January 2, 2022 – Pastor Mark Albrecht
Message Big Idea – The Holy Spirit is a person. His presence is a gift given by Jesus to His disciples. The Holy Spirit works in concert with Jesus and advocates, like a lawyer, for those he indwells. As we take time to learn to walk in submission, to trust and obey all He reveals, we discover that He is continuing the mission of Jesus in and through us.
DIG DEEPER >>
Reflect on the following sequence of questions. If you are doing this with others, share your responses with them.
LEAN IN >> Think about it.
- The Holy Spirit is our Advocate or Helper. When was the last time you needed help? Talk about the most recent occasion you needed someone with more skill, ability or knowledge to come to your aid and help you in a situation. (mechanic, doctor, carpenter)
LOOK DOWN >> Read the following passages and discuss or reflect on the the corresponding questions:
- Read John 14 (Read twice – ESV and either NLT or Message)
- The Holy Spirit has emotions. The Bible tells us that He feels delight, frustration, grief. Read the following verses and discuss how they relate to the emotions of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30, Acts5:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:19
LOOK OUT >> Connect the world of the Bible to our culture.
- The world cannot receive the Holy Spirit, another Helper, because it neither sees him nor knows him. John 14:17 Jesus was our first Helper. If the world did not receive him then it cannot receive the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is important to get to the point in our spiritual journey where we invite, on bended knee, Jesus to take His rightful place in our lives. In your experience, how do those in the world get to the point in their spiritual journey where they can accept the invitation of Jesus to make Him Lord? What part does John 16:8-11 play in this process?
LOOK IN >> Go straight to the heart of the matter.
- Jesus continues His presence in the world through the Holy Spirit residing in you. The Holy Spirit wants to reveal Jesus to your family, friends, and your entire circle of connections. Name two or three people in your life that do this well. How close of a relationship do you have with each of these people? Would they name you on their list?
- The Holy Spirit in me is better than Jesus with me is a paraphrase from John 16:7. What is your first reaction to this statement? How does meditating on this truth impact you? Think through how this thought might influence your daily life, your decisions, and/or your habits.
- We must be willing to follow through on whatever the Holy Spirit prompts us to do. This requires a posture of submission much like we would display to the best defense attorney when given counsel. When was the last time you felt the Holy Spirit lead you in a way that you needed to trust and follow His counsel?
LIVE IT OUT >> Put it into action.
- Read and pray the following Puritan Prayer this week:
O GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT,
Thou who dost proceed from the Father
and the Son,
have mercy on me.
When thou didst first hover over chaos,
order came to birth,
beauty robed the world, fruitfulness sprang forth.
Move, I pray thee, upon my disordered heart;
Take away the infirmities of unruly desires
and hateful lusts;
Lift the mists and darkness of unbelief;
Brighten my soul with the pure light of truth;
Make it fragrant as the garden of paradise,
rich with every goodly fruit,
beautiful with heavenly grace,
radiant with rays of divine light.
Fulfil in me the glory of thy divine offices;
Be my comforter, light, guide, sanctifier;
Take of the things of Christ and show them
to my soul;
Through thee may I daily learn more of his love,
grace, compassion, faithfulness, beauty;
Lead me to the cross and show me his wounds,
the hateful nature of evil, the power of Satan;
May I there see my sins as
the nails that transfixed him,
the cords that bound him,
the thorns that tore him,
the sword that pierced him.
Help me to find in his death the reality
and immensity of his love.
Open for me the wondrous volumes of truth
in his, ‘It is finished’.
Increase my faith in the clear knowledge of
atonement achieved, expiation completed,
satisfaction made, guilt done away,
my debt paid, my sins forgiven,
my person redeemed, my soul saved,
hell vanquished, heaven opened,
eternity made mine.
O Holy Spirit, deepen in me these saving lessons.
Write them upon my heart, that my walk be
sin-loathing, sin-fleeing, Christ-loving;
And suffer no devil’s device to beguile
or deceive me.