessons Sunday, December 7, 2014 L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School

More information

Rite of Baptism. Celebrant: What name have you given your child?

Rite of Baptism. Celebrant: What name have you given your child? Rite of Baptism If possible, baptism should take place on Sunday, the day on which the Church celebrates the paschal mystery. It should be conferred in a communal celebration in the presence of the faithful,

More information

GOD S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE!

GOD S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE! GOD S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE! Did you know that God is a great planner? Sure! Just take a look at the intricacies of His creation. Every cell, every living organism was designed and built according to His

More information

Acts: Seeing the Spirit at Work Sunday Morning Bible Study Lesson Three Acts 3:1-4:31

Acts: Seeing the Spirit at Work Sunday Morning Bible Study Lesson Three Acts 3:1-4:31 Acts: Seeing the Spirit at Work Sunday Morning Bible Study Lesson Three Acts 3:1-4:31 Jesus has returned to heaven before the very eyes of the astounded disciples. Matthias has been chosen to replace Judas.

More information

SEGMENT NINE. THEME: LAST THINGS Judgment, Heaven, Purgatory, Hell, Divine Mercy. OPENING PRAYER / SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Cor 2: 6-12

SEGMENT NINE. THEME: LAST THINGS Judgment, Heaven, Purgatory, Hell, Divine Mercy. OPENING PRAYER / SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Cor 2: 6-12 SEGMENT NINE THEME: LAST THINGS Judgment, Heaven, Purgatory, Hell, Divine Mercy OPENING PRAYER / SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Cor 2: 6-12 Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man

More information

Family Faith Formation I AM THE WAY, COME FOLLOW ME Following Jesus as a Family

Family Faith Formation I AM THE WAY, COME FOLLOW ME Following Jesus as a Family Year 1 Session 6 Family Faith Formation I AM THE WAY, COME FOLLOW ME Following Jesus as a Family Resource for Adults: The Domestic Church www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvhcaeemdho Objectives for Adults: The

More information

THE REQUIREMENTS OF COMMITTED MEMBERS Part 2

THE REQUIREMENTS OF COMMITTED MEMBERS Part 2 THE REQUIREMENTS OF COMMITTED MEMBERS Part 2 We need to give strong support. We cannot give strong support unless we become mighty men. None of us should fail because this is God s plan. God wants us to

More information

JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST Our Spiritual Inheritance Ken Birks, Pastor/Teacher

JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST Our Spiritual Inheritance Ken Birks, Pastor/Teacher JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST Our Spiritual Inheritance I. Introductory Remarks. One of the most exciting things that took place at the cross and then in Jesus' resurrection and ascension into heaven was the

More information

THE PRAYER OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY

THE PRAYER OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY THE PRAYER OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY WE OFFER THIS ROSARY FOR (Intention). (We raise our rosaries to Heaven and say) CELESTIAL QUEEN, WITH THIS ROSARY I BIND ALL SINNERS AND ALL NATIONS TO YOUR IMMACULATE

More information

Unity in Christ September 16, 2012 Ephesians 2:11-22

Unity in Christ September 16, 2012 Ephesians 2:11-22 I. Introduction Unity in Christ September 16, 2012 Ephesians 2:11-22 Since, as a whole, the Jews in Ephesus wanted nothing to do with Paul and his so-called Messiah, the church in Ephesus was made up largely

More information

To Be Like Jesus Scope & Sequence

To Be Like Jesus Scope & Sequence To Be Like Jesus Scope & Sequence To Be Like Jesus is a study for children on following Jesus. The study answers important questions about salvation and sanctification by explaining elements of the Gospel

More information

Spiritually Enabled John 16:13

Spiritually Enabled John 16:13 Spiritually Enabled John 16:13 Last week Jim talked about foundations and the importance of having the right foundation in our lives. Without the right foundations, buildings become unstable. Without the

More information

WILL WE BE MARRIED IN THE LIFE AFTER DEATH?

WILL WE BE MARRIED IN THE LIFE AFTER DEATH? Explanatory Notes: WILL WE BE MARRIED IN THE LIFE AFTER DEATH? Series title: Topic: Marriage in heaven / heaven as a marriage Table of Contents: Message 1: What is the Life after Death Like? p. 1 Message

More information

In Him Reality Scriptures

In Him Reality Scriptures In Him Reality Scriptures Scriptures that tell us who we are in Christ and what He has done for us. All Scriptures are from the New King James Version. IN CHRIST Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by His

More information

Getting to know you. Intro. Chapter pg 1a. Presentation of Mary Advent Anticipation. to God, and accepted his call.

Getting to know you. Intro. Chapter pg 1a. Presentation of Mary Advent Anticipation. to God, and accepted his call. Intro. Chapter pg 1a Seasonal Getting to know you Call To Faith 6th Grade Activities will be in your boxes with supply needed to develop the activities. Title Overview Scripture Chapter Words Activities

More information

The Sacrament of Extreme Unction is now called what sacrament? (Anointing of the Sick)

The Sacrament of Extreme Unction is now called what sacrament? (Anointing of the Sick) Sacraments Questions Anointing the Sick The Sacrament of Extreme Unction is now called what sacrament? (Anointing of the Sick) True or False: The priest anoints the sick person with holy water. (False)

More information

The Role of the Church in Today s Society

The Role of the Church in Today s Society CHURCH What is the Role of the Church in Today s Society? 1 The Role of the Church in Today s Society Ephesians 3:10 INTRODUCTION: A. Familiar sayings in threes... 1. Ready... Set... Go 2. Hop... Skip...

More information

GOSPEL FLUENCY Jeff Vanderstelt

GOSPEL FLUENCY Jeff Vanderstelt Grow up in the Gospel Speaking the TRUTH in Love IN Ministry GOSPEL FLUENCY Jeff Vanderstelt Ephesians 4:11-21 Evangelism is Discipleship If you want to grow people up into Christ you must speak Christ

More information

Lectionary Correlation to Call to Faith Year B

Lectionary Correlation to Call to Faith Year B Lectionary Correlation to Call to Faith Year B If your parish aligns its curriculum to the liturgical year, use these chapters for the following Sundays and feasts. First Sunday of Advent Doctrinal Themes

More information

1. It is a very popular opinion in society today that one church is just as good as another.

1. It is a very popular opinion in society today that one church is just as good as another. The Saved and the Church Introduction 1. It is a very popular opinion in society today that one church is just as good as another. 2. Many believe that church membership has nothing to do with one s salvation.

More information

Prayers By Grade Level

Prayers By Grade Level Prayers By Grade Level First Grade Sign of the Cross Grace Before Meals Grace After Meals Glory Be Our Father (knowledge of) (knowledge of) Third Grade Prayers 1st-2nd Grade Apostles Creed Morning Offering

More information

The Reaffirmation of Baptismal Faith Including the Use of Water

The Reaffirmation of Baptismal Faith Including the Use of Water The Reaffirmation of Baptismal Faith Including the Use of Water INTRODUCTION Baptism is an unrepeatable sacrament of entry into the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, of which the Methodist Church

More information

PRAYING FOR OTHER PEOPLE

PRAYING FOR OTHER PEOPLE PRAYING FOR OTHER PEOPLE SESSION ONE HOW TO PRAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE When friends get together, they talk about their problems. Sometimes your friends will share with you about their own personal difficulties

More information

7th grade Mary Lesson

7th grade Mary Lesson 7th grade Mary Lesson Opening prayer: Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,

More information

CHAPTER ANALYSIS FORM

CHAPTER ANALYSIS FORM CHAPTER Ephesians 1 CHAPTER ANALYSIS FORM CHAPTER TITLE God s Great Purpose for Our Lives 1. CHAPTER SUMMARY Introduction (1:1 2) I. The Revelation of the Purpose of God (1:3 14) A. The summary statement

More information

The importance of Prayer life

The importance of Prayer life The importance of Prayer life Prayer means communication with God. Prayer will lead us into dependence upon God. A person completely declared before God I am nothing and God is supreme. And declare without

More information

THE BASICS: Lesson 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE

THE BASICS: Lesson 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE THE BASICS: Lesson 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE The Bible is the Word of God. It claims to be the truth, the message of God to man. 2 Peter 1:21 says that men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. The

More information

How Does Jesus Save? The Significance of The Blood of Christ

How Does Jesus Save? The Significance of The Blood of Christ How Does Jesus Save? The Significance of The Blood of Christ 2 Introduction Jesus Saves... true, but how? He will save His people from their sins. (Mt 1:21) Are we saved... Because of our parents/ancestors?

More information

Bible Study 70. The Mystery of God

Bible Study 70. The Mystery of God The Mystery of God The word mystery means an unspoken secret. God had an unspoken secret that He kept to Himself for 4,000 years. It was the biggest and best secret of all time, and it s about you and

More information

WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW Lesson 19 God the Holy Spirit: Baptism & Filling

WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW Lesson 19 God the Holy Spirit: Baptism & Filling WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW Lesson 19 God the Holy Spirit: Baptism & Filling INTRODUCTION Last week we looked at the Holy Spirit, His Person. Many Christians today know next to nothing about the

More information

7.1.1 The church is Christ together with his people called both to worship and to serve him in all of life.

7.1.1 The church is Christ together with his people called both to worship and to serve him in all of life. Living Faith: Chapter 7 - "God's Church" Page 1 of 6 Living Faith - Chapter 7 - God's Church 7.1 The Church 7.1.1 The church is Christ together with his people called both to worship and to serve him in

More information

First Holy Communion Prep Game

First Holy Communion Prep Game ST. JOAN OF ARC ACADEMY S First Holy Communion Prep Game Learning the CatechismThrough Play directions Game pieces needed to play: 1 game board 1 set of questions 1 dice (1-4) game pieces (button, dime,

More information

Provisions for Pastoral Services. Wholeness and Healing. Confession. The Collect. Introduction to the Peace

Provisions for Pastoral Services. Wholeness and Healing. Confession. The Collect. Introduction to the Peace Provisions for Pastoral Services Supplementary Texts for Holy Baptism are given on pages 40 61. Wholeness and Healing This form of the Kyrie eleison is particularly suitable Lord Jesus, you heal the sick:

More information

MAIN POINT THIS WEEK: Father, Son, and Spirit are united in their work (14:17 18, 23, 26; 15:26; 20:21 22).

MAIN POINT THIS WEEK: Father, Son, and Spirit are united in their work (14:17 18, 23, 26; 15:26; 20:21 22). LESSON 12 The Word is UNIFIED WITH FATHER AND SPIRIT IN THEIR WORK OF REVELATION AND REDEMPTION FACILITATOR S Note MAIN POINT THIS WEEK: Father, Son, and Spirit are united in their work (14:17 18, 23,

More information

Holding the Child Jesus

Holding the Child Jesus part one Holding the Child Jesus Come, let us worship the Lord, the King who is to come. With these words the Church invites us to prepare our hearts to receive the newborn Jesus with greater humility,

More information

What is the Church? Matthew 16:18

What is the Church? Matthew 16:18 THE CHURCH What is the Church? 1 What is the Church? Matthew 16:18 INTRODUCTION: A. Matthew 16:18... And on this rock I will build My church. What is the church? 1. The prophets of old prophesied about

More information

Belonging to God: A First Catechism

Belonging to God: A First Catechism Belonging to God: A First Catechism Approved by the 210 th General Assembly (1998) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Question 1. Who are you? I am a child of God. Question 2. What does it mean to be

More information

RECEIVING THE CANDIDATES GREETING

RECEIVING THE CANDIDATES GREETING CELEBRATION OF THE RITE OF ACCEPTANCE INTO THE ORDER OF CATECHUMENS AND OF THE RITE OF WELCOMING BAPTIZED BUT PREVIOUSLY UNCATECHIZED ADULTS WHO ARE PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION AND/OR EUCHARIST OR RECEPTION

More information

Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible

Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible 2 Easy Reading Edition April 1-7 Symbols of the Holy Spirit in the Bible SABBATH APRIL 1 READ FOR THIS WEEK S STUDY: Matthew 3:11; Matthew 10:16; John 1:9, 32; John 7:37-39; 2 Corinthians 1:20-22; 1 Peter

More information

The Holy Spirit works in the world, convincing persons of sin and bringing them to repentance and faith, guiding them to fullness of life in Christ.

The Holy Spirit works in the world, convincing persons of sin and bringing them to repentance and faith, guiding them to fullness of life in Christ. The Holy Spirit and the Church The Holy Spirit is a divine person who eternally co-exists with the Father and the Son. The Spirit was present and active in creation, is seen throughout the Old Testament,

More information

Order of Service for Holy Communion or Eucharist

Order of Service for Holy Communion or Eucharist Order of Service for Holy Communion or Eucharist The Invocation The candles either side of the cross on the altar are lit as the celebrant says Celebrant: Let us build Gods temple in prayer and in praise.

More information

Eph. 6:16 The Shield of Faith (part 1) What is Saving Faith? Today we come to the 4 th piece of the Christian s spiritual armor. It is the shield of

Eph. 6:16 The Shield of Faith (part 1) What is Saving Faith? Today we come to the 4 th piece of the Christian s spiritual armor. It is the shield of 1 Eph. 6:16 The Shield of Faith (part 1) What is Saving Faith? Today we come to the 4 th piece of the Christian s spiritual armor. It is the shield of faith. In v. 16 we read: In all circumstances take

More information

Originally published in the Pentecostal Evangel, March 24, 2002. The 16 Foundational Truths Series There is one true God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Originally published in the Pentecostal Evangel, March 24, 2002. The 16 Foundational Truths Series There is one true God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit Originally published in the Pentecostal Evangel, March 24, 2002. The 16 Foundational Truths Series There is one true God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit By Edgar R. Lee Editor s note: This is the second in

More information

GOD AS CREATOR, OWNER, AND PERFECT GIFT-GIVER

GOD AS CREATOR, OWNER, AND PERFECT GIFT-GIVER PART TWO GOD AS CREATOR, OWNER, AND PERFECT GIFT-GIVER I. GOD AS CREATOR. To understand Christian stewardship we must accept that God is the creator of everything, owner of everything, and the perfect

More information

KNOWING GOD PERSONALLY

KNOWING GOD PERSONALLY KNOWING GOD PERSONALLY These four points explain how you can enter into a personal relationship with God and experience the life for which you were created... GOD LOVES YOU AND CREATED YOU TO KNOW 1HIM

More information

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Traditional Prayers The Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen The Lord's Prayer, or Our Father. Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

More information

WHAT WE BELIEVE : ESSENTIAL TENETS OF THE REFORMED FAITH

WHAT WE BELIEVE : ESSENTIAL TENETS OF THE REFORMED FAITH WHAT WE BELIEVE : ESSENTIAL TENETS OF THE REFORMED FAITH What are the essential tenets? The essential tenets are our foundational convictions, drawn from Scripture and contained in our creeds and confessions

More information

Knowing and Using Your Gifts for God's Glory

Knowing and Using Your Gifts for God's Glory Knowing and Using Your Gifts for God's Glory How Can I Serve God at Hyde Park United Methodist Church? Know your gifts & abilities Follow your heart & passions Just do it Get involved Used with permission

More information

Baptism and the Lord s Supper: A Theological Position Statement. By Corey Keating

Baptism and the Lord s Supper: A Theological Position Statement. By Corey Keating Baptism and the Lord s Supper: A Theological Position Statement By Corey Keating Professor Al Glenn ST503 Systematic Theology III Theological Position Statement Fuller Theological Seminary, Phoenix Extension

More information

The Gospel Plan of Salvation

The Gospel Plan of Salvation The Gospel Plan of Salvation GOD S PART 1. The great love of God for man (John 3:16) 2. He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, as the Saviour (Luke 19:10) 3. Sent the Holy Spirit as a guide (John 16:13) 4. Gave

More information

You Have a Friend the Holy Spirit

You Have a Friend the Holy Spirit 16 Lesson 1 You Have a Friend the Holy Spirit Today, more than ever before in the history of the world, people are talking about the Holy Spirit and His work. They have discovered that He is a Person,

More information

APPENDIX I. Prayers DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON OFFICE FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. Curriculum Outcomes/Religious Education. Prayers

APPENDIX I. Prayers DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON OFFICE FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. Curriculum Outcomes/Religious Education. Prayers APPENDIX I DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON OFFICE FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Curriculum Outcomes/Religious Education 1 Individual grade levels list prayers that are age appropriate The Sign of the Cross Mt. 28:19 In

More information

Bible Verses About Love:

Bible Verses About Love: Bible Verses About Love: The Bible is full of great verses and passages about the topic of love. God s love for us is a perfect example and starting place to study on love. There are also great verses

More information

MAY WE TOO, BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good

MAY WE TOO, BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good MAY WE TOO, BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to

More information

The Covenant Service & Renewal of Baptismal Vows

The Covenant Service & Renewal of Baptismal Vows Church of England St. Mark s Church Bedford Methodist Church The Covenant Service & Renewal of Baptismal Vows You are standing here in order to enter into a covenant with the Lord your God Deuteronomy

More information

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. Proverbs 31:25 NIV Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to those who put their trust in him. Proverbs 30:5 NKJV Do not

More information

BIBLICAL MODELS FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

BIBLICAL MODELS FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP BIBLICAL MODELS FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP SESSION ONE BASES FOR EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP Mr. Watanabe was the chairman of his department at his company. He knew how to guide people and to get the

More information

Reprinted by permission from Book of Common Worship, 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press

Reprinted by permission from Book of Common Worship, 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press Reprinted by permission from Book of Common Worship, 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press INVITATIONS to CONFESSION of SIN If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if

More information

PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY

PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY DECEMBER 8, 2015 NOVEMBER 20, 2016 This brief prayer service may be used in any number of contexts (parish meetings, small groups, family prayer, etc.), and may be

More information

Jesus, the Promised Messiah

Jesus, the Promised Messiah 28 Who Jesus Is LESSON 2 Jesus, the Promised Messiah Promises are part of our lives. Parents promise to do things for children. Politicians, business people, and friends make promises. We have all had

More information

Thursday Night Call to Worship All: You have called us to this place. All: have brought us here, each of us unique and yours.

Thursday Night Call to Worship All: You have called us to this place. All: have brought us here, each of us unique and yours. Thursday Night Call to Worship One: Holy God, Creator of us all, All: You have called us to this place. One: You, God of all creativity and imagination, All: have brought us here, each of us unique and

More information

Baptism: Should I be Baptized?

Baptism: Should I be Baptized? Baptism: Should I be Baptized? The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated

More information

Greetings, Blessings, Scott DeWitt Director of Spiritual Outreach Casas por Cristo

Greetings, Blessings, Scott DeWitt Director of Spiritual Outreach Casas por Cristo Team Devotional Greetings, Welcome to Casas por Cristo! If you are reading this, then more than likely you are embarking on a week-long adventure serving our Lord and Savior along the U.S. / México border

More information

Faith and Life Series

Faith and Life Series Faith and Life Series Parish Lesson Plans Grade 1 Our Heavenly Father Third Edition OUR HEAVENLY FATHER Parish Lessons Faith and Life Series Third Edition BOOK ONE Ignatius Press, San Francisco Part I:

More information

6/26/16. The desire for God is written on every human heart (CCC 27)

6/26/16. The desire for God is written on every human heart (CCC 27) The desire for God is written on every human heart (CCC 27) God never ceases to draw us to himself We encounter God through creation Truth, Beauty, Goodness The Call: Invitation to Faith The Response:

More information

DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Illumination of the Spirit Lesson 10

DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Illumination of the Spirit Lesson 10 DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Illumination of the Spirit Lesson 10 In this lesson we will study the Holy Spirit s role in helping believers understand the meaning of the Word of God which is often referred

More information

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! The Angels are rejoicing and so are we, because of your decision to live a new life in Christ

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! The Angels are rejoicing and so are we, because of your decision to live a new life in Christ Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! The Angels are rejoicing and so are we, because of your decision to live a new life in Christ We have written this material for you to read, believing that it will

More information

Table of Contents. 1) Purpose of the Doctrine Survey. 2) Gospel Review. 3) Obedience. 4) Scripture. 5) Holy Spirit. 6) Prayer. 7) Christian Community

Table of Contents. 1) Purpose of the Doctrine Survey. 2) Gospel Review. 3) Obedience. 4) Scripture. 5) Holy Spirit. 6) Prayer. 7) Christian Community Doctrine Survey Table of Contents 1) Purpose of the Doctrine Survey 2) Gospel Review 3) Obedience 4) Scripture 5) Holy Spirit 6) Prayer 7) Christian Community 8) Evangelism 9) Eternal Perspective 10) Accountability

More information

These Worksheets Can be Used Individually or for Group Instruction. Worksheets are Broken Out by Ages or Grades if Appropriate

These Worksheets Can be Used Individually or for Group Instruction. Worksheets are Broken Out by Ages or Grades if Appropriate These Worksheets Can be Used Individually or for Group Instruction Worksheets are Broken Out by Ages or Grades if Appropriate Print Only Those You Need! Rosary Prayers The Apostles Creed I BELIEVE in God,

More information

Know What You Believe by Paul Little Chapter 6 The Holy Spirit

Know What You Believe by Paul Little Chapter 6 The Holy Spirit 1 Know What You Believe by Paul Little Chapter 6 The Holy Spirit p. 111 Of the three persons of the Godhead Father, Son and Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit is doubtless the least known and understood. Yet

More information

GOD S SIMPLE PLAN OF SALVATION ~ Are You Going to Heaven? You Can Know For Sure!

GOD S SIMPLE PLAN OF SALVATION ~ Are You Going to Heaven? You Can Know For Sure! GOD S SIMPLE PLAN OF SALVATION ~ Are You Going to Heaven? You Can Know For Sure! The Scriptures offer the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord. The following principles are given with the

More information

BIBLE CHARACTER STUDIES

BIBLE CHARACTER STUDIES BIBLE CHARACTER STUDIES SESSION ONE DEVELOPING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER THROUGH STUDYING GOD S WORD God gave you His Word, the Bible, so that He can have a personal relationship with you. As you get to know

More information

International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 1:1-14

International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 1:1-14 International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 1:1-14 King James Version International Bible Lessons Sunday, December 7, 2014 L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School Lessons

More information

THE BAPTIST FAITH & MESSAGE

THE BAPTIST FAITH & MESSAGE I. The Scriptures THE BAPTIST FAITH & MESSAGE The Holy Bible was written by men who were divinely influenced. The Holy Bible is God's explaining Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine teaching.

More information

THEME: Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower us.

THEME: Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower us. Devotion NT285 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Day of Pentecost THEME: Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower us. Dear Parents SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:1-41 Dear Parents, Welcome

More information

These prayers and intercessions are intended to bring sisters to light throughout the liturgical year.

These prayers and intercessions are intended to bring sisters to light throughout the liturgical year. Prayers These prayers and intercessions are intended to bring sisters to light throughout the liturgical year. Advent This is a season for waiting and wondering. Help us to prepare our hearts for Jesus

More information

Devotion NT347 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Hall of Faith. THEME: God wants us to trust Him. SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 11:1-40

Devotion NT347 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Hall of Faith. THEME: God wants us to trust Him. SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 11:1-40 Devotion NT347 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Hall of Faith THEME: God wants us to trust Him. SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 11:1-40 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids! This is a

More information

St. Anthony de Padua Novena June 5th -June 13th

St. Anthony de Padua Novena June 5th -June 13th St. Anthony de Padua Novena June 5th -June 13th St. Anthony de Padua Novena 1 Saint Anthony de Padua St. Anthony de Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195. He joined the Augustinian Order when he

More information

THEME: We should take every opportunity to tell others about Jesus.

THEME: We should take every opportunity to tell others about Jesus. Devotion NT307 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: Paul Goes Before Agrippa THEME: We should take every opportunity to tell others about Jesus. SCRIPTURE: Acts 25:13 26:32 Dear Parents

More information

The Book of Common Prayer, Formatted as the original

The Book of Common Prayer, Formatted as the original The Book of Common Prayer, Formatted as the original This document was created from a text file through a number of interations into InDesign and then to Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. This document is intended

More information

Why Do I Need to Evangelize (1) By Victor Beshir

Why Do I Need to Evangelize (1) By Victor Beshir Why Do I Need to Evangelize (1) By Victor Beshir There are many reasons why we should reach out and evangelize or get involved in some missionary work. Some of these reasons are as follows: 1. Our Lord

More information

The Holy Spirit (Part 1) Introduction: Why study the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit: He s More than The Force. Our culture demands it.

The Holy Spirit (Part 1) Introduction: Why study the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit: He s More than The Force. Our culture demands it. (Part 1) The Holy Spirit: He s More than The Force Introduction: Why study the Holy Spirit? Our culture demands it. The Church requires it. 1. What did Jesus teach about the Holy Spirit? The context John

More information

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit Doctrine of the Holy Spirit THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. There are many misconceptions about the identity of the Holy Spirit. Some view the Holy Spirit as a mystical force. Others understand the

More information

The Sacraments. The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. Holy Baptism

The Sacraments. The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. Holy Baptism The Sacraments What are the sacraments? The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace. What is grace?

More information

Predesigned Plan of God (PPOG)

Predesigned Plan of God (PPOG) Predestination or Predesigned Plan of God (PPOG) A letter to God the Father Revised 10-18-2013 Dear God the Father, Thank You for giving us the Bible. It has wonderful and precise directions for our adventure

More information

_ Amen. Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and

_ Amen. Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and Funeral Service I *The ceremonies or tributes of social or fraternal societies have no place within the service. Baptized Christians should be buried from the Church. We begin in the name of the Father

More information