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Bible Study: The Holy Spirit – The Ministry of The Spirit in the Church as a Whole – Lesson #3

Lesson 3: The Ministry of The Spirit in the Church as a Whole  

The Holy Spirit is seemingly the least understood of the members of the Trinity.  Although many churches in the modern era TALK about the Spirit, the vast majority of them focus on the “power” and the “gifts”, rather than the Person and Ministry of the Spirit.  And even then, they produce a lot of unbiblical information on the “power” and “gifts” that leads to a very unbalanced understanding of what Christianity is really all about.

Hopefully, this study will help us gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Holy Spirit.

The person and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Gospels is confirmed by His work in the early church.  The ministry of The Spirit to the Church as a whole is in the areas of:

Missions and Evangelism – Acts 1:8 (fulfilling Joel 2:28-29, and Joel 2:32)

Cleansing and Sanctification – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Doctrinal Truth – 1 Corinthians 2:9-16,   Ephesians 1:15-21,   2 Peter 1:19-21,   1 John 4:1-6

Unity –  Romans 12:4-5,   1 Corinthians 12:12-14,   2 Corinthians 13:14,   Ephesians 4:1-6,   Philippians 2:1-2