BPBC discussion session 10 Holy Spirit

The Big Picture Bible Course

Discussion Session 10 Holy Spirit and introduction to session 11 The Church

 

YouTube hymn – Holy Spirit, we welcome you

No 873 in our hymn book

 

Opening Prayer

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle within them the fire of Your love.

Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth.

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

Oh Holy Spirit, You are the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. You are the Spirit of truth, love and holiness, proceeding from the Father and the Son, and equal to Them in all things. We adore You and love You with all our heart. Teach us to know and to seek God, by whom and for whom we were created. Fill our hearts with a holy fear and a great love for Him. Give us compunction (an active conscience) and patience, and do not let us fall into sin.
Increase faith, hope and charity in us.
Make us faithful followers of Jesus, obedient children of the Church and a help to our neighbour. Give us the grace to keep the commandments and to receive the sacraments worthily. Raise us to holiness and lead us to everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

687 …Those who believe in Christ know the Spirit because He dwells with them.

John 14: 17

 

689  It is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals Him.

 

The Holy Spirit shows us Jesus.

We come to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit.

 

 

Let’s have a look at that first Pentecost.

Acts 2: 1-12 and 37-41

At what point is the Church born?

  • In the upper room
  • When they go out into the street
  • When they preach the word
  • When people respond to the word
  • Are these all links in a chain

 

What enables this to happen?

What transforms fearful disciples into bold witnesses for Christ?

 

 

The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5: 22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

 

How do we feel about the fruit of the Spirit?

comfortable/uncomfortable

desirable

worth having

 

 

The Gifts of the Spirit

Isaiah 11: 2 – The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.  His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

  • wisdom – knowledge
  • understanding – piety
  • counsel – fear of the Lord
  • fortitude

 

How do we feel about these gifts of the Spirit?

 

 

 

 

 

Now let’s look at the gifts of the Spirit mentioned by St. Paul in

1 Corinthians 12: 4-11

  1. a word of wisdom
  2. a word of knowledge
  • faith
  1. healing
  2. working of miracles
  3. prophesy
  • discernment of Spirits
  • tongues
  1. interpretation of tongues

 

How do we feel about these gifts of the Spirit?

The list in Isaiah is a bit tame compared with Paul’s list.

 

I suppose we have to remember that the gifts or charisms are for a purpose.

ccc 799 – Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up to the good of men and to the needs of the world.

 

A note about tongues

 

Tongues can cause people some problems.

It is important to realise that there are two kinds of tongues:

  1. A message given in tongues (unintelligible language) which is interpreted by another member of the congregation. It is a particular gift given to some.
  2. Tongues which are a personal prayer language and give praise to God. It is a universal gift, potentially given to all.

 

St Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians refers to tongues as a gift to be exercised with caution as worship in the Corinthian church was becoming chaotic.  1 Corinthians 14: 4-5, 18-19 & 39-40

 

Paul says “strive for the higher gifts”, 1 Cor 12 vs 31, remembering that they are to build up the church, 1 Cor 12: 27-31.

 

The twelfth chapter ends with “I will show you a still more excellent way”, and then we are into chapter 13 and that great passage about love (a fruit of the Spirit).

That is to say that the more excellent way is love.

 

 

In summary so far the Holy Spirit

  • Convicts us of sin leading to repentance and reconciliation
  • Shows us Jesus
  • Gives us consolation
  • Dwells within us
  • Bears fruit
  • Gives us gifts to build up the Church

 

1 Cor 6: 19 – Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God.

 

We receive the Holy Spirit at baptism.  John 3: 3-5

And we continually look to the indwelling and outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

 

Jesus, having risen, ascends to heaven in order to send the Holy Spirit.

John 16: 7, 15: 26 & 14: 25-26

 

As it says in the Creed

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who has spoken through the prophets.

 

Jesus in human form was only able to be present in one place at a time; through the Holy Spirit Jesus is able to be present always and everywhere.

In the mass Father Eddy asks God the Father to send his Spirit to change the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, making Jesus present wherever mass is said.

 

As St Peter said in Acts 2: 16-18

“This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; yes, and on my menservants and maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit and they shall prophecy.”

 

 

 

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Big Picture Bible Course Session 10 Holy Spirit

The Big Picture Bible Course

Discussion Session 9 Resurrection and Introduction Session 10 Holy Spirit

The Mystery of Faith

Save us, Saviour of the World,

for by Your Cross and Resurrection

You have set us free.

 

Opening Prayer

  1. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
  2. And kindle in them the fire of your love.
  3. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
  4. And you will renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray

O Risen Lord,
the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
Make us faithful followers of the spirit of Your Resurrection.

Grant that we may be inwardly renewed,
dying to ourselves in order that You may live in us.
May our lives serve as signs of the transforming power of Your love.

Use us as Your instruments for the renewal of society,
bringing Your life and love to all,
and leading them to Your Church.

Be the resurrection and the life in the life we share and the fellowship we enjoy, that filled anew with the wonder of your love and the power of your grace, we may proclaim your resurrection life to a world in the grip of death and yet on the verge of redemption, a redemption promised by you and assured by what occurred on that first Easter morn.   This we ask of You, Lord Jesus,
living and reigning with the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever.  
Amen.

Prayer borrowed from

http://resurrectioncatholic.church/resurrection-prayer/

and

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/aprilweb-only/resurrectionprayer.html

Before we start here’s a little message from the Monty Python team.  In aknowledgment that over the past few weeks we seem to have stepped up a gear or three in our bible studies.

I hope your brain only hurts in a good way.

Discussion and Sharing

 

DVD – Holy spirit

Read the overview and then we’ll watch the DVD.

Good Digging

Jesus raises the dead.

Luke 7: 11-17  The son of the widow of Nain

Matthew 9: 18-26,  Mark 5: 21-43  The daughter of Jairus raised to life

Luke 11: 1-44  Jesus raises Lazarus  (and him 3 days dead)

Jesus foretells his death and resurrection

Matthew 16: 21 & 17: 22-23

St Paul says

Romans 6: 8 – Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

Jesus says

Revelation 1: 18 – I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

And a verse I always find reassuring

Numbers 23: 19 – God is not a man that he should lie.
Song to finish “Majesty”

BPBC Session 8&9

The Big Picture Bible Course

Discussion of  Session 8 – New Life and Introduction to Session 9 Resurrection

Opening Prayer

  1. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
  2. And kindle in them the fire of your love.
  3. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
  4. And you will renew the face of the earth.

Let us Pray

Oh Christ Jesus, Our Lord Our God, Our Holy Redeemer, Our Saviour.
I thank you for this day, For your infinite Love,
Your forgiveness of sin, Your Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Our Redemption and Salvation.
For our Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary,
For Your saving Grace,
And all your gifts of Love
Amen.

Prayer of thanks to Jesus (Anonymous)

Discussion and Sharing

 DVD – Resurrection

Read the overview and then we’ll watch the DVD.

Good Digging

Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)

CCC 521 – Christ enabled us to live in Him, all that He Himself lived, and He lives it in us.  “By His Incarnation, He, the Son of God, has in a certain way united himself with each man.”  We are called only to become one with Him, for He enables us as the members of his Body to share in what He lived for us in His flesh as our model.

Claude’s musings

Last week when we looked at the cross we saw all that Jesus had done for us.  This week we are looking at the New Life which Jesus calls us to and makes possible for us.  The question is how are we to live this life?

Here is a familiar verse from the Amplified Bible (which is a bit like a thesaurus bible).

John 3:16 – For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

I like the way the Amplified Bible expands the word “believe” into “trusts in, clings to, relies on” which reminds me of the image of Christ with the words “Jesus, I trust in You” given to St. Faustina.

This is a very good summary of how we are to live this life.

Jesus, I trust in You.”

 The Church is also our great help in this.  The sacraments prepare us and sustain us for the journey.  The sacrament of reconciliation calls us back to Christ and we receive Him in the Eucharist.  The Holy Spirit is our constant companion.

Enough words, just: believe in, trust in, cling to and rely on Him.

The Big Picture Bible Course – Sessions 7 – The Cross and 8 – New life

The Big Picture Bible Course

Discussion of  Session 7 – the Cross and Introduction to Session 8 New Life

Opening Prayer

  1. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
  2. And kindle in them the fire of your love.
  3. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
  4. And you will renew the face of the earth.

Let us Pray

Oh Christ Jesus, Our Lord Our God, Our Holy Redeemer, Our Saviour.
I thank you for this day, For your infinite Love,
Your forgiveness of sin, Your Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Our Redemption and Salvation.
For our Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary,
For Your saving Grace,
And all your gifts of Love
Amen.

Prayer of thanks to Jesus (Anonymous)

 

As the DVD session on the cross puts it all so well, let’s have another look at it before entering into our discussions.

Discussion and Sharing

Hymn books and visual aids are available

 

DVD – New Life

Read the overview and then we’ll watch the DVD.

Good Digging

 

When I was catching up on the Incarnation, after being on holiday, I came across this little snippet.

Verbum Domini – Benedict XVI

  1. The patristic and medieval tradition, in contemplating this “Christology of the word” employed an evocative expression: the word was “abbreviated”… The Son himself is the word, the Logos: the eternal word became small – small enough to fit in a manger. He became a child, so that the word could be grasped by us.  Now the word is not simply audible:  not only does it have a voice, now the word has a face, one which we can see: that of Jesus of Nazareth.

 

All that God has for us, wants to show us, wants to do for us, is there in Christ – abbreviated.

 

The Cross

When we contemplate the crucifixion we can see the suffering of Jesus on the cross and the magnitude of what he has done for us.  We must not forget that it is also a triumph and that Jesus is raised up.

 There are many scriptures about this:

Isaiah 52: 13  See my servant will prosper, he shall be lifted up, exalted, rise up to great heights.  All of chapter 53 is worth a read as well.

John 3:13-14  No one has gone up to heaven, except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven, and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.   (Numbers 21: 4-9 & Wisdom 16: 5-7)

Acts 2: 23-24 & 32-33

Psalm 22, which Jesus quotes from on the cross, also ends on a note of triumph.