By Michael C. Mack
What were the circumstances when your parents, a teacher, or some other authority told you, “I’m doing this for your own good”? Have you ever used this line with anyone?
Read John 16:4b-15.
How would Jesus’ departure be good for the disciples?
In what specific ways is it good for us today that Jesus died, was resurrected, and ascended to Heaven?
Compare what Jesus said the Spirit would do (or prove) in the world and what he would do in believers. Are there any similarities? What’s different?
How might you use this passage to demonstrate the nature of the Trinity—one God but working together in unity as three persons?
What would you say to someone who claimed the Holy Spirit prompted them to do something at odds with the teachings and examples of Christ or contrary to the Bible?
Pay close attention this week to how the Holy Spirit guides you into all truth. When you have difficult decisions to make, ask the Spirit to help you. Close in prayer, seeking the Spirit’s guidance.
Michael Mack leads church training events and consults with churches through his ministry, Small Group Leadership (www.smallgroupleadership.com).