What is the Key to Spirit-Filled Preaching? (A Bible-Study)
Q: What do you think the key is to Spirit-filled preaching?
« I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. « But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. « He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. « All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.
Q. What is the Spirit’s name here? How is that different from Satan’s name? (John 8:44)
Q. As a Christian, do you have the Spirit in you? (see Ephesians 1:13-14)
Q. What does Jesus promise the Spirit will do for and in us?
1 Corinthians 2:12-16
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
Q. What does it mean to have the mind of Christ?
Q. What is something the Spirit has shown you from the Bible this week?
Q. Would a non-Christian (who does not have the Spirit) understand what you mean?
1 John 2:26-29
These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.
Q. Why is John writing?
Q. Who will teach the readers of his letter?
Q. How do we know we are born of God?
Q. Will the Holy Spirit teach us, if we are not living in righteousness? (see John 15)
2 Timothy 2:15-26
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some. Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, « The Lord knows those who are His, » and, « Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness. » Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
Q. How does Paul want Timothy to work? What is his primary job? What do you think it means to “accurately handle” the Bible?
Q. How will Timothy avoid shame? If he fails at this task, will he have cause for shame?
Q. What did Paul want Timothy to avoid talking about? What sorts of things would this relate to today?
Q. After what we have studied, what do you now think is the key, and the most important aspect of spirit-filled preaching?