(Message 3) Do you ever feel guilty? What about that thing you did… that person you hurt… that place you went… the images you saw? Should we just brush those things off or can guilt ever be a good thing? Join us as we look at how guilt, or God’s conviction, can be the key to open a door to truth and freedom in our lives.
“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. John 16:8-11
And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged. John 16:12-15
“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’ 2 Peter 1:20
Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
Troy talked about the Holy Spirit convicting him of pressuring people to make a stock purchase. Have you ever worked in a job or been in a relationship where God’s Spirit convicted you to end it? How did it turn out?
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
Read John 16:5-7. Why was it “best” that Jesus go away?
Read John 16:8-11. John mentions 3 words that God’s Spirit uses to bring us to faith in Jesus. What part did conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment play in bringing you to faith?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
Many churches today preach less about sin and instead teach a sort of therapeutic, moralistic theism. It’s more about what God can give us and how that makes us feel vs looking at the sin in our lives. Why is conviction of sin so important to salvation and sanctification?
What are you doing daily to be guided by the truth of the Holy Spirit?
In light of the Holy Spirit’s jobs of convicting us of sin, righteousness, and judgment, what is your role in the processes of:
a) seeing people (including yourself) come to a saving knowledge of Jesus?
b) of growing in faith as one set aside for God?
According to John 16:8-11, who is the judge? How should that affect your relationships with unbelievers? How can you become more sensitive to the Spirit’s leading in those relationships?
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
Troy talked about 3 ways that the Holy Spirit speaks to us, through the Bible, through people, and sometimes through impressions or circumstances. Commit as you go through this next week to read the Bible and as you do pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to you through His Word.
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Holy Spirit thank you that you speak to me and convict me through the Bible, people and sometimes through circumstances. I’m so grateful to have you as an advocate in my life. Help me to keep listening to you as you speak to me. -Amen