Startup: During the time you’ve been a Christian, what important changes, if any, have there been in your under- standing about the Holy Spirit?
SEEING WHAT’S THERE
1. In what important ways would you say Jesus is looking after the best interests of His disciples in this chapter?
2. In your own words, how would you express the main points Jesus makes about the Holy Spirit in verses 7-15?
3. Who is Jesus talking about when He speaks of “the world” in verse 8?
4. From what you see in verses 8-11, explain in your own words what the Holy Spirit does for the world.
5. From what you see in verses 12-15, explain in your own words what the Holy Spirit does for the disciples of Jesus.
6. From what you see in verses 14-15, explain in your own words what the Holy Spirit does for Jesus Himself
7. Describe as fully as possible the joy which Jesus talks about in vs. 20-24.
8. In verse 23, what is “that day” which Jesus speaks of?
9. What are the biggest promises which you see Jesus making in this chapter?
10. What in this chapter do you think might be most surprising to a new Christian reading it for the first time?
11. Think again of the statement about Jesus in John 1:18. From what you see in chapter 16, what is God like?
12. EYE FOR DETAIL—From what you recall seeing in this chapter, try answering the following question without looking at your Bible: What names does Jesus give to the Holy Spirit in this chapter? (See verses 7,13, and 15.)
CAPTURE THE ESSENCE
13. What would you say are the most important things this chapter teaches about the Holy Spirit?
14. What wrong thinking or actions on the part of the disciples do you think Jesus may be trying to prevent by what He says in verses 8-11?
15. In verse 14, look at the process of glory which Jesus describes as He talks about the Holy Spirit’s work. On a practical level, how would you explain how this works?
16. From what you see in verses 22-24, discuss how much you agree or disagree with this statement: It is impossible to experience the fullest dimension of joy in this life without having a vital prayer life.
17. What wrong thinking or actions on the part of the disciples do you think Jesus may be trying to prevent by what He says in verse 33?
18. Chapters 14, 15, and 16 all contain key verses about prayer. Look at them together, and decide what is the most important prayer principle that is taught in all of them: 14:13-14; 15:7, and 16:23-24.
19. If you had only this chapter in Scripture to refer to, how would you use it to help show someone that Jesus is truly God?
FOR LIFE TODAY
20. Look at the promises Jesus makes to the disciples in verse 13. To what degree would you say these promises are true for Christians today?
21. What kind of mental habits do you think could most easily block the invitation of Jesus in verse 24 from coming alive in our minds and hearts?
22. Once more, if you were asked to summarize the most important “marks of Christian maturity” as taught in this chapter, which ones would you mention first?
23. In light of how you’re doing spiritually in your life today, which verse in this chapter do you think is the most important at this time—and why?
FOR GOING DEEPER
Look together at the generosity of God which Jesus teaches in verse 23. The gospel of John has much to say about giving—especially God’s giving. Look at each of these verses, and make a list together of the gifts God has given to His Son, Jesus—5:27,36; 6:39; 10:29; 17:2,9,24, and 18:11.
(from The Complete Bible Discussion Guide: New Testament, © 1992 by Questar Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.)