Kind and gracious Lord, you are the creator of all things, the author of life, and our loving God. We thank you for your faithful presence in our lives, and we thank you for Your Word.
As we prepare to study together, we ask you to open our hearts and minds so we can hear what you long to speak to us. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
Scripture: John 14:23-29 (Common English Bible)
23 Jesus answered, “Whoever loves me will keep my word. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The word that you hear isn’t mine. It is the word of the Father who sent me.
25 “I have spoken these things to you while I am with you. 26 The Companion,[a] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I told you.
27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 You have heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away and returning to you.’ If you loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than me. 29 I have told you before it happens so that when it happens you will believe.
In Eastertide, we continue in the season of Resurrection through God in Jesus Christ. With Resurrection comes renewed challenges, renewed hopes and renewed possibilities. In order to seize the day, we must reset to realign with God’s will for our lives.
Jesus resets his relationship with the disciples, promising them that the Holy Spirit will come to teach them what they need to know and remind them of what they were taught before.
- What is a word, phrase or image that comes to mind when you read or hear the text?
- After his resurrection, Jesus continues to teach the disciples new lessons. What are the qualities of a good teacher? What makes Jesus a great teacher? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in making sure we learn Jesus’ lessons?
- What does this scripture teach you about the learning process?
- What does God invite you to do, change or be through this passage?
Discipleship Huddle Questions:
- How is it with your soul?
- How does your soul prosper?
God who continues to open hearts and minds, we confess that too often we have crowded out your voice, being too attentive to the many noises that bombard us. Break our hearts to hear your voice and to hear the hurts and cries of those around us. Empower us to be your faithful witnesses in our homes and in all the encounters we face. Amen.