Title and Topic
Discipleship Under the Power of the Holy Spirit
Romans 5:1-5 (God’s love poured out through Holy Spirit)
John 16:12-15 (Holy Spirit purveyor of Truth)
Up in Worship
What about the message, worship, or experience of Pentecost Sunday has caused you to praise God?
1. Where do people often place their hope in our world today? What are some common responses to disappointed expectations?
Read John 16:12-15
2. What does Jesus say about the work of the Holy Spirit to prepare the disciples for the shame of His cross?
3. In your own words, describe how the Holy Spirit guides people into all truth.
4. Why is it important that God’s people know the truth? (See also John 1:14,1:17, 4:24, 8:32, 8:36, 17:17, I John 3:18, I Timothy 3:15)
Read Romans 5:1-5
5. How does the reality of suffering cause people to doubt what they once thought to be true?
6. What has God given His people to remind them of the truth when reality calls it into question?
7. What does Paul know about suffering that encourages those belonging to the Lord Jesus Christ to rejoice?
8. How does the combination of subjective and objective truth—those facts demonstrating God’s love throughout history (6-8) and the personal experience of His love today—distinguish the hope of a Christian?
9. Which of your hopes, desires, or dreams have been disappointed recently? What did you learn through that experience of disillusionment?
Out in Mission
How should knowing and experiencing the love of a sovereign, merciful, and gracious God enable you to rejoice rather than complain in your difficult situation?
What could your joy communicate about the reality of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to the watching world?
How do these truths change your attitude about the trial you are undergoing?
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”