Christ the King Community Church
With, Part 3: With Us Through His Spirit
Archived – December 19, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
John 14:15-17

With, Part 3: With Us Through His Spirit

December 19, 2021 / Grant Fishbook, Lead Teaching Pastor / John 14:15-17

An Incorrect Assumption:

When something goes wrong, God is .

 “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. 
– John 14:15-17a (NIV 1984)

If you love me, keep my commands.

A short line of disobedience… Zechariah and Herod

A short line of historical obedience… 5 out of 20 kings “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”

A long line of Christmas obedience…

Zechariah and Elizabeth: “Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.”

Mary: “I am the Lord’s servant…May it be to me as you have said.”

Joseph: “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him…

Shepherds: “When they had seen him, they spread the word…”

The Wise Men (Magi): “We saw his star and have come to worship him.”

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor…

Notice the symmetry: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful , Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

…to help you and be with you forever…

Peace comes not from an absence of trouble but from the .

…the Spirit of truth.

Notice the symmetry: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the  and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

A Christmas gift (he will give you) worth pondering:

God is .

Small Group Questions

  1. When it comes to Christmas movies — Hallmark or Lifetime? Or neither?
  2. What was the worst thing that happened to you this week? How did you respond?
  3. What command of scripture do you need to obey this Christmas season?
  4. How has God been with you in the past week? Can you share some specific moments when you felt his presence?
  5. Read Isaiah 9:1-7 out loud. What is God saying to you about Christmas through this 2700-year-old prophecy?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

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