When God's Spirit Moves Participant's Guide: Six Sessions on the Life-Changing Power of the Holy Spirit


Pastor and bestselling author Jim Cymbala explores the person and work of the Holy Spirit in this six-session small group Bible study that will bring a fresh sense of God’s power to your church and your life.

What happens when the Holy Spirit moves powerfully within a church? Through this six-session study you will learn how:
- To make room for the Spirit’s action in your ...

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Pastor and bestselling author Jim Cymbala explores the person and work of the Holy Spirit in this six-session small group Bible study that will bring a fresh sense of God’s power to your church and your life.

What happens when the Holy Spirit moves powerfully within a church? Through this six-session study you will learn how:
- To make room for the Spirit’s action in your life and in your church
- God wants to work through your gifts and talents to enable you to do what only he can do
- To listen for the voice of the Spirit in prayer and how to apply God’s Word to your life
- The Spirit can bring healing to your body, your emotions, and your relationships; how a life lived in the presence of the Spirit can transform the church and the world
- Your church can become a place where people regularly experience God’s presence and his power.

This Participant Guide is filled with helpful discussion starters, video overviews, a helpful Leader’s Guide and much more. It’s designed to be used with the companion When God’s Spirit Moves DVD (sold separately).

Sessions include:
1. Agent in the Shadows
2. Power Source
3. The Best Bible Teacher
4. Water, Wind, and Fire
5. Who’s in Control?
6. Help When We Need it Most
Appendix: A Long Night in Indianapolis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310322238
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 2/3/2011
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 819,955
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than forty years. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, The Church God Blesses, When God’s People Pray, Fresh Faith, and Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Cymbalas have three children and eight grandchildren.

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When God's Spirit Moves Participant's Guide

By Jim Cymbala


Copyright © 2011 Jim Cymbala
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-32223-8

Chapter One

Agent in the Shadows

Jesus: "I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."

(John 14:16-17)

Quick Question

If you were teaching a class of seven-year-olds and had to explain the Holy Spirit and what he does, how would you go about it? What words would you use for these children? What examples?

Video Teaching Segment


As you watch the session one video, use the following outline to jot down any ideas that stand out to you.

Church life badly needs the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was leaving?

The Holy Spirit gets inside us.

The early apostles and the Holy Spirit

Current misgivings about the Holy Spirit

What the Spirit does today

The Roma Black story

"The Christian religion is hopeless without the Holy Ghost."

Samuel Chadwick (1860–1932), Methodist leader and college president in England

Group Discussion and Bible Study

1. Think of someone in your life who fills the role of agent — your car or home insurance agent, for example. What does this person do? How is that similar to what the Holy Spirit does in relation to the Godhead?

2. Read John 16:5-16 aloud:

But now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, "Where are you going?" Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteous ness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteous ness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you. In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.

Here Jesus surprised his disciples by saying he would be leaving soon — and that would be a good thing for them. In what sense? If you had been present that evening in the Upper Room, would you have been convinced by Jesus' train of thought here? Why do you think Jesus said this?

3. Record what the following Scriptures say about things the Holy Spirit has done in our past.

a. John 3:5–8

b. Titus 3:5–7

c. Romans 8:5–6

"Some people say, 'I don't want to know about the Holy Spirit; I just go by the Word.' But the Holy Spirit wrote the Word and speaks a lot about himself there." From the video

4. Now record what the following Scriptures say about things the Holy Spirit wants to do in our present.

a. John 14:26

b. Romans 8:13–16

c. 2 Timothy 1:6–7

5. Think back to the Roma Black story. How did the Holy Spirit show up as Roma sat in the gangster's Mercedes?

6. How did the Holy Spirit show up when Roma went to his mother's church?

7. Pastor Cymbala says the church is meant to be "a Holy Ghost hospital." What does this colorful image evoke in your mind? What would that look like?

Are there times in your life when you feel the need to be a "patient" in such a hospital? Explain.

"No outward teaching can replace the inward power of the Holy Spirit." From the video

Closing Prayer

After you've watched the video segment of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing "I Need You Once Again," pray in any of the following directions:

Thank Jesus for sending his Spirit to live within us — we are not alone! Thank the Spirit for the things he has done for us in the past and is doing for us now. Be specific. Ask the Spirit to frequently remind us that he is at work in the world and ask him what we might do to be his agents of love, grace, and healing. Pray that every group member would yield themselves to the Holy Spirit's work inside them in the coming week. "Whatever God is doing in our world today, he is doing through the Holy Spirit. He has no other agent on this planet."

Fresh Power, p. 192


For Your Individual Use between Sessions

Pastor Cymbala talked about the effect of the Holy Spirit on a fisherman named Peter. Over this coming week, read (or skim) the following eighteen episodes from Peter's life. Jot down a one-line description of what each is about (see first example), and then give Peter a numerical rating (0-10) on how he's doing spiritually. In other words, to what extent is he fulfilling what God has in mind for him?

Scripture What's Happening? Rating (0 = pathetic, 10 = outstanding)

A Matthew 14:22–33 Walking on the lake

B John 6:60–69

C Matthew 16:21–23

D Matthew 17:1–8

E Matthew 26:31–35

F Matthew 26:36–41

G John 18:2–11

H Matthew 26:69–75

I Luke 24:9–12

J John 21:1–22


K Acts 2:14–41

L Acts 3

M Acts 4:1–20

N Acts 8:14–25

O Acts 9:32–42

P Acts 10

Q Acts 15:6–11

R Letters of 1 Peter, 2 Peter

Now transfer your ratings to the chart on the next page, in order to see the overall pattern. Put a dot on the grid to represent each rating for each episode in Peter's life. Connect the dots from left to right with a solid line.

What does this tell you about the Holy Spirit's effect on one ordinary person?


Excerpted from When God's Spirit Moves Participant's Guide by Jim Cymbala Copyright © 2011 by Jim Cymbala. Excerpted by permission of Zondervan. 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


Session 1—Agent in the Shadows....................7
Session 2 —Power Source....................19
Session 3 —The Best Bible Teacher....................31
Session 4 —Water, Wind, and Fire....................41
Session 5 —Who's in Control?....................51
Session 6—Help When We Need It Most....................63
Appendix—A Long Night in Indianapolis....................71
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