Read Acts 2:1-4, 4:23-41.

Both times, the mighty rushing wind came after they prayed, first for the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), then for the boldness to preach the gospel in the face of personal dangers (Acts 4). Throughout the book of Acts, we see prayer as an integral part of the disciples “tapping into” the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer isn’t a way to control the Spirit, but it is the way we connect with God and open ourselves up to the Spirit so He can use us.

What do you think is involved in opening ourselves to God?

Read John 3:1-8.

When we become believers, it is like being born again. Being made alive. We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). God doesn’t just breathe physical breath into us, He puts His Spirit within us (Ezekiel 37; Jeremiah 31). This is how we are “born again” of the Spirit (John 3). The Spirit not only brings eternal life in heaven, He brings life and vitality to our time here on earth.

What do you think is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s role in salvation?