Sunday School Lesson for January 5, 2003
Note: Due to schedule constraints over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays this lesson outline will consist of suggestions for application only. With next week’s lesson we will resume our normal outlines. May our Lord richly bless you with a glorious New Year!
One: In 16:7 Jesus declares that His departure to heaven will be for the “good” of His disciples. In what sense is Christ’s departure an advantage? In chapter 14 there are several clues that will help us respond to this question:
Two: In 16:7 Jesus declares, “Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you.” Why cannot the Holy Spirit come until Christ goes away? Hint: Think about the fact that as Christ goes away via the cross, He secures redemption for His people. With the coming of the Spirit the application of this redemption to believers is then possible.
Three: In 16:8 Jesus teaches us about the work of the Holy Spirit in the world. Primarily the Spirit’s work will be a ministry of conviction—“he will convict the world . . . .” Using a Bible dictionary, or other word study tool, try to discover the meaning of this term.
Four: In 16:9-11 we see the specific areas of the Spirit’s ministry of conviction to the “world.” See if you can identify, define, and apply them:
Five: In 16:13-15 we see the Spirit’s ministry to the church. See if you can define and explain the meaning of each statement: