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The Spirit of Wisdom: Sustaining Prayer and Bible Study

On Saturday evening of our 2019 Retreat, several brothers taught on different topics in a session entitled The Spirit of Wisdom. In the second session, Timothy Adams asked whether our times with God equip, strengthen, and refresh us. He then shared many practical lessons from his own spiritual journey that have helped him deepen his relationship with God.

The Holy Spirit (Pt. 3 of 3): Walking in the Spirit

In this third of three foundational lessons on the Holy Spirit, we build upon Old Testament stories (introduced in the previous lesson) to explore what it means to live a life that is led by the Spirit today. We review the Spirit’s role in leading the apostles to “all truth” and inspiring the Scriptures; and consider how Jesus urges us to pray boldly and persistently for (more of) the Spirit. The Spirit also calls us to live holy lives, as Paul calls us to avoid immorality because “our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit”. Finally, we consider the Spirit’s role in helping us toward one of the toughest challenges of all: the unity of all Christians.

Now I Call You My Friends (John 15:11-17)

Jesus, the Son of God, through whom the universe was made, opens the door in John 15 for everyone to become His friend. But what does it mean to be Jesus' friend?  What blessings did Jesus promise to give His friends?  And what did Jesus say was required to be His friend? This lesson answers these questions, and reveals how our friendship with Jesus is directly related to the effectiveness of our prayers, the depth of our love for others, and being saved at the end.  

Show Us the Father (John 14:7-14)

In this lesson we take a deep look at the relationship of the Father and the Son, addressing misunderstandings and providing analogies used by the early Church to help us understand the mystery of the trinity.  We also consider what Jesus might have meant when He promises we will do greater works than Him, a statement that should challenge the fruit of our lives. Finally, we consider what Jesus means (and does not mean) when He says “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

Developing a Strong Devotional Life (by David Bercot, PA Retreat)

One of the secrets of the Kingdom life is to work diligently on our hearts and inner life. During this talk at our retreat in Pennsylvania, David Bercot makes the case that a strong devotional life is the key to living a strong Kingdom life. With humor and candor, David shares lessons from his own prayer and devotional life, giving many practicals to help us develop our inner lives as individuals and families.   

See this attached list of devotional classics referred to in this lesson to supplement your devotional times with God. 

Secrets of the Kingdom Life (the book this lesson originated from)

The Spiritual War

If you feel like you are under spiritual assault, maybe it is because you are. In this practical lesson we pull back the curtain on the unseen spiritual battle for our souls, being waged by the forces of evil. Coming out of Ephesians chapter 6, we look at the spiritual war: the forces of evil arrayed against us, the protective armor God has given us, and the offensive weapons at our disposal.

Elisha, Pt. 7: The Blind See (2 Kings 6:8-23)

PDF of Lesson Notes

In this story, the Syrian army surrounds the city to take Elisha. There with his servant, Elisha works a tremendous miracle with an unexpected twist. This lesson looks at the theme of spiritual blindness and the love God has for his enemies.  

(For further study, see Those Who Are With Us from 2 Kings 6)