Message Title: Greater Works, Greater Power
Series: The Last 24 Hours
John 14:12-1; John 16:7-8; Acts 1:8
Jesus teaches that the Holy Spirit:
- Is not an it, but a He. (John. 14:15-17)
- Is sent to help. (John 14:16)
- Is sent to come alongside us with power. (Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 1:7)
- Is sent to teach and help us remember Jesus’ words. (John 14:25-26; 2 Peter 1:21)
- Is sent to personally unite us back to God. (John 14:16-20)
Separation and Re-unification
- At the fall, mankind became spiritually dead and separated from God. (Genesis 2:7)
- In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit abided with mankind and His power fell on some, but the Holy Spirit never abided in (John 14:17)
- The Holy Spirit came after the cross because the Holy Spirit is holy. (John 16:7-8)
- Jesus paid it all for us on the cross and paved the way for the Holy Spirit to dwell inside us once again. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- The Holy Spirit comes in you by faith when you accept Jesus. (Ephesians 1:13)
Follow-up Questions from Sunday’s Message:
Getting to Know You:
Who was your favorite teacher growing up and why?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
- Read John 14:15-17, 25-26; John 16:5-14. What do you learn about the Holy Spirit from these verses? In what ways has He been sent to come along side us and help us?
- Read John 14:16-18; 1 Corinthians 6:19. When you think about the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, how does it make you feel? How do you think it should make us feel?
- Read Ephesians 5:15-18. What do you think are the differences between the indwelling and the filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
- Read Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 1:7; Galatians 5:16-26. If the Holy Spirit is power in the believer’s life, then why do you think that so many believers don’t experience His power in their lives?
- When was the last time you felt the power of the Holy Spirit in your life?
- Read Acts 1:8, 4:5-12? What is the primary purpose of the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives? Have you ever experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in your life when you were sharing Jesus? Please share.
- Jesus tells His disciples the night before He died, that it was good for Him to go because He was sending the Holy Spirit into our lives. He is sent here to come along side us in our journey with Jesus. As you reflect back on your life, how have you seen the Holy Spirit help you?
Taking it Home:
What is one thing you can apply to your life from this message and how can this group remember you in prayer this week?