Sunday School Material 3-8-15: Another Advocate

(John 14:15-26; 3/8/15)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus is sending the Holy Spirit to minister to His disciples, as He departs for other duties. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live like we trust God’s plans and provisions for our lives.

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Read John 14:15-17

I. Promise of the Spirit. In this section of our Sunday School material, Jesus urges His disciples to demonstrate their love by obeying Him. Another advocate is to be sent – the Holy Spirit/Spirit of truth. He is to be known by God’s people, not the general public.

Applications –

- Love and obedience. Notice in vs. 15 that loving God calls for obeying God. There are too many who claim that they love God with their lips, but they don’t live as if they love Him.

Let’s work on loving God with our lips and lives. Such living includes studying and obeying God’s word, in every area of our lives – personal development, relationships, and contributing to our community.

- God’s plans and our care. Notice in vss. 16, 18 that God has a bigger plan, but the plan includes taking care of God’s people.

First, we should not fall in love with our circumstances, because God has a way of changing things around. Jesus had to leave the disciples for a greater purpose, as people will come and go in our lives.

Second, no matter what God is doing, His plans include taking care of His own. Verse 18 of our Sunday School material talks about how God doesn’t want us to be like orphans. He is providing the Holy Spirit to be our advocate and helper.

In other words, things may change, but we can trust God to always take care of His own. Let’s live like we trust God to take care of us, in spite of things changing around us. This kind of living should be known for obedience, confidence, and joy.

- Sending the Spirit to believers. Notice in vss. 17, 24 that that the Holy Spirit is not for everyone. There will be those who reject God Father, the Son, and/or the Spirit. In so doing, they reject God’s marvelous plans and blessings for their lives.

The greatest evidence of a person accepting God is their obedience, not simply what they say. Let’s work on making sure we obey like we belong to God and help others to do the same.

Read John 14:18-24

II. Assurance by the Son. In this section of the Sunday School material, Jesus talks about leaving His disciples. However, the Holy Spirit will be with them. Again, the Spirit is not for everyone. He is for those who obey God.

Applications –

- Great blessings. Notice in vss. 19, 23 that Jesus has all kinds of blessings for those who stay with Him. We can expect some rough times. But after the cross, there is a crown.

There is greater fellowship among God and true disciples than there is among God and those who have no or very little obedience.

Let’s work on living like we trust the blessings of obeying God. We cannot truly believe this statement and then live any kind of life. Truly understanding this application produces obedience with peace and confidence that God will make a way somehow.

Read John 14:25-26

III. Purpose of the Spirit. In this section of the Sunday School material there is another mention of Jesus leaving. The Holy Spirit will minister to the people of God. The Spirit will teach and help the disciples remember.

Applications –

- Change. Notice in vss. 25-26 that Jesus shows us how to make change a process. Instead of simply shocking the disciples with what was going to happen, He talks them through it, before it happens. We would do well to work on making change a process, when we can.

On one hand, sometimes things can happen so fast that there is no time for making change a process. And there are times, when you simply need to do what needs to be done.

But on the other hand, there are times when talking about changes before they happen can make the process of change a little easier to deal with. Let’s seek the wisdom and energy to know how to deal with the changes that God is calling for in our lives.

- The Holy Spirit. Notice in vs. 26 of our Sunday School material that the Holy Spirit is sendable and has a teaching and reminding ministry.

First, in order for the church to be all that God is calling for it to be, we need more people who have the competency, character, and chemistry needed to be sent to do the work at hand. I

t takes humble character and chemistry between the sender and the one being sent for this application to work.

Second, since the Holy Spirit teaches and reminds, we should work on understanding and remembering. Prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of other disciples can help us with learning what the Spirit is teaching.

Making time to steal away and reflect on God’s will for our lives can help us remember. Let’s work on being sendable and open to the Spirit’s teaching and reminding ministries.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we trust God’s plans and provisions for our lives. God has much for those who obey His will.

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