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The Holy Spirit Study Guide: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On


The Foundations small group DVD series helps Christians connect the truths of the Bible with the realities of their lives. Used and refined for years as an integral part of Saddleback Church’s discipleship program, this powerful, innovative resource is designed to correct the frequent disconnect between what we say we believe as Christians and how we actually live.

Tom Holladay and Kay Warren each teach two of the four sessions on the eleven small group DVDs. The corresponding ...

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The Foundations small group DVD series helps Christians connect the truths of the Bible with the realities of their lives. Used and refined for years as an integral part of Saddleback Church’s discipleship program, this powerful, innovative resource is designed to correct the frequent disconnect between what we say we believe as Christians and how we actually live.

Tom Holladay and Kay Warren each teach two of the four sessions on the eleven small group DVDs. The corresponding participant’s guides provides space for taking notes, lively discussion questions and focuses on a core truth of Christianity. Choose the topics you and your group wish to explore … and discover the key that can
• strengthen beliefs to change behavior
• lessen your day-to-day stress level
• increase your security in an insecure world
• help you raise your kids with a right perspective on life
• increase your love for and trust in God

Individual small group DVDs include

• The Bible
• God
• Jesus
• The Holy Spirit
• Creation
• Salvation
• Sanctification
• Good and Evil
• The Afterlife
• The Church
• The Second Coming

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310276760
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: FoundationsSeries Series
  • Edition description: Study Guid
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom and Chaundel Holladay have three children and two grandchildren and have served together at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, for over twenty years.

Tom, in addition to his pastoral leadership and weekend teaching ministries, is a part of Saddleback’s ministry of training church leaders around the world and produces a weekly podcast through the Bible at He is author of The Relationship Principles of Jesus and, with Kay Warren, Foundations: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On.

Kay Warren cofounded Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick Warren, in Lake Forest, California. She is a passionate Bible teacher and respected advocate for those living with HIV & AIDS, orphaned and vulnerable children, as well as for those affected by a mental illness. She founded Saddleback's HIV & AIDS Initiative. Kay is the author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough, Say Yes to God and coauthor of Foundations, the popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide. Her children are Amy and Josh, and Matthew who is in Heaven; she has five grandchildren.

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Foundations: Holy Spirit Study Guide
11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On

By Kay Warren Tom Halladay Zondervan
Copyright © 2008
Tom Holladay and Kay Warren
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-27676-0

Chapter One Session One GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT

Looking Ahead

1. What do you hope to get out of this small group study?

2. What image comes to mind when you think of the Holy Spirit? Scripture tells us that when we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, yet he is probably the most difficult person of the Trinity to understand. Our ideas about the Holy Spirit may be influenced by many factors, such as upbringing, media, or personal experiences.

Spend a few minutes describing your present concept of the Holy Spirit.

Key Verse

... let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. Ephesians 5:18b (NLT)

Bible Teaching Watch the video lesson now and take notes in your outline on pages 3-5.

Historical Background

In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came upon people at ___________________________ times for ________________________ purposes. He never indwelt anyone ______________________________________ .

"For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 1:5 NIV) For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (1 Corinthians 12:13 NIV)

Do we have to have an ____________________________________ to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit? No.

What Is the Role of the Holy Spirit Today?

The Holy Spirit _________________________________ me.

Definition: To give _______________________________________ .

He saved us. It was not because of any good deeds that we ourselves had done, but because of his own mercy that he saved us, through the Holy Spirit, who gives us new birth and new life by washing us. (Titus 3:5 TEV)

Before I came to Christ, I was __________________________________ . Now I am ____________________________ through the new birth.

"What gives life is God's Spirit; human power is of no use at all. The words I have spoken to you bring God's life-giving Spirit." (John 6:63 TEV)

Discovery Questions

1. How has the teaching you heard in this session helped you better understand the reality of the Holy Spirit? Has it helped you see him as God himself, rather than as a force or emotion of God? What difference does this truth make to you personally? 2. Look again at John 3:1-16. Why do you think it was so difficult for a religious man such as Nicodemus to understand spiritual rebirth? How do Jesus' words to him help you grasp what it means to be born of the Spirit?

Sometimes our religion keeps us from seeing what is truly spiritual. Religion has been called "man's attempt to reach to God." When our relationship with God is shielded by man-made rules and traditions, it is difficult to see what the Spirit is doing. Jesus encouraged Nicodemus to return to the simple truths, beginning with birth. He wants us all to realize that Christianity is God reaching out to man.

Did You Get It? How has this week's study helped you to see God's Spirit as a person with whom you have a relationship?

Share with Someone: Think of a person you can encourage with the truth you learned this week. Write their name in the space below.

Prayer Direction

Read together Psalm 51:10-12. Now, as a group, spend some time in prayer thanking God the Holy Spirit for his work in your life. Along with David, thank God for the Holy Spirit's presence in your life, making you a new creation. Let gratitude guide your prayers.

Truths about the Trinity 1. God relates to us as a Trinity, three persons in one being. 2. God is one; he is not three Gods, but one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). 3. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God. 4. The three are distinct from one another: separate, but one. LIVING ON PURPOSE Worship During your personal prayer times this week, focus on thanking God for the good things he has done in your life. It's all too easy to focus on how far we have to go in our growth as believers. We need to balance that out by focusing on how far we have come. You are not yet all you should be as a Christian, but you are also not what you used to be! Pay close attention this week to the Holy Spirit's work in you. Be ready to share any special insights with the group next time.


Excerpted from Foundations: Holy Spirit Study Guide by Kay Warren Tom Halladay Copyright © 2008 by Tom Holladay and Kay Warren. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
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Table of Contents

Small Group Roster
Foreword   Rick Warren     iv
Preface     vi
How to Use This Video Curriculum     ix
God, the Holy Spirit     1
The Role of the Holy Spirit     9
The Filling of the Holy Spirit     17
Being Filled with the Holy Spirit     25
Appendix: Theology of the Trinity     33
Small Group Resources     37
Helps for Hosts     38
Frequently Asked Questions     42
Group Guidelines     44
Circles of Life Diagram     46
Small Group Prayer and Praise Report     47
Small Group Calendar     50
Answer Key     51
Key Verses     53
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