Community Group Discussion Guide: Be Filled with the Spirit
Digging Deeper: Jesus talked about spiritual hunger in the Be-Attitudes. Matthew 5:6 KJV
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." It is healthy for Believers in Christ to "hunger and thirst" for a deeper relationship with Him. How do you cultivate your personal relationship with other people? What are some "things" that we can do to cultivate our relationship with God?
Ephesians 5:18 “And do not get drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?  Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
Community Group Discussion Guide: Baptism of Power
Digging Deeper: Let's look at three instances where the followers of Jesus were "filled" with the Holy Spirit.
John 20:21,22. Again Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
Community Group Discussion Guide: Jesus and the Holy Spirit
Digging Deeper: Let's look at the relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The connection between Jesus and the Holy Spirit is significant.
Read: 1 Peter 1:10-12a As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,  seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.  It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.
Read: Matthew 1:20 Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit."
Some miscellaneous questions concerning Jesus and the Holy Spirit:
Peter spoke the following words to Cornelius and his household: Acts 10:37-39 "You yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed.  You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.  We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem."
Wrap-up: The Holy Spirit was working in and through the life of Jesus in three highly significant accomplishments.
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