Monday, October 6, 2008

Intensive Gospel Study: John 16

Reading Sheet
JOHN – Chapter 16

What/who was important to Jesus?

The work of the Holy Spirit

What needs did Jesus meet?

Conviction and all truth

What did Jesus ask or require of his followers?

To believe in Him

What issues did Jesus address (relationships, work, money, character, religious practice, etc.)?
Conviction of sin

What is compelling to you about Jesus in this section?

How only the Holy Spirit can convict us of personal sins, despite what Fundamentalists think

How do followers respond to Jesus?
We are to let the Holy Spirit guide us

What in this section challenges us to respond/ imitate/obey?

To let the Holy Spirit do the Holy Spirit’s job of convicting people instead of ourselves (standing on the street yelling about the 10 commandments ala the style of Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, Todd Friel or any other “turn or burn” adherents is not going to convict anyone except for the hypocrisy of the church---for it is not our place to convict people of sin but the Holy Spirit’s)

How did Jesus change the world (for an individual or for a community)? He sent us the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin and guide us into all truth

What vision of being missional do you glimpse for yourself? For the church? Once again, to stand in the unconditional loving service of God and others, the church must first stop acting as if it or bible translations are the Holy Spirit---as if any human, human cultural biases and arrogant assumptions or human institution can convict anyone of sin or be a guide to all truth (however, the Holy Spirit uses scripture to convict us personally of our own sins)

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