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  • Week 7: Supernatural Church

    Reading: Chapter 7, the Final Biography, Afterword

    "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13

    Discussion Questions:

    • Dream a little. What would our church be like if each person was walking in the Spirit? What would our young women's ministry look like?
    • Do other people see God's supernatural presence and power in your life?  What steps of faith are you taking right now that requires God to come through for you?
    • If you died today, what would be written in your final biography?  What would you want your biography to say?
  • Week 6: Forget About His Will For Your Life!

    Reading Ch. 6, Dave Phillips (pgs. 119-137)

    And to expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouse is to stymie the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence. -A.W. Tozer-

    Discussion Questions:

    • How did God use this weeks lesson to speak to you?
    • Does your life reflect an excuse for inaction or disobedience towards the Spirit ? If not than how does your life reflect an open and willing heart to surrender to the Spirit's leading?
    • What would you like us to pray for you this week?


  • Week 5: A Real Relationship

    Reading: Chapter 5, Thomas & Jen Yun (pgs. 103-116)

    "Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir." - Galatians 4:6-7

    Discussion Questions:

    • Think about your relationship with God. Are you acquaintances, intimate, or somewhere in-between?  According to Galatians 4:6-7 and Romans 8:15-17, who are we to God and what does this mean to you?
    • Chan describes three* reasons why we might become distanced from the Holy Spirit: comfort, volume (noise), and personal baggage. Which of these three poses the most challenge for you and why?  What steps do you need to take to become more attuned with the Holy Spirit?  (*It's technically two, but Chan throws in the third at the end of the chapter.)
  • Week 4: Why Do You Want Him?

    Reading: Chapter 4, Esther Ahn Kim (pg. 81-99)

    The Christian's life in all its aspects-intellectual and ethical, devotional and relational, upsurging in worship and outgoing in witness-is supernatural; only the Spirit can initiate and sustain it.  So apart from him, not only will there be no lively believers and no lively congregations, there will be no believers and no congregations at all.-J.I. Packer-

    Discussion Questions:

                  Why do you want to experience more of the Holy Spirit?

                  How did God use this weeks lesson to speak to you?  

    Do you want to lead or be led by the Holy Spirit? Did God lead you to where you are?

  • Week 3: Theology of the Holy Spirit 101

    Reading: Chapter 3, Francis Schaeffer (pg. 63-80)

    "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6

    Discussion Questions:

    • Why is it important to have a "good theology" of the Holy Spirit?
    • Chan discusses several characteristics of the Holy Spirit (pgs. 70-74). Which of these truths speaks most deeply to you and why?
    • The Holy Spirit works in our lives in many different ways (pgs. 74-76) - pick one.  How is the Holy Spirit working in this way in your everyday life, or if not yet, how might He do so?
  • Week 2: What Are You Afraid Of?

    Reading: Chapter 2, Domingo & Irene Garcia (pgs. 45-60)

    This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him! - Romans 8:15-17 (MSG)

    Discussion Questions:

    • Are you honestly living your life as a fearless Christian?  If so, how does your life reflect a fearless Christian?  If not, what is preventing you from living in the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit?

    • How did God use this week's lesson to speak to you?  What will you do to apply what you learned to your life?
    • Before doing this study what has been your knowledge on the Holy Spirit?

  • Week 1: I've Got Jesus. Why Do I Need The Spirit?

    Reading: Introduction, Chapter 1, Joni Erickson Tada (pgs. 15-41)

    "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with it's passion and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." - Galatians 5:22-25

    Discussion Questions:

    (You can always choose to comment about any part of the reading that spoke the most to you; if you're not sure what to write about, feel free to use these questions as points of reflection from the reading to add to the discussion.)

    • Think about what you believe about the Holy Spirit and Christian living. Do you think that your beliefs are shaped more by Scripture, cultural tradition, or what other people have said?  Why?
    • What does it mean when the Bible says that "your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and that "he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever" (John 14:16)?  How are these truths significant to you?
    • Do you know someone who lives a Spirit-filled life?  What does their life look like?  How is their life different from the life of a carnal Christian believer or an unbeliever who is a good person?
  • Forgotten God - Study Schedule

    Week Dates Book Section  Pages
    1 08.21-08.27 Intro, Chapter 1, Joni Erickson Tada  15-41
    2 08.28-09.03 Chapter 2, Domingo & Irene Garcia  45-60
    3 09.04-09.10 Chapter 3, Francis Schaeffer  63-80
    4 09.11-09.17 Chapter 4, Esther Ann Kim  83-99
    5 09.18-09.24 Chapter 5, Thomas & Jen Yun  103-116
    6 09.25-10.01 Chapter 6, Dave Phillips  119-137
    7 10.02-10.08 Chapter 7, The Final Biography, Afterword  141-166
    8 10.09-10.15 (Review, Reflections, and Final Thoughts )  

  • Forgotten God - First Blog Study!

    Are you excited?! Our first study begins the week of Sunday, August 21!  We'll be doing Francis Chan's Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.  (Books are available at the Sunrise Bookstore and online. Please see Cathy if you need a scholarship to purchase the book.)  The study will run for a full eight weeks, ending mid-October.

    Because this is new for all of us, here's the break-down of how this online blog study will work:

    • Each week, we will be reading a chapter from our study book and discussing the chapter on the blog.
    • On the Sunday at the beginning of each week, there will be questions posted on the blog to help start the discussion.
    • To be a part of the discussion, leave a comment. Feel free to respond to the questions and/or respond to other comments on the blog. You determine how involved you want to be, but we ask that each person leave at least one comment each week.

    Just to make sure that we're all on the same page, leave a comment below!  (If you have more questions or need help, contact Tracy or Jayne.)  We'll see you on the Blog in just another week!  God bless!

    NOTE: If you are concerned about your privacy, please know that to leave a comment you do not have to post your name or email.  You can choose to post anonymously or fictitiously.

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