Jan 17, 2016, 8:16:52 AM from Victory Lutheran Church Mesa AZ on Vimeo.


“Who is the Holy Spirit?” – John 14:23-26 – Pastor Lerum

The Hebrew word for “Spirit” (ruach) is “breath.”

The Holy Spirit, however, has characteristics of a person.

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7

The Holy Spirit comes with a purpose.

He causes something to happen.

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” – John 14:26

God often uses the weak, inadequate, and ill-equipped.

When filled with the Holy Spirit, they become outstanding leaders.

“As [Samson] approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands.” – Judges 15:14


Study Questions:

1. What are some characteristics that the Holy Spirit carries as a person? See Acts 15:28; Acts 1:16; Romans 8:14; Ephesians 4:30.

2. The Hebrew word in the Old Testament for “breath” is ruach. Compare the breath of life in Genesis 2:7 to the breath of life that the Holy Spirit gives to churches and individuals?

3. The ropes fell off of Samson’s wrists and arms as he was filled by the Holy Spirit. What shackles or burdens of our life are or can be lifted by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives?

4. As God called Moses, Samson, Bezalel the artist (read Exodus 31:3-5), and others, they received the tools they needed when they were filled with the Spirit. Pick one and talk about the change that occurred and the job God had chosen for them.

5. What parallels do you see between the activity of the Holy Spirit in the Bible and today?