Prepare for April 11, 2021

Weekly Gathered

Follow me.

 

The invitation offered by Christ to His disciples as recorded on several occasions in the gospel accounts.  Two words, which upon hearing, His disciples left homes, families, careers and in some cases riches to do just that, follow Him.  Three years later, they sat in confusion, shock and fear, when Jesus informed them that where He was going, they could not come (Jn 13:33).  To comfort His disciples, Jesus offered supernatural help in the form of “another Helper” (Jn 14:16).  In order for there to be another, we can deduce that there must be at least one other.  And if there is at least one other, we could then logically ask the question, “Who is it?”

 

As you prepare for our weekly gathering, please read John 13:31-14:31 and ask yourself these questions:

 

  • As Jesus responds to the disciples’ questions, it’s apparent that they don’t quite grasp what He is telling them.  Why do you think that is?
  • In John 14:12 Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” 
  • What “works” do you believe that Jesus is referring to?
  • How are 14:12-14 related to 14:15-17?
  • R.A. Torrey writes, “If we think of the Holy Spirit only as an impersonal power or influence, then our thought will constantly be, how can I get hold of and use the Holy Spirit; but if we think of Him in the Biblical way as a divine Person, infinitely wise, infinitely holy, infinitely tender, then our thought will constantly be, ‘How can the Holy Spirit get hold of and use me?’”
  • Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as “him” three times in verse 17.  When you think of the Holy Spirit, are you more inclined to think of Him as a person or as an entity?
  • How does this impact your daily walk?

 

See you Sunday!



[1] Torrey, R. (6 Oct, 2003). The Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit by R. A. Torrey. Retrieved from https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/torrey_ra/fundamentals/34.cfm