Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: DDIY – Don’t Do It Yourself (Life is Better with Some Help)
Week 3: I’ve Said It Before, I’ll Say It Again
Read John 14:25-26:
All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
- What do you notice about the Trinity in these verses?
Underline the words “teach” and “remind” in the verses above. While Jesus was on earth, he was the disciples’ teacher. After Jesus left, the Holy Spirit became our teacher. The Holy Spirit is also the divine reminder of everything you need to know for your walk with Jesus.
One area He reminds people about is the Bible. The Holy Spirit was involved in:
- The Creation of the Bible:
The Holy Spirit helped the writers of the Bible remember accurately what Jesus said and did.
- The Preservation of the Bible:
We can be confident that the content of the New Testament stayed accurate as it was passed on through the years, because the Holy Spirit guided in that process. In fact, through the science of textual criticism, scholars have been able to ascertain with 99.8% certainty that our current Bibles have the original words of the writers. This is a much higher certainty than that of any other ancient document – even the works of Shakespeare.
- The Application of the Bible:
The Holy Spirit helps us apply the Bible to our lives. Martin Luther said, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”
- Can you relate to what Martin Luther said about the Bible? Tell about an experience when you sensed that the Bible was alive.
- Trevor quoted one of his seminary professors who said, “Watch out when you read the Bible, because the Bible might end up reading you!” What did he mean by that?
- A lot of people at our church use the Word of God Speak Bible-reading plan to help them understand and apply the Bible by journaling through the acronym S.O.A.P. (see communityofhope.church/wordofgodspeak for more information). S.O.A.P. stands for:
The “Application” step is where you ask the Holy Spirit, “How do you want me to apply this to my life?” Why is it important to include the application step in our daily Bible-reading time?
- Pastor Trevor explained two reasons why the Holy Spirit reminds us:
Because we forget what Jesus said when…
- Things get hard.
When God rescued the Israelites from Egypt, He did amazing miracles and showed Himself in powerful ways. But later when things got hard for the Israelites in the desert, they forgot what God had done for them. Tell about a time when you needed reminding about God’s Word, because of some difficult things you were going through.
- We also forget when….
- Things get easy.
David’s son, King Solomon, had been a fervent follower of God in the early part of his life. Later, when he was king, Solomon grew rich, comfortable and powerful; and when things were going well in his kingdom, he drifted away from God. Why is it easy to drift from God, when things are easy in our lives?
- What can we do now to keep from forgetting or drifting from God in the future – whether in hard times or easy times?
Pastor Trevor gave us several spiritual “life hacks” suggestions:
- Study the Bible daily.
- Memorize Scripture.
- Keep a journal where you write down what God says to you.
- Pray for reminders from the Holy Spirit.
- If the Holy Spirit is the divine reminder, why would we need to study and memorize the Bible? What difference does it make when we do those things?
- What are some benefits of writing down what God says to you in a journal?
- Why is it wise to pray, “Holy Spirit, what do I need to remember today?”
- If you prayed that prayer right now, what might the Holy Spirit tell you today?