SERIES: 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly
MESSAGE: The Holy Spirit in the World
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: John 16:5-11

MESSAGE SUMMARY
We are not alone in the universe! That’s the premise of most sci-fi documentaries, but I’m not referring to alien life from another galaxy, rather to the living God Himself. In particular, I am referring to the Holy Spirit. He has a particular role when it comes to working in this world, and that is to awaken people to their great need for Christ. In our series 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly, we will turn in the next few weeks to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. What is His role in the life of the unbeliever and the life of the believer?

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap Notes: September 20, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Holy Spirit in the World"
Text: John 16:5-11

Path

We are not alone in the universe! That's the premise of most sci-fi documentaries, but in this message, Pastor Skip wasn't referring to alien life from another galaxy, rather to the living God Himself. In particular, he was referring to the Holy Spirit. The Spirit has a particular role when it comes to working in this world, and that is to awaken people to their great need for Christ. We'll turn in the next few weeks to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. What is His role in the life of the unbeliever and the life of the believer?

  1. His Presence Is Needful (vv. 5-7)
  2. His Pressure Is Unmistakable (vv. 8-11)
  3. His People Are Instrumental (v. 7)
Points

His Presence Is Needful (vv. 5-7)His Pressure Is Unmistakable (vv. 8-11)His People Are Instrumental (v. 7)Practice

Connect Up: What do the three persons within the Godhead have in common? Here are some points to get you started: free will, love, essence, and purpose. What other characteristics can you think of? Take time to read the Athanasian Creed below, an early statement of faith. What do you learn about the Holy Spirit from this creed?

That we worship one God in trinity and the trinity in unity,
neither blending their persons
nor dividing their essence.
For the person of the Father is a distinct person,
the person of the Son is another,
and that of the Holy Spirit still another.
But the divinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one,
their glory equal, their majesty coeternal….
The Father is eternal,
the Son is eternal,
the Holy Spirit is eternal.
And yet there are not three eternal beings;
there is but one eternal being.
So too there are not three uncreated or immeasurable beings;
there is but one uncreated and immeasurable being.
Connect In: Every Christian is the result of the Spirit's work of convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. How did the Holy Spirit convict you of your need for Christ? Did you resist or surrender immediately? If you resisted, how did the Holy Spirit act as a hound of heaven, not letting you off the hook in reminding you of your need for Jesus?

Connect Out: As Pastor Skip reminded us, Christians work in tandem with the Holy Spirit. Is there someone the Spirit may be leading you to love, show compassion to, or share the gospel with this week? Why do you believe you are being led? What are the signs or feelings? Take time to pray for this person.

OUTLINE


  1. His Presence Is Needful (vv. 5-7)

    1. Jesus Would Be Leaving

    2. The Spirit Will Be Leading

  2. His Pressure Is Unmistakable (vv. 8-11)

    1. He Convicts the World of Sin

    2. He Convicts the World of Righteousness

    3. He Convicts the World of Judgment

  3. His People Are Instrumental (v. 7)

    1. He Works In Tandem with Us

    2. We Witness In Tandem with Him


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