Dr. E. Dale Locke
Series: DDIY – Don’t Do It Yourself (Life is Better with Some Help)
Week 4: Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There…
Living the Christian life is not difficult, it’s impossible… outside of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
He is our source of power to live the Christian life.
Read Acts 1:4-6:
On one occasion, while he (Jesus) was eating with them (his disciples), he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
- Jesus said to wait. How good are you at waiting? Do any of John Ortberg’s tests for “Hurry Sickness” apply to you? Describe how you feel when you have to wait for something.
- Pastor Dale said, “Nothing of serious consequence happens when we rush – even in our faith. You cannot microwave your faith.” Do you agree? Why or why not? What are the implications of that for your life?
- Jesus asked his disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit. Why was that important for them to wait for?
- Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is a gift from the Father. What does the word “gift” communicate about the Holy Spirit?
- Have you approached your relationship with the Holy Spirit as a gift – or in some other way? Talk about how you personally tend to view the Holy Spirit.
Read John 14:15-17 and John 16:12-15:
John 14:15 – “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
John 16:12 – “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
- What comments or questions come to your mind as you read these words of Jesus from John’s Gospel?
- The word “Advocate” means a “counselor”. Share about some current areas of your life where you could you use a counselor.
You need a counselor when…
- …Your wisdom is incomplete.
The Holy Spirit will tell you things you don’t know. He will give you wisdom you don’t have.
Read James 1:5:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
- Have you ever experienced what James is describing: lacking wisdom, asking God for it, and then receiving it from Him? Tell about that.
- …Your mind is unrenewed.
- “Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.” Talk about a situation where you’ve seen this principle lived out.
Read Romans 12:1-2:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God– this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- How do we get our minds renewed? What do you notice in this Romans passage?
Read Philippians 4:8-9:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me– put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
- What are some things that our minds are tempted to dwell on that are not in keeping with this verse? What are some practical ways to keep our minds on God-honoring things?
- …Your perspective is too small.
- When difficulties come, if we’re not careful, we can be overcome by them. How does the Holy Spirit’s help us in those times? How do we tap into that help?
- Consider a challenging or painful circumstance you are currently dealing with. If you were to ask the Holy Spirit to give you God’s perspective on that situation, what might He say to you?