Independence Day! Freedom & Liberty in Power of the Holy Ghost!
A Bible Study by Rachael Hartman
Below is the Teacher’s Version of this Bible study. If you would like the student notes page (with fill in the blanks) and the answer page, please email me at Rachael.K.Hartman@owlofhope.com and I’d be happy to email you all of the documents.
Today is July 3rd. Tomorrow we celebrate our nation’s independence, but today and everyday you can DECLARE your INDEPENDENCE through the Power of the Holy Ghost!
2 Corinthians 3:12-18… Focus on verse 17
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
- When you hear the words “Holy Ghost” or “Holy Spirit” what do you think of?
Play Holy Ghost (3 minute official trailer – see link on this blog)
- Many people who hear the words “Holy Ghost” or “Holy Spirit” think of the titles “Father, Son and Holy Ghost,” but they don’t really know what that means.
The Holy Ghost, also called the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God, is how we refer to the way God interacts with us in a personal way, as well as how He works in the world today. The first mention of the Holy Ghost was in the Old Testament when God created the world.
Read Genesis 1:2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
- In the Old Testament, once people were living under the law, the Spirit of God remained behind a thick veil in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and the Temple. Later, read Exodus 25, the whole chapter (and surrounding chapters). Read verses 20-22 now.
God interacted with His people through an established set of laws, sacrifices, and special leaders called High Priests. Once a year the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies where God dwelled and put the blood of the sacrifice on the mercy seat as atonement for the sins of the people. The people’s sins weren’t forgiven – they were pushed forward one year.
Read Leviticus 16:14-16, “And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.”
Read Hebrews 9:1-3, 6-9, 11-15, 22 & 10:4, 12-23
Jesus was the fulfillment of the law. (Matthew 5:17-20 & Galatians 3:24)
4. When Jesus died on the cross the veil in the Temple was torn in two, signifying that all people (not just the High Priest once a year) had access to the Spirit of God. Read Matthew 27:50-51
Because Jesus died for our sins, we can have a personal relationship with God and be filled with the Holy Ghost!
3. Read Luke 24:34-40, 44-49… When Jesus ascended to Heaven he told his followers to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Promise of Father. They did… the story picks up in the book of Acts.
Read Acts 1:1-9. This is a repeat of what happened in Luke 24.
They obeyed and we read that part of the story in Acts 2:1-4. This is the first time we see the gift of the Holy Ghost – power from on High – being given to the believers. Just as Jesus promised (and as the Old Testament prophecy said), they received Power.
4. The first day the Holy Ghost filled Believers happened to be a holiday for the Jewish people. The holiday was called Pentecost and it was a huge celebration. Jews from all over the world were gathered together in Jerusalem. This was all apart of God’s plan. Because so many different people who spoke different languages were together in one place, the disciples were able to do just as Jesus said and be a witness unto all the nations—beginning at Jerusalem.
We see all the names of the countries and people listed in Acts 2:5-13. They didn’t know what was happening, so they assumed the disciples were drunk! Peter (who had the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven… the key to unlocking the door of heaven… the instructions on how to go to Heaven…) came and explained!
5. Read Acts 2:14-18. Read the verses Peter is referring to in Joel 2:28-29. In Acts 2:19-36 you can read the rest of Peter’s sermon. The people were so moved by how Peter explained who Jesus was and how He poured out His Spirit, they asked what they needed to do.
6. In Acts 2:38-41, Peter tells them exactly what they need to do to be saved. 3000 people were saved that day!
7. As you read through the book of Acts (which is named Acts because it is the actions of the Apostles) and through the rest of the New Testament, which are letters to the church (how to grow in God and continue in the faith), you will see the same pouring out of the Holy Ghost on people throughout the remainder of the Bible.
Just like Peter said in Acts 2:39, the Promise is unto all of us!
8. The day of receiving the Holy Ghost is a day of independence! When you are filled with the power of the Holy Ghost you have the power to overcome sin and to be a witness for Jesus!
Read Acts 19:1-6. Many believers today love the Lord, but they haven’t received this gift of the Holy Ghost yet. Are you ready to receive the Holy Ghost?
Play The Promise is Yours! video (10 minutes – see link on this blog)
9. If you want to receive the Holy Ghost, all you have to do is obey the Word of God and ask for this free gift!
10. Here are some steps that can help you receive the Holy Ghost:
1. Believe in Jesus – Place your trust in Him
2. Repent of your sin – it’s more than saying you are sorry, it’s turning away from sin
3. Forgive others who’ve hurt you – God will forgive your sins when you forgive others (Matthew 6:14)
4. Worship God – Spend time with God, pray and read your Bible. Enter into a time of praise and worship. Play worship music and spend time loving Jesus! Grow close to Him and release control of your life to Him! He will do the rest.
*Note: Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost is a powerful experience. You will feel different physically, emotionally and spiritually as the Power of God fills you. You may cry because the Spirit is so strong. Begin to speak out your praise and love to God. Soon your lips and tongue will start to shake under the power of God. You will know you are filled with the Spirit as you start to speak in a Heavenly language by the power of God, just as the book of Acts believers in Acts 2:4.