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What is the Proper Day to Celebrate Easter?

aired November 19, 2019

Episode 317 Show Notes 

From the Show

We often associate the Holy Spirit with our own inner experience divorced of any ordinary human, creaturely means that God uses, the Holy Spirit uses to give us faith. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.” And then he confirms it in our hearts. He confirms that gospel in our hearts not just by speaking to us inwardly, though he certainly does that, but speaking to us by external, visible signs: baptism and the Lord’s supper. We need to stop thinking of the Holy Spirit as an impersonal force.

—Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. How do you understand the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? How is this different from being in the Spirit, which Paul seems to think every Christian experiences?

2. I have been getting into Church history. I have been reading about the council of Nicaea and I was struck by these church Fathers that as they were trying to hammer out all the theology about Christ they were also debating about the proper day of Easter. Is that important? Is this a matter left for local churches?

3. Were believers in the Old Testament indwelt with the Holy Spirit? 

4. Does the Bible have anything to say about “abusive husbands” in the ancient world?


 Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God's Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton


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