Lesson 26: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit: The Spirit and Christian Beginnings


Read Know the Truth: Chapter 20: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit: The Spirit and Christian Beginnings (Pages 250-261)

Questions for Discussion

1. What does Scripture mean by ‘grace’? Discuss the view that it is the primary term in the Christian’s vocabulary.

2. What do you understand by ‘union with Christ’? Explore its implications for (a) Christian salvation, (b) Christian service, (c) Christian fellowship, (d) Christian discipleship.

3. What is ‘divine election’? What light is thrown on it by the election of Israel? Assess biblically the claims made for (a) foreknowledge as the basis of election, (b) reprobation. What are the implications of election for (a) the Christian’s assurance of salvation, (b) Christian worship, (c) Christian hope for the future?

4. Does the Bible make a distinction between God’s general and effective calling?

5. What does regeneration mean? Must it be consciously experienced? What implications does it carry for our understanding of the work of the Spirit in general and in particular for our evangelism?

6. What are the respective places of faith and works in relation to our justification and to the Christian gospel?

7. What is meant by adoption? What are its implications for (a) the Christian’s thanksgiving, (b) the Christian’s self-image, (c) Christian fellowship, (d) the Christian’s prospects beyond death?

8. Explain as simply and fully as you can what is meant by ‘believing in Christ’. What does repentance mean and what place does it have (a) in the gospel, (b) for Christian living (cf. Rev. 2:5, 16; 3:3, 19)?

Milne, Bruce (2012-11-28). Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief (pp. 260-261). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

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