I thought I would start my first Bible study post on the one factor I credit for changing my life: the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a surprisingly controversial subject among Christians. Some, like the Pentecostals, believe the gift of the Holy Spirit (as evidenced by tongues) is for every believer. Others accept the existence of the Holy Spirit, but think speaking in tongues or prophesying is weird, outdated, and unnecessary. Still others say that the Holy Spirit was reserved only for the apostles of the Early Church and that any so-called “manifestation” of the Spirit, such as healing or tongues, is a demonic deception designed to lead believers astray.
What is the truth of the matter? We must turn to the scriptures to find out. Continue reading