We see that one of the themes throughout the Bible is God trying to find a home on Earth. Initially it was in the Garden. Later it was the Tabernacle. And we see that David had the desire to build the Temple. On the day of Pentecost a new temple was established. We have become the new temple of God. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 we read “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” and again in 6:19 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”
* Philippians 4:8 tells me what to think about –“Whatever is true, pure, lovely…”. What do I think about based on this verse? Do I think about what Jesus has done for me?
* When Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you” – was He saying He would prepare a place through the cross?
* In regards to grace and sin, Teresa asks, “who would willfully want to grieve a loving and compassionate Father?” * Does our holiness have to do with our appearance as well as our heart?
Living out the Gospel in daily life is made possible by Pentecost. There’s great significance we find in the Old Testament. 50 days after the Israelites left Egypt they camped at Mt. Sinai and were given the law. We see the Old Covenant law written on stone at the mountain and now as a result of Pentecost we have the New Covenant law written on our hearts. Romans 8:2 describes this as the Spirit of Life. James calls it the law of liberty.
* Eric wants to know if he was cursed because he fell away long ago, but has since repented. He asks if this is a Hebrews 6:4-8 example.
* What will the new heaven and earth will be like and where will we spend eternity? * What does it mean to be above reproach?
This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. This distinguishes Christianity from every other religion on earth. The very Spirit of God — the teacher — comes to live in believers. Paul put it this way in Colossians 1:27: “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
* What is the true mode for baptism? In the name of Jesus or the Father, Son, and Holy Spirt?
* Why does Paul’s statement seem uncertain in 2 Corinthians 13:14 “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
* Why does Paul continue to pray for things we should already have? 2 Thessalonians 1:11 “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” * How do we grow in grace? Is it through our intentional work to grow? * Don asks the question: “What are we doing with the reality of Christ in us?”
* I’m confused with the churches where the emphasis was on the ministers and not Jesus.
Pentecost really is the intersection of the Gospel and our daily lives. It’s a wonderful truth and so often it’s not taught. Acts 2:1-4 “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
* When Jesus said “if you deny me before men, I’ll deny you before the father”, does that apply to me?
* Is it right for me to be bothered when I hear pastors on the radio or behind the pulpit to describe what my Lord did on the Cross as atonement?
* Can you help me understand Hebrews 6? “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God…”
This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost. It is not often celebrated in the US. But it is one of the most important days in a believer’s calendar. It truly connects us to Jesus’ life. His life becomes our life. It marks the place and time when Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection intersects with our lives. When you hear the word “Pentecost”, what comes to mind? * Concerning Romans 3:31 – Does the law “inspire” and grace “motivate”?
* Double your impact with the matching gift challenge: http://basicgospel.net/support/ * Do you have to speak in tongues to go to Heaven?
* Is Romans 11:25-26 saying that the nation of Israel will all respond to the grace of God or is it referring to the “Israel” of Jew and Gentile?
* Was the gifts of tongues to prove to the Jewish people that He was grafting others into the Kingdom?
Why is the overwhelming grace of God true? Romans 3:3 Romans 7:4-6 How can we uphold the law and die to it at the same time? Romans 6:14 Are you living under grace or under the law? * John 10:28-29 Can a Christian lose salvation?
* Is there a Hell? How does a person end up there? God knows how to get through to people.
* Rev 22:15 Are all people forgiven? Romans 6:1 Are sinners excused or forgiven of sins? What is repentance? * Ecc. 3:18 How are man and animals both the same?
The wonderful good news. Romans 6 What is the grace of God? How is the Christian life to be lived? What is this new covenant all about? Do you live in the old or the new covenant?
* Does God hold anything against us? Because of Christ there is no condemnation for you. What does God think about us? * Will we be with the Son in Heaven forever? Who do we trust for truth?
* 12 Days of Simply Grace. Growing in grace as a Christian. Live by faith and producing the fruits of the Spirit.