RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT
Luke 11:9-13, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Luke 11:9-13
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

2 Corinthians 3:17-18
17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lordʼs glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Prayer to Receive the Spirit
Abba Father, I thank you for your Spirit’s presence in my life. But I need to experience you much more deeply. Breathe your breath on me so that I may bring new life to others. Release the power of your Spirit in my inner being, so that Christ may truly live in me. Show me people with whom I can learn how to become open each day to the presence of your Holy Spirit. I ask this in the name of Jesus, through whom you promised me your own Spirit. Amen. —Trevor Hudson

Questions for Group Discussion
1. Read Jesus’ words in Luke 11:9–13. Notice the growing intensity of asking, seeking and knocking. Are there any barriers, such as fear or doubt, which hinder you from asking for and receiving the Gift of the Holy Spirit?
2. Trevor Hudson enumerates how there are different outcomes of the Spirit coming alive in us. Review and talk about the different examples he gives. Which more closely parallels the Spirit’s work in you? Are there other fruit you would like to highlight as evidenced in your journey?
3. The witness of Bill Burnett and Francis MacNutt describe personal experiences in receiving the fullness of the Spirit. Do you enjoy a similar sense of joy and vibrancy of the Spirit to which they bear witness? Have you had similar experiences?
4. What are you learning about the Holy Spirit in these readings, messages, and group interaction? What would you like to see happen in your life and in Schweitzer, as a result of the Spirit’s actions?

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