Come Holy Spirit
- 2.5 hours on-demand video
- 32 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Understand who the Holy Spirit is in the divine plan for transforming the human race and creation
Become more open to receiving and yielding to the guidance of the Spirit.
Discover which gifts of the Spirit you have been given.
- Recognize the fruits of the Spirit in your life and others’
- Ability to read and understand English.
- General familiarity with the Christian religion.
In his farewell address to his apostles, Jesus said:
I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away, the Counselor won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you (John 16:7).
That Counselor, or Advocate, is the Holy Spirit, who was sent by Jesus into this world at Pentecost in a new way to usher in a new age of spiritual transformation and service. Unfortunately, many people are relatively unfamiliar with the Person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. This course can help to provide a new and deeper appreciation for and openness to the Holy Spirit.
A few of the topics we will cover include:
What do we mean by “Spirit”?
The Holy Spirit and Original Blessing
Wounded Human Nature
The Holy Spirit and Conscience
Prophets and Promises
Jesus’ Teachings on the Holy Spirit
The Outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost
The Transformative Gifts of the Spirit
Opening to the Holy Spirit
Growing in the Holy Spirit
Fruits of the Spirit
And much more
Our learning process includes 15 videos (5 - 12 min.) with supplemental resources for each, including a PDF copy of Dr. St. Romain’s book, Jesus Alive in Our Lives. Reflection and discussion questions will be provided for individual and group use. Online questions and comments are also welcomed.
If you are interested in learning more about the Holy Spirit and becoming more open to this great Gift of God's loving power and creativity, this course is for you.
- Anyone interested in learning more about the the Holy Spirit.
- One who is interested in growing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- One who is interested in spiritual transformation
What was life like for the first humans -- before they broke right relationship with God? We will reflect on human nature as a composite of body, psyche and spirit, then review the meaning of concepts like original innocence and original justice. The Holy Spirit would have been the guiding force for these early humans -- a paradisal state of original blessing.
Why is there sickness, death, suffering, evil, environmental destruction, and so forth? This lecture reflects on the root of these problems, which is the loss of right relationship between God. We will described this wounded condition, and how it influences our openness to the Spirit, or lack thereof.
The age of the prophets lasted from about 1000 to 500 years before the birth of Jesus. During this period, the Holy Spirit moved these holy men and women to preach words of encouragement and admonishment to the people, to anoint kings, and to predict future events -- including the coming of a great kings who would restore the nation to greatness. Participants will review the times of specific prophets and key prophecies regarding the new age of the Spirit to come.
When the time for the fulfillment of prophecies had come, the Spirit of God brought about two miraculous births: John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth. This lecture describes the circumstances of their conception and the early years of Jesus. Participants will learn how the Spirit was at work during this time to bring forth Jesus, the New Adam, from Mary, the New Eve.
This lecture reflects on the Spirit working in the public ministry of Jesus. Participants will learn of many ways that the Spirit led Jesus and worked through him, including healing, miracles, teaching, prophecies and others. The new reign of God had burst forth into human history.
The first great outpouring of the Holy Spirit is described in the Acts of the Apostles. This presentation reflects on that experience, and how it transformed the lives of those who received it. We will also trace the movement of the Spirit from that time to the 3rd Century, when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
How do we open to the Spirit? Taking our cues from the New Testament, this presentation focuses on the dynamics of message, response and empowerment. Participants will consider different ways in which they encounter the Gospel message, the response of faith, and how this leads to empowerment by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit interacts with our human consciousness to move us to become more Christ-like. One way of speaking of this is the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are infusions of grace to help us know and love as Christ does. Participants will learn more about these Seven Gifts, and how they are manifest in the life of individuals.
Charismatic gifts (sometimes called "spiritual gifts") are empowerments by the Holy Spirit that enable individuals to do specific actions to build up the community. Participants will learn about different kinds of gifts, criteria for discerning gifts, and a general orientation concerning the pentecostal movement in Christianity.