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** UPDATE: NEW QUESTION ADDED – See Bonus Below **
Hey Sweet Blog Friends,
I’m sitting here while about 40 pages of Bible study written by the women’s writing team at our church cycle through my printer. I’m about to begin study and research in preparation for writing one lesson about the Holy Spirit which brought me to my blog.
If you were looking for an IOW post… I’m taking a break from IOW until Spring. I just have one or two too many irons in the fire, and want to focus on the ministries God has given me this coming season and doing them well.
Last night I facilitated the first group meeting for a Crisis Grief group. This is basically a support group for people struggling with grief and awaiting the beginning of the next Recovery Group classes at the end of January. It is different than my Bereaved Mothers Recovery Group in that we have no curriculum or basic structure. We simply talk and rely on the Holy Spirit to lift out of our conversation the areas that need His work and touch in the grief.
As I marveled at His absolute power in the room last night, I found myself drawn to preparing for this lesson this morning. And, I have some questions I would like your help in answering. I will leave these questions up for quite a while maybe through the first of the year… And if I can figure out how to make this a “sticky post” I will. (You may need to scroll down to read new posts.)
If you would send people my way and encourage them to answer my questions by linking to this post – I WOULD MUCH APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT and response.
I would like to ask that you reply to these as ANONYMOUS comments and be completely honest. I need some honest feedback about where you are with the Holy Spirit and your understanding of Him from Scripture.
Here are my questions: (Scale questions are 1 being not at all and 5 being an absolute must)
1. On a scale of 1 to 5, How important is the presence of the Holy Spirit to you in your daily life? Why did you choose the answer you did?
2. What do you believe the Holy Spirit’s role is when it comes to your daily walk with the Lord?
3. When and how does the Holy Spirit begin His work in your life?
4. On a scale of 1 to 5, Rate your understanding of the Holy Spirit based on what you know today.
Please tell me the area you struggle with the most in regard to the Holy Spirit.
5. Who is the Holy Spirit to you?
6. How does the Holy Spirit help you?
7. What importance does your denomination place on the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
8. What do you personally believe about the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
9. How important is the Holy Spirit in the administration of spiritual growth and gifts?
10. When did you first realize the work of the Holy Spirit in your life?
11. When would you say you rely on the Holy Spirit the most? (IE: All the time, times of distress or trouble, some of the time, when I hear a teaching about it… etc.)
12. Would you like to learn more about the Holy Spirit?
Bonus: What are the distinctions between the persons of the Godhead (Trinity) as you understand them (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)? How is the Holy Spirit separate and distinct from Jesus as the Son of God and Christ?
If you would be willing to answer these questions you would be helping me to develop a curriculum that reaches across denominational lines and speaks to the heart of hurting women. While I will definitely be tailoring my curriculum to agree with the doctrinal teachings and statement of faith of my church, I also want to answer and validate the truth about the Holy Spirit by reaching beyond the assumption that anyone coming to my group would know what our church teaches. I ran into this very issue this semester and realized I need to do a little more homework. Again, please do not include your name with your comment – Anonymity is very important.