Encourage the seeker that he/she will indeed receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit.

After baptism, we are sustained by the help of the Spirit.

He works powerfully in the life of every baptized disciple of Christ.

You may want to combine this study with a study of the Church, as both gifts (the Spirit and the Church) from God help us hold fast to our confession to the end.

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Notice the harmony with John 3:5 and Titus 3:5 (perhaps from a previous study on baptism).

At baptism, we are born again via water and the Spirit. As we are made holy by Jesus’ blood, we are also filled with the Holy Spirit.

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”[a] 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

  • After Jesus’ glorification (crucifixion and resurrection), God sent His Spirit to flow from within us like streams of running water. Previously (OT), the Spirit came upon people. Now, He dwells within us.

but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

  • The Spirit convicts us (and the world) with regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment.
  • He does this abundantly through His Word, which He gave to the Apostles as they were guided into all truth (John 16:13).

26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Mark 15:41

41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

  • We are strengthened with real power through the Spirit who dwells within us. Understanding Jesus’ amazing love for us is a source of that strength.

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[a] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[b] his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[c] And by him we cry, “Abba,[d] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

  • A powerful statement on the Spirit’s role in our Christian walk.
  • A Spiritual mindset brings life and peace, and obedience to God’s word.
  • Be secure that the Spirit of Christ dwells in you, thus you belong to Him.
  • The Spirit leads us into freedom from fear to confirm God as our Father.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

The fruit of the Spirit! Expect it. Pursue it.

This is the best evidence that ou have received the Hol Spirit.

Peter has preached the message of the cross. What are the next steps?

– Do you prefer the darkness over the light? Are you ready to move into the light of God’s grace?

  • John 14:16-18
  • 1 Samuel 16:13,
  • 1 Samuel 19:18-24
  • Acts 2:1-4
  • Acts 8:16
  • Acts 10:44-45
  • Luke 1:15
  • John 10:41
  • Exodus 4:5
  • 1 Kings 17:24
  • Mark 16:20
  • Acts 14:3
  • Hebrews 2:4
  • Acts 8:18
  • Romans 1:11
  • Romans 12:4-8
  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
  • 1 Corinthians 13:8-12
  • Acts 6:3-6
  • Colossians 2:13-14