John 16:7 “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”
The Process :
Do we live in the reality that Christ sent “the Helper” and that He told us this would be to our advantage?
What are some ways that our lives may change if we lived in the reality that God was actively at work and that He has gone before us (Ephesians 2:10)?
Read the Moment:
In my life right now, am I trying to live it on my own?
Is there a discrepancy between what I say “God is with us” and how I live “I will do it myself”?
Reflect on the Moment:
What are some areas in my life that I have a hard time trusting the Helper?
What situations cause me to try to do things in my own power or make me feel as though I am all alone? What may cause me to doubt that the God is here and at work?
Respond to the Moment:
What are some practical, simple things that I can do to remind myself that God has given me the Holy Spirit, our Helper?
What are some ways that I can prompt myself to choose the way He has prepared instead of trying to force my own way?
Week 1 : How have I seen the hand of God at work in my life this week?
Week 2: How can I encourage someone in the work of God in their lives?
Week 3 : What may be some areas that are emerging as a pattern where it is hard for me to trust in God’s work? What are some Biblical truths that can remind me of His promise?
Week 4: As I look back over this month, How has God been at work? How has He prepared the way?
Setting the Table
Opener: What goes through your head when you read John 16:7 “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”
Main: What do you think He means by giving us a “Helper”? What does/could that look like?
Closer : How can we as a group encourage one another when it is hard to see that there is a Helper?