101 | Walking with a New Heart | George Hinman


Walking with a New Heart | Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8 & 1 Samuel 9:27-10:13

April 22, 2018

Pastor George Hinman

Introduction:  The passage we are looking at in First Samuel takes place when the People of Israel have been in the promised land for some time.  They have been uneven in following God’s plan.  From time to time God raised up judges to lead them and remind them of God’s law.  But now they have asked Samuel, the current judge in Israel, to anoint a king. Israel has never been ruled by a king.  God tells Samuel to anoint a king, but only after warning the people of the hard consequences of having a king like all the other nations.  God reveals to Samuel that Saul is to be this king. We pick up the story as Saul appears at Samuel’s door looking for direction in finding Saul’s father’s donkeys for which he has been searching.

Prayer:Lord Jesus, King of kings, Prince of peace, rule in our hearts and thoughts as we look into your scripture.  Grant us a heart of understanding so that we can see how your Spirit can transform ordinary folks like us into your powerful witnesses. Amen.

Read:Acts 1:8 & 1 Samuel 9:27-10:13

Review:  What act of hospitality where you able to do this week? What were the results?

Discussion:

  1. What happened to Saul when the Spirit of God came upon him?  What signs did Saul receive?  Why might he have needed these signs?

  2. What power did the apostles receive as promised on Pentecost?  What signs accompanied the giving of the Spirit on this occasion? (See Acts 2:1-8)

  3. What did Jesus promise about the Holy Spirit in John 14:15-17?  What different relationship will the apostles have with the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ death, resurrection and return to heaven?

  4. What evidence or assurances has God given you so to know that His Spirit is in you? (If you are not sure check out these passages: Romans 10:9-10; Romans 8:1-11; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

  5. What power has God given you through the Holy Spirit?

Application:  What does walking with a new heart look like in your life?  Look for clues to the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in your thoughts and actions this week.

 

Pray:  Lord, we trust your promise that we will be your witnesses wherever life takes us.  Give us eyes to see just how you are at work in our lives this week and our lives point others toward you this week.  Amen.

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