We Believe In The Holy Spirit

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Instructor: Various Instructors
Lessons: 4
Discipline: Theology
Course Group: Basic Christian Doctrine
Practically speaking, the Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who is most involved in our daily lives. But many Christians know far more about the Father and the Son than they do about the Spirit. In this series we'll discover how the doctrine of the Holy Spirit developed historically, and we'll explore the Spirit's dynamic work in the world, in the church, and in believers.

Course Goals:

  • Trace the development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit's distinct personhood within the Trinity.
  • Explore the Spirit's works of creation and providence in the world at large.
  • Explain the Spirit's work in God's Old and New Testament covenant communities.
  • Examine the Spirit's work in individual believers.

71 min.

Lesson 1: In the Trinity

Examines the Holy Spirit as a full and equal member of the Godhead.
59 min.

Forum 1: In the Trinity

A companion video to lesson 1 of the same series that asks the following questions:
  • How does the New Testament's revelation of the Holy Spirit help us recognize Old Testament clues about the Trinity?
  • How can we demonstrate the divinity of the Holy Spirit from Scripture?
  • How do the attributes of the Holy Spirit demonstrate his divinity?
  • How do the works of the Holy Spirit demonstrate his divinity?
  • What kinds of things did the Spirit of the Lord do in the Old Testament that demonstrated his divinity?
  • How does Scripture teach us that God's Spirit is a person rather than an impersonal force?
  • How do Jesus' words in the Farewell Discourse in John 14-16 point to the deity and distinct personhood of the Holy Spirit?
  • How are the Trinitarian formulas in the New Testament helpful to our understanding of pneumatology?
  • How does the ontological Trinity differ from the economic Trinity?
  • How should we acknowledge and respond to the divinity of the Holy Spirit in our worship and prayers?
  • If the Father has authority over the Son and Spirit, does that mean he always gets his way when they disagree?
59 min.

Forum 1: In the Trinity

A companion video to lesson 1 of the same series that asks the following questions:
  • How does the New Testament's revelation of the Holy Spirit help us recognize Old Testament clues about the Trinity?
  • How can we demonstrate the divinity of the Holy Spirit from Scripture?
  • How do the attributes of the Holy Spirit demonstrate his divinity?
  • How do the works of the Holy Spirit demonstrate his divinity?
  • What kinds of things did the Spirit of the Lord do in the Old Testament that demonstrated his divinity?
  • How does Scripture teach us that God's Spirit is a person rather than an impersonal force?
  • How do Jesus' words in the Farewell Discourse in John 14-16 point to the deity and distinct personhood of the Holy Spirit?
  • How are the Trinitarian formulas in the New Testament helpful to our understanding of pneumatology?
  • How does the ontological Trinity differ from the economic Trinity?
  • How should we acknowledge and respond to the divinity of the Holy Spirit in our worship and prayers?
  • If the Father has authority over the Son and Spirit, does that mean he always gets his way when they disagree?
79 min.

Lesson 2: In the World

Focuses on the Holy Spirit's activity in the creation as a whole.
55 min.

Forum 2: In the World

A companion video to lesson 2 of the same series that asks the following questions:
  • What role did the Holy Spirit play during the creation week in Genesis 1?
  • How does the Holy Spirit, as a person of the Godhead, interact with God's creation?
  • Why does the Holy Spirit provide good things for unbelievers as well as believers?
  • How does the Holy Spirit providentially influence kings, nations and politics?
  • What role does the Holy Spirit play in revelation?
  • How did the Holy Spirit interact with human authors to write Scripture?
  • What's the difference between illumination and inspiration?
  • How do illumination and inward leading from the Holy Spirit help us interpret God's revelation to us?
  • Why does the Gospel of John often refer to Jesus' miracles as "signs"?
  • What is common grace?
  • Why do fallen, unsaved human beings still exhibit truthfulness, goodness and beauty?
  • What are some ways that the Holy Spirit restrains evil and promotes goodness in humanity at large?
  • Why does the Holy Spirit nurture and provide for the lives of sinners who will never come to faith?
  • How should the fact that God gives common grace to unbelievers as well as believers impact the way we evaluate our surrounding culture?
55 min.

Forum 2: In the World

A companion video to lesson 2 of the same series that asks the following questions:
  • What role did the Holy Spirit play during the creation week in Genesis 1?
  • How does the Holy Spirit, as a person of the Godhead, interact with God's creation?
  • Why does the Holy Spirit provide good things for unbelievers as well as believers?
  • How does the Holy Spirit providentially influence kings, nations and politics?
  • What role does the Holy Spirit play in revelation?
  • How did the Holy Spirit interact with human authors to write Scripture?
  • What's the difference between illumination and inspiration?
  • How do illumination and inward leading from the Holy Spirit help us interpret God's revelation to us?
  • Why does the Gospel of John often refer to Jesus' miracles as "signs"?
  • What is common grace?
  • Why do fallen, unsaved human beings still exhibit truthfulness, goodness and beauty?
  • What are some ways that the Holy Spirit restrains evil and promotes goodness in humanity at large?
  • Why does the Holy Spirit nurture and provide for the lives of sinners who will never come to faith?
  • How should the fact that God gives common grace to unbelievers as well as believers impact the way we evaluate our surrounding culture?
80 min.

Lesson 3: In the Church

Explores the Holy Spirit's work within the community of God's covenant people.
57 min.

Forum 3: In the Church

A companion video to lesson 3 of the same series that asks the following questions:
  • Why is it important to consider the church's Old Testament background?
  • Why was God so patient and gracious toward Israel in the Old Testament?
  • Do unsaved people in the church benefit from being in covenant with God?
  • What is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?
  • What do we mean when we say that the writers of Scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit?
  • How did the Holy Spirit and human authors work together in organic inspiration?
  • Was Scripture primarily written to God's covenant people?
  • Why is it important to know that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers?
  • What is the primary purpose of spiritual gifts?
  • What role should spiritual gifts play in the life of the church?
  • How can we discover our spiritual gifts?
  • What is the proper use and emphasis of spiritual gifts?
  • Can the Spirit give spiritual gifts that are not in the lists of gifts found in Scripture?
  • Do you believe that the miraculous spiritual gifts have ceased or that they continue today?
57 min.

Forum 3: In the Church

A companion video to lesson 3 of the same series that asks the following questions:
  • Why is it important to consider the church's Old Testament background?
  • Why was God so patient and gracious toward Israel in the Old Testament?
  • Do unsaved people in the church benefit from being in covenant with God?
  • What is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?
  • What do we mean when we say that the writers of Scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit?
  • How did the Holy Spirit and human authors work together in organic inspiration?
  • Was Scripture primarily written to God's covenant people?
  • Why is it important to know that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers?
  • What is the primary purpose of spiritual gifts?
  • What role should spiritual gifts play in the life of the church?
  • How can we discover our spiritual gifts?
  • What is the proper use and emphasis of spiritual gifts?
  • Can the Spirit give spiritual gifts that are not in the lists of gifts found in Scripture?
  • Do you believe that the miraculous spiritual gifts have ceased or that they continue today?
74 min.

Lesson 4: In the Believer

Looks at the Holy Spirit's work of applying salvation to individual believers.
58 min.

Forum 4: In the Believer

A companion video to lesson 4 of the same series that asks the following questions:
  • How is the Holy Spirit involved in our salvation?
  • What is the Holy Spirit's role in conversion?
  • What is regeneration?
  • Is regeneration solely an act of the Holy Spirit, or do humans play a part as well?
  • Why must the Holy Spirit make us aware of how sinful we really are?
  • Why are we incapable of pleasing God through our own efforts?
  • What does it mean that the Holy Spirit guarantees us an eternal inheritance?
  • What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • What do we mean by an inward leading of the Holy Spirit?
  • If the Spirit regenerates us at conversion, what does Scripture mean when it says that believers can grieve or quench the Holy Spirit?
  • What did Paul mean when he said that the Holy Spirit is at work in us to will and to act according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:13)?
  • Is sanctification solely a work of the Holy Spirit, or do believers play a role as well?
  • How does the Spirit intercede for us in our prayers?
  • How does the Holy Spirit enable us to persevere in the faith?
  • What will the future glorification of our bodies be like?
58 min.

Forum 4: In the Believer

A companion video to lesson 4 of the same series that asks the following questions:
  • How is the Holy Spirit involved in our salvation?
  • What is the Holy Spirit's role in conversion?
  • What is regeneration?
  • Is regeneration solely an act of the Holy Spirit, or do humans play a part as well?
  • Why must the Holy Spirit make us aware of how sinful we really are?
  • Why are we incapable of pleasing God through our own efforts?
  • What does it mean that the Holy Spirit guarantees us an eternal inheritance?
  • What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • What do we mean by an inward leading of the Holy Spirit?
  • If the Spirit regenerates us at conversion, what does Scripture mean when it says that believers can grieve or quench the Holy Spirit?
  • What did Paul mean when he said that the Holy Spirit is at work in us to will and to act according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:13)?
  • Is sanctification solely a work of the Holy Spirit, or do believers play a role as well?
  • How does the Spirit intercede for us in our prayers?
  • How does the Holy Spirit enable us to persevere in the faith?
  • What will the future glorification of our bodies be like?