Friday, January 15, 2016

Small Groups: Holy Spirit Within

The Holy Spirit Series

Lesson 2: Internally

This week at Small Groups we continued our series on the Holy Spirit by looking at what it means that God lives inside Christians and what difference that makes in our lives. Our passage for this was 1 John 2:24-29.
“So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us. I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true – it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. And now, dear children remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back form him in shame. Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children.” 
The Spirit is given to all Christians but we don't usually embrace the gift fully. We often do not use the gift of the Spirit fully or we under appreciate the fact that God dwells within us. Because of our sin we are unable to live consistent, Christ-honoring lives but the Holy Spirit is given to us as a gift to help guide us. Jesus knew that we were sinful people unable to live up to the standards God desires us to live to and so he gave us help. He sent the Spirit to live within us to give us the power and guidance to live better. The Spirit is power within us and we can use this power to glorify God.

Some of the questions we asked are listed below. Not all of the groups may have discussed these so some of them might be new to your teenagers:

1. Who has the Holy Spirit, and where does the Holy Spirit live? Why is this significant?
2. What percentage of this presence and power do you think you're using or using well? Explain.
3. Why can't we come to faith on our own or maintain that faith on our own?
4. Share some specific times you've relied on the Holy Spirit for help or to live out your faith.
5. What areas have you felt the Holy Spirit offering direction or guidance in your life? How can you be more aware of and open to that?

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