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Jesus Said | Week 4: Another Advocate

Jesus walked amongst us. He was all man but yet all God at the same time. That is a mystery to us. While he was on the earth and in his human nature, he was limited by time and space. He needed to eat, drink and sleep. Because he limited his divinity, he was constrained by all of the basic biological and natural laws that we are accustomed to. The man Jesus Christ accomplished his task of saving us through his death and also fulfilled his promise that he would not leave us alone. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is now alive in us. The Spirit of Jesus brings life to our souls. We are certainly not alone.

 

READ Acts 2:38

 

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

Discuss the cause and effect that is found in this verse?

 

What is the importance of followers of Jesus receiving the Holy Spirit as a gift?

 

Read Acts 1:8. What is the power that Jesus is referring to?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read John 14:15-18

 

1. How does the Holy Spirit “help” us to keep his commands?

 

2. What is different about a believer’s relationship with the Spirit than an unbeliever? Why does it matter?

 

Read John 14:25-26

 

3. Based on this passage, what will the Holy Spirit do and what will he not do?

 

Read John 15:26-27

 

4. Why does Jesus add the qualifier, “whom I will send” when referring to the promise of the Holy Spirit?

 

5. What is important about the word and idea of “testify” in these two verses?

 

Read John 16:7-11

 

6. Do you think the disciples could make sense of how Jesus going away was a good thing?

 

7. The Holy Spirit will “prove” three important things to the world. What does “prove” mean? How does each of the three things impact the world and those who hear the Gospel?

 

Read John 16:12-15

 

8. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in revelation and truth? How does this remind us of the centrality of the Gospel?

 

9. Based upon the reading of all of these passages, what are some of the main themes Jesus wants us to know about the role of the Holy Spirit? Would you describe his role as limited and specific or broad and ever changing?