The Blessed Comforter

The Blessed Comforter

Read John 14:15-27

Ice Breaker Question:

When do you experience Hygge? What makes you calm and feel comfort? [Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.]

How have you personally experienced the comfort of the Holy Spirit?

Spirit of Truth- John 14:15-17

  • Why does Jesus call the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Truth?What does that mean?
  • Why don’t people that don’t believe, see what believers see?
  • Why is it important to rely on the Holy Spirit to inform our reality and truth?

Spirit of Adoption- John 14:18-21

  • Why does Jesus reassure his followers that he isn’t leaving them as ‘orphans’?
  • Why is it important that the Spirit brings to remembrance of our adoption? How does this help us pray?

Spirit of Peace- John 14:22-27

  • What does Jesus mean that he will make his home with us?
  • Why kind of peace that Jesus leave with his followers?

Final Thoughts

  • What are the implications for you personally tonight?
  • What are the implications for Golden City Church?
  • What are the implications for those we want to reach? (or When might you -talk about this section with an unbeliever?)

The Son of Man: Luke 19:1-10

THE SON OF MAN

Sunday’s Sermon Overview

Read Luke 19:1-10

 

The Four Gospels are beautiful and intentional in their approach to Jesus. Looking at the different perspectives and vistas of who Jesus we must pay attention of the totality of Jesus and his Greatness.

 

The Gospel of Luke portrays Jesus as the Son of Man. The Son of Man is meant to invoke two meanings. First, Jesus as a human experiencing life as a real man. Second, as a title of position as the second Adam. Jesus not only experiences life as a human, but also comes to save humanity by paying the debt of man's sin. 

 

Sunday's sermon focused in on a passage that shows the Son of Man's mission and his meeting of Zacheus. 

 

1. How has the Spirit spoken to you through this section of God’s word?

 

2. Do we have any questions? (or How would we summarize the message of this section or story?) Before we move on: Do we understand the passage? What is God telling us?

 

SUNDAY'S SERMONS THREE POINTS:

 

Meeting Jesus is Humbling

 

Why was Zacheus' experience of meeting Jesus humbling?

 

Why is meeting Jesus a humbling experience?

 

Meeting Jesus is Transforming

 

How was Zacheus transformed?

 

Why would meeting Jesus be a transformative experience?

 

MEETING Jesus is Costly

 

How was Zacheus meeting with Jesus costly?

 

What is the Son of Man's mission?

 

3. What are the implications for us personally? (or How does this section speak to your heart or life?) Before we move on: Have we realized the personal implications? What are we going to do about what God is telling us?

 

4. What are the implications for our gospel community? (or When might you talk about this passage with a Christian?) Before we move on: Do we understand the implications for us as a Gospel Community?

 

5. What are the implications for those we want to reach? (or When might you talk about this section with an unbeliever?) Before we move on: Do we recognize the missional implications for those we want to reach for Christ?

 

6. What gospel motives does this section give? (or How should this section shape our love, hope, fears, or desires?)

Love that Lasts

Questions:

 

As the great line of one of John Denver’s songs puts it, “If love never lasts forever, then what’s forever for?” What is eternity for? For agape and nothing else. Eternalize anything else and you spoil it. Even the natural loves eventually spoil. Affection becomes cloying. Eros becomes a drug requiring ever-increasing doses of perversions to ward off the boredom. Even friendship finds rocks to founder on, for though its sea is immense, it has shores.

Paul announces the absolute exception when he tells us in three simple but astonishing and revolutionary words: “Agape never ends.” “Luv” ends, but love never ends. “I shall love you forever” usually means about two months. A billion promises, and only agape’s are not broken. As C. S. Lewis says in The Four Loves, eros makes promises but agape keeps them.

—Peter Kreeft

 

Do you agree with the quote above? Why or why not? How is Agapes eternal nature different than the other forms of love?

 

What does this text mean for the christian's future?

 

13:8 contains the often quoted phrase, Love never fails. But when we read the original text it is, love never ends. How does this change your perspective of the gift?

 

What are the practical implications of love never ending? How does this reorient your christian priorities and endeavors?

 

It seems Paul has in mind the eternal endurance of love in contrast to the temporal nature of spiritual gifts. What three gifts does Paul reference in 13:8? Why would he choose these three for the Corinthian church? Compare 1 Cor 12:8 to understand the third of these gifts.

Gospel Community Group Questions

Love is and does- 1 Cor.13:4-6

“It is easy to have love for humanity, but it is hard to have it for one’s neighbor. For the mass of humanity is not here on my doorstep, my neighbor is. Humanity never surprises you, never disappoints you, never bugs you. Humanity is as safe as a picture in a museum. It is just that: a mental picture in the museum of the mind.Jesus never once told us to love humanity. If preachers tell you that he did, they are serving up their own recipe instead of Jesus’. The only Jesus we know, the Jesus of the Gospels, told us to love as he did; that is, to touch and serve the specific individuals we meet. Jesus did not come to earth for the sake of humanity. He came for you and for me.”

Peter Kreeft

  • Do you agree with this quote? Why or why not?Explain.

  • 13:4-6 Can you think of your own paraphrase of these verses. How would you define in your paraphrase patience, kindness, envy etc. Paraphrases are usually longer than the original. Can you give examples of what it looks like for you to be patient and kind?

  • Love is not resentful, or as some translations render this, love does not keep a record of wrongs. Love prohibits us from keeping a personal file of all the individuals who have done something against us. How do you know if you keep a record of wrongs?

  • Does this love that Paul describes in this passage make you think more of yourself and how you feel or does it push you to think more of others?

Gospel Community Question- Love is the gift

Love is the Gift

Discussion Questions

 

  • When you think of the word love, what does it mean to you?

  • Who are the types of people that have loved you unconditionally? (Can you give of examples of who and how?)

  • Do you believe you’ve received the Love of God as a gift? (or) Do you still try to prove your worth for his love? Explain.

  • How does God continue to show you love? What ways do you believe God has shown you love?            

  • Is it possible to love someone without liking that person? Explain.

 

Application

 

Respond to the following quote from C. S. Lewis.
Practice this principle at least once this week. Love like God loves you.

                    

The rule for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn,you will find yourself disliking him less.2