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Help Has Arrived! - John 14:15-18

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Someone said to me 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. Let’s drill down into the promise Jesus gave to His disciples in the upper room about the coming Spirit.

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Help Has Arrived!
John 14:15-18
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Someone said to me 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. Let’s drill down into the promise Jesus gave to His disciples in the upper room about the coming Spirit.
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20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly

20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly

Over 175 million people in the United States need some sort of vision correction. From glasses to contacts and corneal reshaping to corrective surgery, there's no question that seeing clearly improves people's quality of life. But what about our spiritual vision? With so many religious, philosophical, and ideological lenses to look through, how do we find the right lens? In this series, Skip Heitzig brings the core doctrines of Christian faith into clear focus. These are the truths that define who God is, who we are, and the choices that every person has to make.

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  1. The Spirit Is an Active Helper (v. 16)

  2. The Spirit Is a Similar Helper (v. 16)

  3. The Spirit Is a Permanent Helper (v. 16)

  4. The Spirit Is a Reliable Helper (v. 17a)

  5. The Spirit Is an Exclusive Helper (v. 17b)

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Connect Group Recap Notes: October 18, 2020
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Help Has Arrived!"
Text: John 14:15-18

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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.

  1. The Spirit Is an Active Helper (v. 16)
  2. The Spirit Is a Similar Helper (v. 16)
  3. The Spirit Is a Permanent Helper (v. 16)
  4. The Spirit Is a Reliable Helper (v. 17a)
  5. The Spirit Is an Exclusive Helper (v. 17b)
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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)
  • 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.
Practice

Connect 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?
  • With—calling and convicting
  • In—saving and sanctifying
  • Upon—equipping and evangelizing
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?

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

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Seeing Truth Clearly
2 Timothy 4:1-8
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Hiram Johnson said, "The first casualty in war is truth." God’s people have been in a cosmic battle since the fall. Satan’s first allegation against truth was in Genesis 3:1: "Has God indeed said...?" Deception regarding truth is Satan's primary occupation. We now live in what might be dubbed a post-truth culture wherein the very idea of absolute truth is considered archaic and even offensive. In this series, we will look to the "Scripture of Truth" (Daniel 10:21) to reinforce our foundation and engender biblical literacy. Here at the end of Paul's life, he could foresee the abandonment of truth, and he gave Timothy this antidote: "Preach the Word!"
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6/21/2020
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Seeing God as Father
Luke 11:2
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God is presented in Scripture by a variety of images. He is called our Rock, our Refuge, our Warrior, our Shepherd, our Shield, our Hiding Place, our Redeemer, our Fountain, our Husband, and our Vinedresser. But no motif is as powerful and personal as seeing God as our Father. With this title, the invisible God becomes the intimate God. Today, on Father’s Day, we consider the singular phrase "Our Father in heaven" as an introduction to the doctrine of God. Let’s turn over each word and mine the depths of the riches contained in this great verse.
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6/28/2020
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How Can I Relate to God?
Exodus 32-34
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The subject of God is the loftiest of all themes and the pinnacle of all pursuits. For some people, the idea of God is absurd because He is not readily perceived by the senses, like a flower or another person. But as we learn who God is and how perceptible He is to us, I think we’ll be both lifted up and humbled all at the same time. Today we trace the journey that every person must take who wants to relate to the God of the universe. Let’s examine five stages of this relationship.
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7/5/2020
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Biblical History: Fact or Fancy?
Dr. Steven Collins
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Dr. Steven Collins serves as the dean of the College of Archaeology at Veritas International University and a consulting research professor at Trinity Southwest University. He is also the director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan, which is believed to be the location of Sodom.
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7/12/2020
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Hello, I’m God!
Exodus 34:5-9
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People have written and spoken about God for millennia. It’s what I have done for nearly four decades. But today we get to hear from God Himself as He gives to Moses His own autobiography. Here He introduces Himself by stating His name and His occupation as God. He states His primary character traits, thus framing what our relationship with Him is going to be like. This is a primary passage of Scripture, meaning other biblical authors make reference to it later on in their writings. Let’s find out what God says about Himself.
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7/19/2020
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Knowing the God Who Knows You
Psalm 139:1-6, 23-24
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A person with knowledge can be intimidating. They spew facts and figures and can dizzy us with information and understanding. But rightly seen, a study of God’s comprehensive knowledge can be a source of great comfort to us. In this series, 20/20: Seeing Truth Clearly, we come to grips with the fact that God sees everything most clearly. His knowledge is vast, infinite, comprehensive, specific, and personal. But let’s observe how God’s omniscience can become inspiring rather than intimidating.
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7/26/2020
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Here, There, and Everywhere
Psalm 139:7-12
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One of the Beatles’ most melodic hits expressed a couple’s romantic desire to be together at all times and in all places and was simply titled, “Here, There and Everywhere.” This title also expresses a unique attribute of God (what theologians call an incommunicable attribute). He is everywhere present in the totality of His being! This may be one of the hardest-to-understand characteristics of God, but one that brings great comfort to us.
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8/2/2020
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The Unrivaled Power of God
Psalm 139:13-18
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God is called Almighty fifty-seven times in Scripture. It means that the resources of His power are boundless. He is unlimited in His ability and unconstrained in His capacity. God’s attribute of omnipotence is helpful for us to remember when we are feeling overwhelmed with threatening circumstances. Just as we feel confident when our mobile devices have plenty of battery power to spare, we can live confidently knowing that our great God has power for any of our problems.
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8/9/2020
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Holy, Holy, Holy!
Isaiah 6:1-8
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Holiness sounds scary. Thoughts of dusty, cloistered halls of a monastery fill our minds when we hear the word. We might think of chants and long prayers rather than anthems and short prayers. It hardly seems like an appropriate word for the twenty-first century! But according to one theologian, God’s holiness is the one attribute that binds all His other attributes together. This is the characteristic that most uniquely describes God. Let’s consider it today.
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8/16/2020
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One Plus One Plus One Equals One?
John 14:1-18
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One of the most fundamental yet challenging truths in Scripture is the doctrine of the Trinity. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Try to explain it and you might lose your mind, but try to explain it away and you might lose your soul. The Bible openly teaches the plurality within the Godhead—three persons who are distinct from one another yet perfectly One in essence. How are we to think about this? And how should it affect us personally?
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8/23/2020
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Pain: God’s Biggest Problem
John 9:1-7
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Perhaps the biggest impediment to believing in God (as stated by those who don’t) is the presence of pain and suffering in the world. How can there be a God who is benevolent and omnipotent with the sheer volume of grief, misery, travail, and torment at any given moment? Today we explore the theme of a loving God in a universe pockmarked by pain. As Jesus was in Jerusalem with His disciples, they came across a blind man. I’d like to show you four features of this most common and universal of human experiences.
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8/30/2020
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Christ Jesus Our Lord
Philippians 2:5-11
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At the very center of history’s stage stands Jesus Christ. He has no peers. The Father in heaven sent Him on the mission of redemption and He humbly surrendered. When it was accomplished, He conquered death itself by resurrection and returned to glory. In what is considered by many to be the greatest single statement about Jesus Christ in the New Testament, Paul succinctly framed His humiliation, His exaltation, and His example to us.
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9/6/2020
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The Atonement: His Death, Our Life
John 12:20-33
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Wasn’t there any other way for God to save human beings than by sending His Son to die? The very idea of a bloody crucifixion sounds brutal and barbarous to some, yet it is the centerpiece of our faith. What is the big deal about the atonement? Why the cross? Why had it been the plan of God through the ages? Today we examine the death of Christ for us and, in His own words, His own estimation of its necessity and consequence.
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9/13/2020
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He’s Alive! Proofs of the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
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Just as your own heart is the pump that brings life-giving blood to your entire body, so is the resurrection of Jesus that gives life to the gospel message. Without it, our faith would be totally useless; our message would be utterly powerless. The resurrection is also what separates Jesus Christ from every other spiritual leader and would-be messiah. It validates His teaching. It authenticates His claims. It substantiates His promises. And it corroborates our confidence in Him as our Savior and Lord.
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9/20/2020
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The Holy Spirit in the World
John 16:5-11
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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?
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10/11/2020
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Who Is the Holy Spirit?
John 16
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There can be a lot of mystery and misinformation surrounding the Holy Spirit. When we look to Scripture, however, the third person of the Godhead comes into clear focus. In this teaching, Nate Heitzig describes the person of the Holy Spirit, His work both at scale in the world and individually in the hearts of believers, and how He helps you gain a deeper understanding of God's Word.
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10/25/2020
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God’s Purpose for People
Genesis 1-3
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After spending several weeks considering God’s nature and character, we now turn to mankind. What is the purpose of the people inhabiting this planet? How can we fulfill the God-given destiny that He originally had in mind when He placed us here? Someone once said that the two most significant days in one’s life are first, the day we were born, and second, the day we discovered what we were born for. Let’s go back to the beginning.
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