stephen murray

The Power of the Holy Spirit

stephen murray

Big Idea: Jesus ministered in the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is God’s empowering presence to enable us to grow into our salvation.

Starter Question:

If we were to look back at the timeline of your life, what was your funniest/most awkward growing up phase? Was it defined by a particular hairstyle? Clothing choices? Music or TV choices?

Providing Leadership:

Growing up toward maturity is often a clumsy, slow and at times painful process. Last time we talked about what it looks like for us to experience Jesus’s salvation and grow in this new family towards maturity.

Today we are going to focus in on the power source for that growth: The Holy Spirit! Jesus ministered in the power of the Holy Spirit, and he has given us the Holy Spirit as the powersource for our new life in Him.

[Personalize it] Have one of your leaders share about their family background, the positive and negative legacies and then a specific story or example of how the Holy Spirit has brought healing, restoration and new life in the way of Jesus. As you share this story you are both modeling for your group members what this looks like, and also setting the temperature for what should be a powerful night.

Discussion Question 1:

Does anyone else have a similar story they would like to share about how the Holy Spirit has ministered to them and helped them grow?

Read: Galatians 5:19-23

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
– Galatians 5:19-23


Here we see that the characteristics of the new family of Jesus grow in us as fruit of the work of the Holy Spirit. Tonight we are going to minister to one another in the power of the Holy Spirit. For some of us this might be new, and that is ok- our Lifegroup is a safe environment to learn and grow. No one has to share who doesn’t want to.

What we would like to do is have a member of our group share a bit of your family story, the positive and negative legacies that story left on you, and then we want to take time to pray and minister to you. As we minister we are going to pray and ask for you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Think of this as like a dry sponge being saturated water. Then we are going to take time to listen to the Lord and share prophetic words with you. It would be great if you could record these words on your phone as they could become dear treasures for you in the coming weeks and months.

Again, if you are new to this, or this terminology, you will get the hang of it as we go. Who would like to go first?


Our groups vary quite a bit in size, demographic, and maturity. Therefore you as the leaders will need to figure out how best to facilitate this, but we encourage you to go for it in faith and trust the Lord to minister in a powerful way. You will spend the rest of the evening taking time to do this, do as many people as seem interested in prayer ministry or as many time allows. If people don’t want to participate, feel free to let them move at their own pace.