All notes are taken from The Gospel Project: God’s Story, Part 2.
In this session, we will see how the promised Holy Spirit descended upon Christ’s disciples. As we witness the work of the Holy Spirit in the early church, we will see how the Spirit indwells those who believe in Christ, empowers believers to spread the gospel, and builds up believers into the community of faith.
1) The Holy Spirit indwells every believer. (Acts 2:1-4)
- In what ways does your church reflect the heart of God who promises to build up His people? Why is it important for churches to transcend worldly boundaries in sharing and celebrating the gospel?
- In what ways does the reality of the Spirit’s life-giving, permanent presence in your heart affect your view of Christian living?
2) The Holy Spirit empowers the spread of the gospel. (Acts 2:22-36)
- Is our lack of confidence in sharing the gospel indicative of a lack of faith in the Spirit’s power? Why is it important to recognize the supernatural element of conversion?
3) The Holy Spirit builds the community of faith. (Acts 2:37-42)
- Can you articulate the gospel as clearly as Peter does in Acts 2? How would you describe the concepts of repentance and faith to someone with no biblical knowledge or church background?
- A local church is made up of people who believe the gospel and have been baptized. It is also marked by a commitment to the teachings of Christ through His apostles. The church is also devoted to fellowship and breaking of bread with one another. Lastly, a church must be devoted to prayer. How clearly are these marks of the church visible in your own congregation? What steps can you take as a group to make these marks more visible in your church?