Connect Group Recap Notes: October 18, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Help Has Arrived!"
Text: John 14:15-18Path
Someone said this past week, "Life is hard, but God is good!"
We all know it's true. To live for God in an ungodly world is challenging, sometimes daunting. But God never intended for us to try it alone! He has provided for us a Helper, the Holy Spirit, who is not only at work in the world around us but is very busy working inside of us. In this teaching, Pastor Skip drills down into the promise Jesus gave His disciples in the upper room about the coming Spirit.
- The Spirit Is an Active Helper (v. 16)
- The Spirit Is a Similar Helper (v. 16)
- The Spirit Is a Permanent Helper (v. 16)
- The Spirit Is a Reliable Helper (v. 17a)
- The Spirit Is an Exclusive Helper (v. 17b)
The Spirit Is an Active Helper (v. 16)
- Many Christians need help but don't ask for it, unaware they can ask the Holy Spirit.
- We can't do anything of eternal value without the Holy Spirit's help.
- Lloyd John Ogilvie said, "Sadly,many Christians settle for two-thirds of God…. The Holy Spirit is some kind of vague force or impersonal power they hear about but do not know intimately."
- Jesus told the disciples He'd be leaving; they felt helpless. Jesus assured them help was on the way.
- Out of all the ways the Spirit is described in Scripture, Jesus chose to call Him the Helper, meaning one who comes alongside and assists.
- The term is associated with a counsel for defense, helping plead a case.
- Walking and being fruitful in God's kingdom requires royal help—the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit Is a Similar Helper (v. 16)
- Jesus called the Spirit "another Helper." This means "another of the exact same kind."
- Jesus was saying there is another person coming who is like Himself—a helper, friend, and counselor.
- Just as Jesus helped His disciples, so the Holy Spirit helps us: in prayer, in learning about God, and in equipping and empowering us for God's work.
- We need the Father for external life, Jesus for our eternal life, and the Holy Spirit for our internal life, strength, comfort, and joy.
The Spirit Is a Permanent Helper (v. 16)
- We have a person who comforts, counsels, and prays for us 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Yes, we can grieve and quench the Spirit, but He's with us for the long haul.
- Unlike in the Old Testament, where the Spirit could leave a person (see 1 Samuel 16:14; Psalm 51:11), in the New Testament, He's with us from salvation through eternity.
- In verse 17, Jesus stated the Spirit dwells with us and will be in us.
- The Spirit was with us before salvation, calling and convicting us.
- The Spirit comes in us at the moment of salvation, taking residence in our life.
- The Spirit is upon us as believers, empowering us to do His work.
- Instead of asking, "How can I get more of the Holy Spirit?" we should ask, "How can the Holy Spirit get more of me?"
The Spirit Is a Reliable Helper (v. 17a)
- Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Spirit of truth (Greek alétheia).
- The Spirit can't lie and will never lead you toward untruth.
- Thus, a person filled with the Holy Spirit is filled with holiness and truth.
- The Spirit is comparable to revealed truth—the Bible, the truth that leads to life (see Daniel 10:21; Isaiah 8:19-20).
- The truth will be a balanced truth, not emphasizing one aspect over something else.
- We need to get a firm grasp on God's revealed truth, allowing the Holy Spirit to illuminate and lead us in a harmonious vision of God's truth.
The Spirit Is an Exclusive Helper (v. 17b)
PracticeConnect Up: Further discuss the unique roles of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer using the three prepositions explained by Pastor Skip. How is each preposition vital for eternal life with Christ?
- Jesus said that "the world cannot receive" the Spirit, because the unbeliever "neither sees Him nor knows Him" (see also 1 Corinthians 2:14).
- The Holy Spirit is an exclusive resident of the believer.
- Much like a TV or radio is needed to pick up signals or waves in the air, the Spirit is God working in people who've received Him.
- Paul told Christians to be "filled" with the Spirit (see Ephesians 5:18).
- The idea is to be under the Holy Spirit's influence, connected to His wavelength, hearing from Him, and allowing Him to lead.
- Christians need the Holy Spirit like a glove needs a hand. A glove can't fulfill its intended purpose until it is filled with what it was designed to work with: a hand.
- In Ephesians 5:18, to be filled means we need to be constantly filled with the Spirit. Why? Because we leak. We lose sight of the Spirit's will for us.
- The Holy Spirit comes after us to make us saved, into us to make us sanctified, and upon us to make us supercharged.
Connect In: How has the Holy Spirit led you in discovering God's truth, whether that's in specific revelation (the Bible) or general revelation (creation)? Has He ever provided comfort or counsel in a difficult situation?
- With—calling and convicting
- In—saving and sanctifying
- Upon—equipping and evangelizing
Connect Out: Jesus stated that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (see John 16:8). How can these three things act as a template for evangelism? Consider these points:
- Calling a person to repent and turn to Christ
- Highlighting God's righteousness and truth
- Informing them of future judgment