Week Four - The Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
This week you will study about the God who we worship and the way He expresses Himself in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
1. Read Mark 14:32-36. Notice the word Jesus uses for God. It is the Aramaic word "Abba." It was an intimate word and no Jew ever used it before Jesus to describe God. It was the word little boys and girls used for their daddies.
2. Read Romans 8:14-17 and Galatians 4:6. Do you see the kind of God we have and how we can approach Him?
3. Read Matthew 7:7-12. What does this specifically say about God's concern for you today? What things are you concerned about? What does God feel for you?
1. Read Matthew 16:15-16. Who is Jesus Christ?
2. Read Philippians 2:5-11. Our whole faith is built on the fact that Jesus came into this world from Heaven and gave His life for us. What does that tell you about such a One?
3. Read John 1:1-18. According to this passage, what is it that we find IN Jesus Christ? What does this mean to your personal life?
4. Read Isaiah 53:1-12. This prophecy was made about Jesus long before He came to the earth. Notice the things He went through for you!
1. Read Acts . When you were baptized into Jesus Christ, you received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Today and tomorrow we will look at some of the ministries of the Holy Spirit in your life.
2. Read John 14:16-27. Notice that the Spirit is the Spirit of Truth; He will be with Christ's disciples forever; He will live in them and be in them. What does this mean to your life?
3. Read John 16:5-14. The work of the Spirit involves convicting us of sin, righteousness and judgment. He does this through the Word: Read Ephesians 6:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and Hebrews 4:12-13.
1. Read Romans 8:1-17. What promise is made to you in verses 9-11? Write down some ways you can see this practically affecting your life.
2. In our lives we have been enslaved to various passions and desires. On our own we have no real power to break free from these. Read again verses 12-13. How do we put to death the misdeeds of the body?
3. Notice in verses 14-17 how the Spirit of God in us brings us into intimate relationship with God.
1. Read Romans and 2 Corinthians 3:18. What do these passages teach about our relationship to Jesus Christ?
2. Read 1 John 3:2-3. What is the "hope" referred to in verse 3?
3. Read Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 2:52; John 11:33-36. List at least three things that are found in Jesus Christ that you want to work on in your own life.
4. How would you respond to someone who might say, "Trying to be like Jesus Christ is an impossible dream? It can only frustrate you"?
Remember: Get help from an older disciple as you move deeper into this study. Let him or her check out what you are finding.
1. Read Hebrews 4:14-16. Write down what the statements made here about Jesus mean to your life.
2. Because of Jesus, we can approach Godís throne of grace with confidence. How does this understanding affect you right now at school, on the job, in the home? Write down the way it changes your attitude.
1. There may be some things that will happen in your life to make you wonder if God is for you or against you. Read Romans 8:28-39 to see the kind of God you now worship.
2. What are some things in your life that are difficult or threatening? Write verse 37 just as Paul says it and then write verse 38 substituting the things in your life that might interfere with your relationship to God. What role do you play in keeping this victory?