Good morning Christ’s beloved. Today is Wednesday, June 5th, 2019. The following passage will help describe and display how a heart changed by the Holy Spirit lives out a daily walk in a broken world. Often when we think of receiving the Holy Spirit, we think of gifts and power we receive; and while that is true, the fundamental change of a person, given the Holy Spirit, is the heart! We are sent by Christ to bear witness of a new heart given to us by the Holy Spirit!. -Max
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
_What was the best thing that happened to you this last week? What was the most difficult?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 20:19-23 ]
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
_ What is the original state of the disciples in this passage? V.19
_What does Jesus say, as soon as he enters the seen, that speaks right to the state of the disciples in that moment? V.19
_What causes the disciples to turn from a spirit of fear, to one of gladness? V.20
Use as reference: Matthew 28:5-8, Matthew 28:9-10, Luke 24:50-53
21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
_What does Jesus now say is the role of the disciples? V.21
Use as reference: Matthew 28:18-20, John 17:16-20
_What does it mean that Jesus breathed on the disciples, to receive the Holy Spirit? V.22
Use as reference: Psalm 33:6, Job 33:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
_What is the sign of a heart changed by the Holy Spirit? V.23
Use as reference: Colossians 3:13, Matthew 6:14-15, Ephesians 4:31-32
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_How might this passage convict you of being a witness to a changed heart by the Holy Spirit?
_What is a simple step of obedience Christ is calling you to take from that repentance?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)