Sunday Bible Study: John 14:15-21
Updated: May 19, 2020
Unfortunately, we experienced technical difficulties with our Zoom meeting connection and were unable to hold our Bible Study. It seems that Zoom had widespread technical issues on Sunday morning, May 17, 2020, and we were only one small community of many that did not meet. Please see the study questions below for your personal reflection and study time. Thanks...and we're hoping our future meetings will have better success!
On this Sixth Sunday of Easter, we explore Jesus' command to his followers to love each other because love is the way of God. Also, Jesus tells them that the gift of the Spirit would soon be given to them, and the Spirit would lead them in their lives together.
Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to John. Our passage may be found by following the provided link: (John 14:15-21).
For continuing study on your own, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
After reading the first paragraph of the study guide ("WHAT is important..."), give some thought to the statement regarding Jesus' response to his followers anxiety, "I will not leave you as orphans..." and reflect how this encouraging message finds us in our circumstances today.
Jesus tells his followers that his Father will send "another" advocate to them; meaning that Jesus is the first advocate. What does it mean to you that Jesus is your advocate?
Jesus says that the "world cannot receive the Spirit because they neither see or know the Spirit..." What does it mean to "know the Spirit" and how can we draw close to the Spirit and be in relationship with God, through the Spirit?
Jesus's words to his followers gives insight to the tension between focusing one's life on the way of the world (worldly success, power, prestige, etc.) and focusing one's life on the way of the Gospel of Christ (humility, care and compassion for others, forgiveness, etc.). How do you think these words encouraged his followers in the early days of the Church, and how does Jesus' words encourage you today?