Main Idea: Baptism by the fire of the Holy Spirit ignites Christ-followers.
Introduction: John the Baptist explained that he was baptized with water for repentance but one would come who was greater than he who baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Discussion Starter: Have you ever known someone who has been baptized by the Holy Spirit? Pastor asks if we are settling for less in our spiritual lives. Discuss what this means to you.
Primary Scriptures: Hebrews 12:28-29, Matthew 3:11, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 4:31, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 13:52, Acts 19:2-6
What do we see happening over and over in the scriptures when the Holy Spirit comes upon the people? What does this look like in today’s culture?
Pastor discussed the division in the churches over the issue of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and how he hovered in the middle for a while. What is different about a church (group of believers) that embraces baptism by fire? Why is it hard for some to step into this type of belief?
Acts 13:52 describes the disciples as being filled with Joy as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Who doesn’t need more joy in their lives? Assess where you are in this process. Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Have you been baptized by the water in repentance? Have you been baptized by fire? Pray together and encourage your group to seek God’s understanding of where they are and what the next steps are for each member. Pray that the Lord shows you how to be His hands and feet as your group moves forward on this journey.
Suggestion: Break into small groups of 2 or 3 for this section.
Think about any fears you might have that hold you back or others from seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Join together in prayer asking for hedges of protection as you seek to grow in your relationship with the Holy Spirit, and encourage your fellow believers to do the same. Determine to pray for one another through the week. If there are specific fears or obstacles some are having, pray for confidence, faith, and strength to overcome in the name of Jesus.