Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 19th July 2015
Quarter Theme: A Revived Church: Lessons from the Acts of the Apostles
Topic: Walking in the Spirit
Texts: Acts 11: 27-30, Romans. 8: 1-14
Memory Verse Romans 8:14 “because those who led by the spirit of God are sons of God”
Another characteristics of a revived Church is that it walks in the spirit. “Walk in the spirit” here is a figurative extension, which means “to conduct one’s life, comport oneself and behave in conformity to the way of the Spirit. “Walking” was the apostle Paul’s favorite metaphor for the Christian life — perhaps it was because he did a lot of walking in his life; Paul uses the word “walk” thirty-two times in his letters example— “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Eph. 4:1)… “walk in love” (Eph 5:2 etc. So life as a Christian is “cooperating” with the Holy Spirit in a daily walk. As believers, we are now no longer obligated to live according to the flesh, but free to live according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:2-4). The characteristic principle of the Holy Spirit is to empower believers for holy living — “walking according to the Spirit” is Paul’s chief expression of the Christ-life. Before Jesus left the earth, he instructed his disciples to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the promised Holy Spirit. While He walked on the earth, he instructed and taught them himself, but as He departed, He knew someone needed to continue to teach, lead and direct His disciples, which is the promised Holy Spirit. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13.
As we walk in the spirit, He tell us of what is to come. In Acts 11:28, Agabus, through the spirit, predicted that there will be famine in the land. This enabled the church to prepare in advance. In Acts 13: 1-3, the church at Antioch where given instruction, by the spirit, to set apart Paul and Barnabas for a specific task. There are so many examples in Acts of the Apostles where the disciples were lead and directed by the Holy Spirit. Can you come up with other examples in Acts? When we walk in the spirit, he instructs and guides us in the way we should go since we are created to fulfil God’s purpose on earth. Through constant walk in the Spirit can we overcome the struggle of knowing what to do when at cross roads of life.
In Acts chapter 8, Paul stresses the importance walking in the spirit. This produces the following;
(1) Assures freedom from condemnation which comes from the law of Sin and death. The witness of the spirit, constantly brings to life and reality, the benefits of the death and resurrection of Jesus, through which our redemption is assured. Walking in the spirit produces liberty. Vs. 1- 4.
(2) Re-creates life whose mind is set to please God, rather than the flesh. Vs. 5-8.
(3) Cements our relationship with Christ and makes His righteousness real, freeing us from the bondage of sin. Vs 9-10
(4) Emphasizes the promise of resurrection and renewal. Vs. 11
(5) Provides power to put to death the misdeeds of the flesh Vs. 12-13.
(6) Provides leadership and direction The Holy Spirit moves us in our spirit as we move through the decisions of life, be they be small or major decisions. Vs. 14
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Discuss practical ways a believer can develop his/her relationship to ensure he experiences this leading of the spirit. Romans 8: 5-7, Psalm 32:8-9
2. What are the hindrances to our walking in the spirit? How can we overcome these hindrances? Romans 8: 1-4
3. How can we set our mind on the things of the Spirit? Romans 12: 1-2 Can you recognize when the things you’re setting your mind on relate to your sinful nature?
4. Discuss what you learnt from the topic?