VFC Bible Study worksheet 28-Jun-2015



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Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – June 28, 2015
Theme: The Promised Holy Spirit

Topic: Review and Summary

Key Verse: John 14:6 – “… I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to
be with you for ever …”

Last Sunday we had our last study on the theme The Promised Holy Spirit by studying the Congregational Callings of Evangelists, Pastors (or Overseers), Teachers and Deacons. The key points from that study are:

  • Evangelists are itinerant preachers with the primary calling to preach the Gospel, lead repentant sinners to Christ, and hand them over to local churches for nurturing.
  • Overseers, also called Pastors, are responsible for spiritual nurture of a congregation. They should be mature, married, have their homes in order, be good teachers, and have good testimony
  • A Bishop or General Overseer oversees several churches in a defined geographical area. As in the case of Timothy, they may be required to also carry out evangelistic work.
  • Although Deacons are primarily for church administration, their call is also spiritual and they must possess similar qualities as Overseers. Philip – one of the early deacons, was also an evangelist.

This Sunday we will have a Review and Summary of the studies for the quarter. As usual, the worksheet is different in that it is a compilation of the key learnings from all the studies – a useful reference for those who missed some of them.

The Promise {Text: John 14:1-17}

1. Before Pentecost, although the Holy Spirit “visited” people, empowering them for specific tasks, He never stayed with them forever.

2. The coming of the Holy Spirit the Lord promised was for Him (the Holy Spirit) to abide with the disciples forever, empowering them to carry out the task He had given them.

3. The Lord promised that the Holy Spirit would :

a) Remind us of the teachings of Jesus Christ
b) Teach us all things we need to know to stay in His will
c) Empower us to preach the Gospel
d) Enable us live lives that are consistent with His will

Pentecost and the aftermath {Texts: Acts 2:1-13; 2:38-3:8}

1. The disciples had no idea of what was going to happen that day, but they simply waited in that room for whatever God had to offer.

2. They all spoke in tongues, spontaneously and effortlessly, as the Holy Spirit enabled them – no cajoling, no gimmicks

3. Peter made clear in his message that day that the Holy Spirit baptism being witnessed was not only for that generation, but for all who would believe – then and in future (including ourselves!)

4. After that experience, the apostles were not the same again, compared with what they were before then

5. The Holy Spirit consistently manifested Himself in power, love and self-discipline after that event

6. Our claims to being baptised with the Holy Spirit should be confirmed in the manifestation of power, love and self-discipline

7. We must resist the temptation to down-play any of the components (power, love, self-discipline) of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit

The Counsellor {Texts: Acts 16:1-10; 13:1-3}

1. The disciples had no idea of what was going to happen that day, but they simply waited in that room
for whatever God had to offer.

2. They all spoke in tongues, spontaneously and effortlessly, as the Holy Spirit enabled them – no
cajoling, no gimmicks

3. Peter made clear in his message that day that the Holy Spirit baptism being witnessed was not only
for that generation, but for all who would believe – then and in future (including ourselves!)

4. After that experience, the apostles were not the same again, compared with what they were before
then

5. The Holy Spirit consistently manifested Himself in power, love and self-discipline after that event

6. Our claims to being baptised with the Holy Spirit should be confirmed in the manifestation of power,
love and self-discipline

7. We must resist the temptation to down-play any of the components (power, love, self-discipline) of
the manifestations of the Holy Spirit

The Teacher {Texts: 1 Corinthians 2:4-16; Galatians 1:11-24}

1. He is able to, and does teach us God’s ways even when, by reason of circumstance, we do not have access to more mature or more knowledgeable Christians – We saw this in Apostle Paul following his conversion

2. He gives us new insights into what we read in the Bible, sometimes even more than our respected teachers

3. He reminds us of the Scriptures at appropriate times – this means we need to have been studying the Bible, otherwise there would be nothing to remind us of!

4. He gives us the right words to say at critical times, such as when our faith is on trial

The “Tongues” Issue {Text: 1 Corinthians 14:1-32}

1. Speaking in tongues is biblical and was a normal part of the life of the early Christians.

2. The only recorded controversy over speaking in tongues in the Bible was in the church at Corinth where the issue was not whether they should speak in tongues, but the discipline in the use of tongues

3. There is a difference between speaking in tongues for personal worship, and speaking in tongues to bring a message to a congregation

4. We should not, because of cases of indiscipline we have witnessed, dismiss speaking in tongues as being irrelevant for the Christian today.

The Right Use of Tongues {Text: 1 Corinthians 14:1-32}

1. There is a difference between tongues as an instrument for personal devotion and worship and tongues in ministration to a congregation;

2. When Paul said he would like all Corinthians (read “all Christians”) to speak in tongues, he meant tongues in the context of personal devotion and worship.

3. Praying in tongues is part of “praying with the spirit”; Paul says we can also “sing with the spirit”

4. Tongues in ministration to a congregation must be accompanied by interpretation either by the one that speaks in the tongue, or by someone else in the congregation, unless the tongue is actually understood by people (such as on the day of Pentecost).

5. Whoever is enabled by The Holy Spirit to speak in tongues is also in control as “the spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet’s control”

6. The gift of prophesy is superior to that of tongues unless the tongue is interpreted

7. The key question in each mind should be, “Since the Holy Spirit has given different gifts to Christians, what gift has He given me?”

Overview Of The Gifts {Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31}

1. There are nine manifestations in three groups of three:

a) Revelation gifts comprising Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, and Discerning of Spirits
b) Power gifts comprising: Faith, Working of Miracles, and Healings
c) Utterance gifts comprising: Prophecy, Diverse kinds of tongues, Interpretation of tongues

2. An individual can be endowed with multiple gifts, such as we sw in Apostle Paul

3. Whichever gifts we have are for the overall edification of the Church.

4. Each of us should desire spiritual gifts

The Revelation Gifts {Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31}

1. The Word of Wisdom is that Spirit-inspired counsel that reveals God’s mind on a potentially contentious issue, or a challenging situation. We saw a manifestation of this gift in Apostle James when the church deliberated on the question of whether or not Gentile converts to the faith needed to be circumcised. (Acts 15:1-22)

2. The Word of Knowledge is a revelation to one so gifted, of what has happened – not through gossip, but by special revelation – a dream, vision, or the inner voice. We saw the example in Apostle Peter in the story of Ananias and Saphira in Acts 5:1-10

3. Discerning of Spirits is the ability to recognise what spirit is at work in an individual. We saw the example in Apostle Paul recognising that the young girl at Philippi that announced the ministry of Paul and Barnabas was actually speaking by an evil spirit. (Acts 16:12-18)

The Power Gifts {Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31}

1. The Gift of Faith is not the same as saving faith – which unbelievers require to be saved. Rather, the spiritual Gift of Faith, as with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, is given to those that are born again; it is an extraordinary faith given to receive miracles. (Acts 14:9-10)

2. The Gifts of Healings and Working of Miracles enable the ones so gifted to perform miracles.

3. Paul manifested the Working of Miracles (“extraordinary miracles”) when, at Ephesus, handkerchiefs and aprons that touched him were taken to the sick as points of contact, and those sick received their healing. (Acts 19:11-12)

4. Refusal to believe in God’s power to heal is a hindrance to receiving one’s healing; we see this in Nazareth where Jesus grew up, but where we are told He could not do many miracles because the people refused to believe in Him. (Mark 6:1-6)

5. An important observation is that everywhere these Power Gifts were manifested in the New Testament, the manifestations were never the focus of the occasions, but simply happened in the course of ministering the Word. Faith comes from hearing and appropriating God’s Word. (Romans 10:17)

6. God is sovereign and can, as He chooses, minister healing to people who are perhaps not in a position to exercise faith, through the faith of others. We see this in the cases of Jairus’ daughter, the Centurion’s servant, and the sick man that was let down through a house roof to reach Jesus for healing.

The Utterance Gifts {Text: 1 Corinthians 14:1-31}

1. Prophecy reveals God’s plan and what He would allow, with the overall objective of strengthening, encouraging and comforting His people

2. Every prophecy calls for a response from the target recipients.

3. Not every prophecy carries a pleasant message: Agabus’s prophecies spoke of an impending famine in the Roman Empire, and also of the persecution that awaited Paul in Jerusalem. Both messages were aimed at getting people prepared for what was coming

4. Messages delivered in tongues to a gathering require interpretation. When this happens, it is equivalent to prophecy

5. Interpretation of tongues does not always come through the one that spoke in the tongue; often, God anoints someone else in the congregation to interpret the message.

Different Kinds of Service (1) {Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31}

1. An apostle is sent to reach far and wide with the Gospel, planting churches, appointing leaders, and dealing with matters of the faith in a foundational way.

2. The apostle is endowed with multiple spiritual gifts to enable him carry out his mission

3. The apostolic calling is to serve the body of Christ, beyond denominational boundaries

4. The apostles in the early church did not pastor churches; they reached far and wide with the Gospel, established churches and appointed leaders for them

Different Kinds of Service (2) {Texts: 1 Timothy 3:1-12; Titus 1:5-9}

1. Evangelists are itinerant preachers with the primary calling to preach the Gospel, lead repentant sinners to Christ, and hand them over to local churches for nurturing.

2. Overseers, also called Pastors, are responsible for spiritual nurture of a congregation. They should be mature, married, have their homes in order, be good teachers, and have good testimony

3. A Bishop or General Overseer oversees several churches in a defined geographical area. As in the case of Timothy, they may be required to also carry out evangelistic work.

4. Although Deacons are primarily for church administration, their call is also spiritual and they must possess similar qualities as Overseers. Philip – one of the early deacons, was also an evangelist.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in Your Church. We
ask that you will reveal to each and every one of us where we fit in, in Jesus’ name, Amen.