Prayer and the Believer
May09

Prayer and the Believer

Here are some notes and references from our Wednesday night bible study: The purpose of prayer   Prayer brings glory to God  And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)   Prayer aligns our will with God’s will  saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42) Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)   Prayer brings peace  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) We pray to confess sin  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)   We pray to cast our burdens upon God  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)   Prayer is powerful  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. nd he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:16-18)   Prayer is not an option  And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. (Matthew 14:23) So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. (Luke 5:16) Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (Luke 6:12) Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18) How to pray  Pray to the Father; through Christ; in the power of the Spirit  In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (Matthew 6:9) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the...

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The Person of the Holy Spirit
Apr28

The Person of the Holy Spirit

Last night at Hope Baptist we saturated our minds and hearts with the truth of the person of the Holy Spirit. What a wonderful time in the Lord together! During this study we examined many verses in scripture; too many to capture in our notes during the study. I have attempted to capture a list of those verses below.  The Holy Spirit possesses attributes of a person: Intellect: Romans 8:27 Emotion: Ephesians 4:30 Volition: Acts 13:2 The Holy Spirit can be responded to: Obeyed: Acts 10:19-21 Resisted: Acts 7:51 Lied to: Acts 5:3 Insulted: Hebrews 10:29 Grieved: Ephesians 4:30 Blasphemed: Mark 3:28 The Holy Spirit demonstrates the actions of a person: Speaks: Acts 8:2 Teaches: John 14:26 Distributed spiritual gifts: 1 Corinthians 12:11 Convicts the world of sin: John 16:8 Searches: 1 Corinthians 2:10 Testifies: John 15:26 Guides and directs: 16:6-7 The Holy Spirit is God (Divine Titles): Spirit of Truth: 1 John 5:6 Spirit of Life: Romans 8:2 Living Water: John 7:38-39 Spirit of Glory: 1 Peter 4:14 Holy Spirit: Matthew 1:8 The work of the Holy Spirit: Creation: Psalm 104:30 Inspiration of Scripture: 2 Peter 1:20-21 Bears witness of Christ: John 15:26, John 16:13-14 The involvement of the Holy Spirit in salvation: Conviction of sin: John 16:7-8 Acknowledgement of Christ as Lord: 1 Corinthians 12:3 Regeneration: Titus 3:5-6 Indwells the believer: Romans 8:9 Baptism of the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:13 Sealing of the Holy Spirit: Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Corinthians 6:16 Sanctification: 1 Peter 1:2 Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Happens at the time of conversion: Ephesians 4:4-6 Places the believer into the Body of Christ: 1 Corithians 12:13 Involves receiving the Holy Spirit as a seal and a promise: Ephesians  1:13-14 Filling of the Holy Spirit: Involves the confession of sin and the saturation of oneself with the Word of God.  Commanded (present tense) to be filled with the Spirit: Ephesians...

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I AM
Apr02

I AM

In bible study this week we discussed 18 “I AMs” of Jesus.  When we consider the significance of this phrase and the contextual relevance of Jesus’ usage there remains no question of His deity, His purpose, His power, His glory, His love, His provision, His majesty, or His return.  The I AMs of Christ  1. I am gentle and humble in heart (Matthew 11:29) 2. I am the Son of God (Matthew 27:43) 3. I am with you always (Matthew 29:20) 4. I am the bread of life (John 6:35) 5. I am the light of the world (John 8:12) 6. I am not of this world (John 8:12) 7. I am the door (John 10:9) 8. I am the good shepherd (John 11:25) 9. I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25) 10. I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) 11. I am the vine (John 15:5) 12. I am a king (John 18:37) 13. I am the Alpha and the Omega / Almighty (Revelation 1:8; 21:6) 14. I am the First and the Last, the living one, alive forever (Revelation 1:17-18) 15. I am He who searches the minds and hearts (Revelation 2:23) 16. I am coming quickly (Revelation 3:11) 17. I am the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star (Revelation 22:16) 18. I AM (John 8:58)...

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