These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

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Bible Study Guide:

The Spirit is Life

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, The Promise.

1. Acts 2:38-39; Joel 2:28-29; Luke 11:11-13; John 3:14-17 God made a promise to the people of Israel long ago. What was that promise? Why would that promise be relevant to someone who is not of Israelite heritage?

2. John 10:10; Romans 8:6-14 What does the Holy Spirit do within us and what is the Spirit’s gift to us? Can you think of any personal examples you can share if you are in a study group of how the Spirit has worked for you in your life? Note down any questions you might have at this point.

3. Philippians 3:7-11; Romans 8:22-27 How has the knowledge of Jesus Christ as God and Savior and your growing relationship with him affected your life? What temptations do we have when our difficulties cause us to grow weary and discouraged?

4. Romans 8:26-27; John 14:16-19, 25-27; 15:16-27; 16:5-16 What names does the Holy Spirit have? What does each name tell us about the role the Holy Spirit has in a Christian’s life? Can you think of ways the Spirit has fulfilled these roles in your life?

5. Ephesians 5:18 What do you think it means to “be filled with” the Holy Spirit? What does the context tell you? Can you think of any biblical examples?

6. II Timothy 1:6-7 Why do you think Paul encouraged Timothy “to fan into flame the gift of God?” What would be the result of doing that?

7. Galatians 5:16 We are asked “to live by the Spirit.” According to the context (the surrounding verses) of this passage, in what ways can we “live by the Spirit?”

8. Luke 12:10 Why is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit unforgivable? What can you tell by the context (Luke 11:14-16) of this warning why it is such a grievous sin? (See I John 1:8-2:6 for affirmation that you have not committed an unpardonable sin.)

9. Ephesians 4:30 What can you tell by the context surrounding the warning “do not grieve the Holy Spirit” about what this means in practical terms?

10. I Thessalonians 5:12-22 How is it even possible to “put out the Spirit’s fire” as the NIV puts it, or “quench” as the KJV puts it? What can you tell from the context of the chapter? Have you had any personal examples of this happening?

11. II Corinthians 1:21-22; II Corinthians 4:13-5:9; Ephesians 1:11-14 List or summarize what you have learned from reading these passages on the Holy Spirit as the “deposit” or “guarantee” of God’s promises to his children.


12. Summarize what you have learned about the role of the Holy Spirit in your life. Have your questions from no. 2 been answered? Reflect on how to fulfill your responsibility in responding to the Holy Spirit.

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