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Big Questions: What are the ‘Gifts of the Spirit’?

And are they still used today?

Christians believe in a ‘Triune God’ – that is one God that has three parts, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

The Bible talks about one  Holy Spirit as the one who is sent by God to help Christians live their lives in a way that pleases God. But what does this mean in reality? And what are the ‘gifts’ that the Bible says He brings?

In this film, Mark and Sarah explore some of the Bible’s teachings on the Holy Spirit and share their own understanding of what this means to them as Christians today.

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