Who is the Holy Spirit? (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend beginning our “Holy Spirit” series entitled “Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week, we are beginning a new series on the Holy Spirit. What are some questions that you have about the Holy Spirit?
  2. Whether on your own or with a group, begin your study by asking God to speak to you. Read the Gospel of John chapters 14-16 out loud. This is Jesus’ most extensive teaching in John’s gospel. There is a lot in here about the Holy Spirit, but the surrounding context is also important.
  3. What names or titles did you notice were given to the Holy Spirit in John 14-16?
  4. The title ‘Advocate’ (Greek: parakletos) appears four times (14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7). The term literally means helper, advocate or intercessor. It is translated in a variety of ways: counselor, comforter, advocate, or helper. Based on the verses surrounding this word, what do you think Jesus is trying to convey about the Holy Spirit by using this word?
  5. The phrase “spirit of truth” appears three times (14:17; 15:26; 16:13). Consider this phrase in light of Jesus’ words in John 14:26 and 16:13. What is the Holy Spirit’s work in relation to truth? What truth is being talked about?
  6. In what ways have you experienced the Holy Spirit as an advocate or spirit of truth in your life? How might you want to grow in this way?
  7. At the most basic level, the Holy Spirit is a gift of God’s personal presence (see 14:16). For the disciples who were going to experience Jesus’ departure, the promise of the Holy Spirit was important. Why was it important to them from what you read in Jesus’ words and from what you know in the rest of the New Testament?
  8. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you from this study? What are question you hope might be answered as we journey through this series? Write these things down. If you are in a small group, discuss this together. Take time to pray that you will grow in love.

[Next week: We will continue our series on the Holy Spirit by exploring the topic, “The Character of the Holy Spirit.” You can prepare by reading Galatians 5:16-26 and Ephesians 5:15-20.]


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