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Dear Leader

In a book titled 'A world aflame' by Rick Joyner, he mentions Evan Roberts and his role in the Welsh Revival. "Evan Roberts was not a dynamic leader of people. He did not come with new doctrines, nor was he even considered a great preacher. He came as a great example of a dynamic follower of the Lord, encouraging the church to be a proper host to the Holy Spirit. As both Scriptures and history testify, the more yielded that we are to the Holy Spirit, the more He will use us.

I pray that you will be greatly blessed as you yield to the Holy Spirit, and that He will work through you during your Life Group meeting this week.

Fellowship

Coffee/Tea and time of sharing.

Worship

Song suggestions:
1. Lord Let your glory fall (Matt Redman)
2. One things remains (Jesus Culture)
3. Oceans (Hillsong)

Discipleship Theme: Three key assignments of the Holy Spirit

Read John 16:7-11 (NKJV)
One of the greatest battles that human beings face is a feeling of condemnation and not being good enough. Sadly this is not just something that plagues those in the world, but many Christians struggle with this too.
Consider this statement - The Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin to a believers heart. Is this true? Does this correspond accurately to the Word.

1. The Holy Spirit has come to convict unbelievers of sin

When Jesus speaks of conviction He is talking about convincing or persuading.
John 16:8 - "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin."
In the New Testament we see that generally the work of the Holy Spirit is happening in believers lives. But in this text we see the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of unbelievers. He convicts the world of unbelief.
John 16:8-9 'He will convict the world of sin ... because they do not believe in Me.'
Unbelief is a sin. Jesus is worthy of our belief ... of us putting our full faith and confidence in Him.
Robert Morris said 'When the Holy Spirit convicts lost people of sin, that is a good thing. This conviction is the only way that people become aware that they need a Saviour'.
Read Acts 2:37-38 and see how the people who heard the gospel message were cut to the heart.
When the Holy Spirit convicts of sin it is directed towards unbelievers. Thankfully the Holy Spirit is playing a restraining role in the world today. He is preventing the world from going into complete anarchy because He is convicting the world of sin.

Discussion 1: Talk about the sin of unbelief and then discuss the need for the Holy Spirit to convict unbelievers of sin. Share testimonies of how the Holy Spirit convicted you of sin before you were saved?

2. The Holy Spirit has come to convict believers of our righteousness in Christ.

One of the keys to accurate Biblical interpretation is to determine who specific verses are referring to.
John 16:10 He will convict 'of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see me no more'
The Holy Spirit can't convict unbelievers of righteousness because they aren't righteous.
The disciples had followed Jesus, He was their righteous example. In this verse Jesus was referring to His disciples.
Every time we as believers sin the Holy Spirit comes to convict us of righteousness. He spurs us on to live righteously. The Holy Spirit is not the accuser. The accuser places guilt and shame on people.
2 Corinthians 5:21 'For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.'
The Holy Spirit convicts us of our right standing before God.

Discussion 2: Discuss the power of this paradigm shift. Of living with the awareness that the Holy Spirit doesn't accuse us as believers of sin which leads to guilt and shame, but rather convicts us of our right standing before God? How can this help you in your spiritual walk?

As a leader share point 3 with your group as a conclusion to discussion 2.

3. The more you believe you are righteous in Christ, the more you will experience victory over sin.

What we believe about ourselves can make us or break us. When we believe a lie it can harm us, but when we believe the truth it can help us. Right believing leads to right living.
If you see yourself as righteous in Christ you will rise to that righteousness in how you live.
1 Cor 15:34 'Awake to righteousness, and sin not'.
Next time you are tempted to be dishonest, declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. As you awake to righteousness, victory will be yours.

4. The Holy Spirit has come to fill us with the conviction that Satan is defeated.

John 16:11 'He will convict of judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged.'
Too many Christians live as if the enemy is all powerful, but he is not. Jesus is Lord, He has divine authority and power and has defeated the enemy on the cross.
When the Holy Spirit came to earth He was proof of Christ's victory and of His completed assignment.

Discussion 3: What is your view of the devil?

Extra reading: James 4:7-8, 1 Peter 5:6-9, Ephesians 6:10-18

Ministry

Allow for a time of Spirit-led prayer ministry.

Evangelism

Write down the names of unsaved people you know and take time this week to intercede for them, asking the Holy Spirit to convict them of sin.

Kind regards

Bruce Taylor
Pastoral Support - Life Groups

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