Tuesday, December 31, 2013

LifeWay Explore the Bible Teaching Helps: January 5, Depending on the Holy Spirit

Helping believers depend constantly on the Spirit’s presence and power is the focus of LifeWay's Explore the Bible study this week.

As I prepared the teaching helps I thought about how important it was for Jesus to leave so the Holy Spirit could come. When He came, believers everywhere were given the blessing of having God with them.

As Jesus was God with us, so the Spirit is God with us! As Jesus poured His life into His disciples in His last days here, He paved the way for Holy Spirit to pour His life into all believers, everywhere.

Yet, knowing this, we forget so quickly that Holy Spirit is there to be our Counselor. -- The Greek noun Paraclete [PAR uh kleet] literally meaning someone who is “called alongside” to render help.  I have organized this week's study of John to help us communicate the importance of the Holy Spirit always being with us, standing beside us, rendering help as we live our Christian life.

The outline of John 15:26-16:15 has been tweaked to reflect this approach: The Holy Spirit is there, standing alongside of you . . . 
  • When your testimony meets hostility.
  • When sorrow fills your heart.
  • When you share Christ with others.
  • When more understanding is needed.
I suggest you review the following resources to help you prepare to respond to questions regarding the doctrine of the Holy Spirit:
I have also recommended some video clips and prepared a few PowerPoint slides as options:
I hope this study will encourage and remind you as it did me that, as Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans" (John 14:18).

Check out the rest of the study. I hope the teaching helps will enable you to make the most of your LifeWay Explore the Bible resources.

If you need training for your Bible study group leaders, check out the 4:12 Network.

If you need further information about my teaching helps, see the Explore the Bible tab.