Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES
DATE: Sunday, March 4, 2018
FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ
Preached by Pastor Steve Rimikis
POWER Series – POWER to be a TRANSFORMED
MEETUP WEEK #1 Format: MEET-UP Questions
TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: The powers and effects of a spirit-led life leads to transformation. We can rest assure that Jesus did not leave us to be alone. It’s His power, but our responsibility to live it out.
START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:
What is your favorite fruit? Explain which one and what you like most about this fruit. Have you had the opportunity to pick the fruit from a tree or a farm? Describe the experience.
Describe a time when you were alone (which is different from being lonely). Was it late at night? Was it out in nature? Were you driving? Did you enjoy it? Did it scare you? Was it liberating?
Please Read John 16:5-15 (ESV)
5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
What parts of the scripture passage stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging? What does this passage tell us about “POWER to be Transformed”?
Effects of a Spirit-Led Life:
Pastor Steve shared their neither hype nor loud volume was required for the Holy Spirit to be active, nor does it only come in the quiet. Describe how you best encounter God through the Holy Spirit? Is it in a quiet place? Is it through loud worship music? Is out in nature? Or Serving people? Or while exercising? Or even while you drive?
1.) The Holy Spirit CHALLENGES us.
As Christians, we often talk about how Jesus “challenges” us. What does it mean for God to challenge us? Describe a time in your faith journey where God challenged you.
2.) The Holy Spirit brings UNITY to the body of Christ
The Holy Spirit desires us to support and love each other, which will in turn produce unity. The scripture more often focuses on the fruit of the spirit, rather than the acts of the spirit. These fruits help to produce unity.
3.) The Holy Spirit CONVICTS of sin.
Pastor Steve showed a video of a News Reporter from Florida covering Hurricane Irma and interviewing a shirtless man with pink floaties that explained how he was going to tie himself to a pole during the rest of the storm. (See link below if you missed video or want to re-watch clip). The shirtless man was confident that he had made a good plan, and nothing would deter him from his plan, although the expert, the weatherman, knew better and could only tell him with all sincerity, “Be safe.” The “post” represents sin, as well as the thing we try to tie our selves to during the storms of life, when in reality the Holy Spirit sees the storms long before it hits land and tries to steer us from danger. What is or are the “post” in your life – the things we cling to, even when the Holy Spirit convicts us otherwise? Is it sin? Is it a lie, we convince ourselves is a truth? Do we simply ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit?
Given your group discussion today, what is one way, this week, that you can incorporate into your life, that will help you better experience the effects of a spirit-led life?
Name a specific person that you can and are willing to share with about how Jesus has never left you to be alone. Describe to that person an experience of how Jesus through the Holy Spirit, either challenged, unified, or convicted you in your faith journey.