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Where is the Holy Spirit Series - Lesson #4

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Can the Holy Spirit Help Me Grow?

This English Stonecroft 'Youth Discipleship Teaching' has been adapted from the Adult Stonecroft Trinity Series.

The English Stonecroft Trinity Series - Where is the Holy Spirit? is available online from Stonecroft's corporate website.


Welcome, as the children arrive get them to colour the colouring pages and visual aids that will be used during the session.

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1. WELCOME GAME for the Junior Youth: (10 minutes)

2. TEAM GAMES for the Junior Youth: (10 minutes)

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

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a.Lesson Review

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Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review:

Whilst at home this week you would have read the Bible verses given below and copied the verse which you considered to be the most important in each reading.

Who wants to come up and share some of these verses with the class?

1 •  John 3:1-13

Discuss this statement of Jesus ("Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.")

2 •  John 3:14-21

(What did Moses lift up in the wilderness?)

.........( A serpent )

(How was Jesus lifted up?)

............(On the cross)

3 •  Acts 1:1-11

(What did Paul call the Holy Spirit?)

..........( The Promise of the Father)

4 •  Acts 2:1-13

(On the Day of Pentecost when they were all with one accord in one place and the Holy Spirit came what did it look and sound like?)

.........( And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.)

5 •  Acts 2:14-21

(Who can recall what was spoken by the prophet Joel)

.........( I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; sons and   your daughters shall prophesy, young men shall see visions, old men shall dream dreams.)

(What signs will occur in nature?)

......... (God will show wonders in heaven above a nd signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke, the sun shall be turned into darkness, a nd the moon into blood)

6 •  Acts 2:36-39

(What did Peter tell them they had to do to be saved?)

........(Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit)

7 •  Acts 2:40-42

(How many people were saved that day?)

......( Three thousand souls were added to them)

(What did these new converts do?)

...(They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. )

Lesson review:

What amazing things we have learned from our study about the Holy Spirit! He is called God, He has the attributes of God, and He performs the work of God.

Last week, we learned that the Holy Spirit is involved in our birth into God’s family.

What does the Holy Spirit do to help us know we need a Savior before we are born again? . . . . . (The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin before we are saved)

Read John 16:8

8  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

How is He involved after we became Christians? . . . . . (He enters our lives when we trust Jesus as our Savior and begins to perform His teaching and guiding role)

Read John 16:13

13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are immediately given the assurance of eternal life with God. Salvation does not depend on our living a good life, but on the fact that Jesus died for our sins in our place. As believers, we are assured of entrance into heaven when we die.

The Holy Spirit is God’s mark of ownership, making us accountable to God. All believers are sealed, guaranteeing their salvation.

b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up…Ephesians 4:30 … CHARGE

30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:30

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c. Teach the Lesson

Can the Holy Spirit
Help me Grow?

Purpose of the Lesson
Learn more about the guidance and enabling of the Holy Spirit in
our daily lives
• Establish a personal plan for prayer and Bible study
• Realize freedom from the domination of sin by the power of the
Holy Spirit in our lives


Father in Heaven, We recognize that we do not always have victory over sin in our lives. We know that we do not always act like we are Your children. Help us to learn the things we need to know that will make a difference in our lives.
We pray in the name of Jesus, amen.

Guide’s Comments

The most complete description of the work of the Holy Spirit is given in
John 14-16. These three chapters are what Jesus told the disciples before they went to the garden where He was arrested. These are the chapters you will read in the suggested Weekly Bible Reading.

Today’s lesson shows us how the Holy Spirit lives in us and enables us to live an obedient Christian life.

The Holy Spirit in our Lives

As born-again Christians, we are no longer prisoners of sin. Satan was our cruel master, but now Jesus is our new Master and He loves us.

We now have new resources which make it possible for us to live a godly life. Do you know what those resources are? . . . . .

(Summarize their answers by naming these resources: the Holy Spirit’s presence, His guidance, God’s Word, and prayer.)

Our Christian lives develop as we obey the Holy Spirit. He helps us give up sinful habits, understand the Bible, and learn how to pray. The Christian life is a life of continual growth which begins when the Holy Spirit enters. There are many periods of temptation, disobedience, and rebellion. However, God’s Spirit in us is continually helping us make progress to new heights.

1. What does the Holy Spirit do for us to help us grow as Christians?

a. 1 John 2:27 . . . .

27  But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

(He will teach us.)

b. John 16:13-14 . . . . .

13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

List two things

(1. He will reveal truth about God.)
(2. He will bring glory to Christ, not promote Himself.)

c. Romans 8:14 . . . . .

14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

(God’s Spirit will lead you.)

d. Galatians 5:22-23 . . . . .

22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

(He will produce His fruit in our lives.)

e. Acts 1:8 . . . . .

8  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

(He gives us power to be His witnesses.)

The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to make us Christlike by teaching us, revealing truth, glorifying Christ, leading us, producing fruit, and giving us power to be effective witnesses.


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Prayer is a vital aspect of becoming more Christlike. What do you suppose Christ’s prayer life was like? . . . . .

A verse that gives us a glimpse of the prayer life of Jesus is found in Mark 1:35. . . . .

35  Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

As a man, Jesus knew He had to spend time with His Father, talking to Him, seeking His will and His blessings.

2. How does the Holy Spirit help us to pray?

Read Romans 8:26-27. . . . .

26  Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

(He helps us in our weakness and prays for us in groans that words cannot express.)

God created people for fellowship with Himself. He made us in His image so that we would be capable of understanding and enjoying Him. We speak to God in prayer. He speaks to us through the Book He wrote—the Bible.

Turn to 1 John 5:14-15 . . . . .

14  Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Sometimes Christians are not really praying, they are only saying prayers. True prayer comes from our hearts. It connects with the heart of God, who communicates it to us through His Holy Spirit. Since Jesus has given us the right to pray to the Father in His name, we pray and God answers, because we are praying according to His will.

3 a. What did God tell us about when we should pray?

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17 . . . . .

17  Pray without ceasing,

(Pray all the time.)

b. What attribute of God makes it possible for us to pray anytime and anywhere? . . . . .

(He is everywhere all the time—omnipresent.)

4 a. What does God say about prayer in Matthew?

Matthew 6:5-7. . . . .

"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6  But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7  And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words."

(Don’t make a show of your prayer life. Pray in private to be alone with God.)

b. When did David say he would talk to God?

Psalm 55:17. . . . .

17  Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.

(In the evening, noon, and morning)

c. If you do not already have a regular time to pray each day, establish a pattern for your prayer life. Write down how you plan to begin a daily time of prayer. . . . .


We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.

(Colossians 1: 3)

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The "Five Finger Prayer"

First, I want you to put your hands together in front of you as if you are praying. Keep your eyes open so that you can see your hands. You will notice that the closest finger to you is the thumb. Since it is the closest to you, the thumb reminds you to pray for those that are closest to you. Pray for your parents and your brothers or sisters.

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The next finger is called your index finger. It is used for pointing. Let this finger remind you to pray for those that point you in the right direction. Pray for your teachers at school, your Sunday School teacher, and your pastor.

The middle finger is the tallest finger. This finger reminds us to pray for our leaders. Pray for Leaders, administrators, the president or Prime Minister and other leaders in our government and those who are leaders in our town.

The fourth finger is the called the ring finger. Did you know that this is the weakest of all the fingers? Just ask any one who plays the piano and they will tell you that is true. Let this finger remind you to pray for those who are weak, troubled and sick.

The last little finger is the smallest finger. The Bible says, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought." Let the little finger remind you to pray for yourself.

The five W's of prayer:
Who should pray? Anyone! Anyone who needs God's help or anyone who has received God's blessing should pray -- and that is all of us.
What should we pray about? Anything! We should pray for healing when we are sick and for forgiveness from sin. We should offer prayers of thanks when we are happy, and ask for help in times of trouble.
When should we pray? Anytime! If we should pray when we are in trouble, when we are sick, when we are happy, or when we have sinned, that is just about any time, isn't it?
Where should we pray? Anywhere! If we should pray any time we need God's help, then I guess it just makes sense that we should pray anywhere we are, because wherever we are, God is there!
Why should we pray? Because God answers prayer! Prayer is powerful and effective and that if we will pray, God will hear our prayers, heal the sick, and forgive our sins.

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Bible Reading

As Christians, we have an advantage which we did not have before we became Christians. The Holy Spirit teaches us and helps us understand what the Bible says.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18 . . . . .

18  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Most of us did not understand the Bible before we were Christians. Do you notice a difference when you read it now?

5. Growing Christians need to establish a regular time to read the Bible. Try to discover the best time for you and share how you plan to accomplish it. . . . ..

It may be necessary to get up earlier or stay up later to have a regular time to read the Bible and pray. But time for fellowship with God is necessary if we are to mature in our Christian life, as the Holy Spirit teaches us through God’s Word.

Fellowship with God is what makes the Christian life such a thrilling experience. Through prayer and what God brings to our attention when we are reading His Word, we approach the day with an awareness that God is in control of all that happens. Living under the Holy Spirit’s guidance means we are constantly growing in our relationship with God.


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All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

(2 Timothy 3: 16)

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First, give children a piece of paper, large enough for them to be able to trace around their hand. Have the children trace around their hand.

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After they are finished with the hand, have a volunteer read each of the verses shown below. Explaining why we are putting each instruction on each finger.

Have the children write the corresponding words:

Hear, Read, Study, Memorize and Meditate on the fingers.

(Show Hand Visual Aid)

On the other side of the hand, write the verse references. When finished, suggest the children keep this in their Bibles to use as a bookmark and a reminder to do all five steps to understand the Bible fully and to allow the Word of God to richly fill their lives.

HEAR (The little finger is the only finger you can fit in your ear! Demonstrate)
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.

READ (The thumb is used to turn a page when you are reading, demonstrate)
Revelation 1:3a Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy.

STUDY (Teachers points her finger and tells you ‘Study’ demonstrate)
Acts 17:11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined (studied) the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

MEMORIZE (The tallest finger reminds us of our pledge to God that we will hide His Word in our heart)
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden (memorized) your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

MEDITATE (The ring fingers reminds us that if we love God we want to meditate on His ways)
Psalm 119:15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.

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6. What advice does God give about reading the Bible?

Read James 1:22-25. . . . .

22  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24  for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

(Obey what you read; practice it.)

When we obey what we read in God’s Word, we can avoid making wrong choices and we will be blessed by God.

Obedience to God is what causes us to grow as Christians. Knowledge of God’s Word is necessary, but to know the Bible and not obey it is dangerous.

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin in our lives before we become Christians. He continues to convict us concerning sinful habits, desires, and attitudes which hinder us from growing after we become Christians.

Read Galatians 5:16-18. . . . .

16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The fact is—we cannot obey God’s will on our own. We need the Holy Spirit to give us the strength and ability to do it!

As Christians, we are tempted to do things our own way rather than the way the Holy Spirit seems to be leading us. We plan to deal with temptation in our own way, which often seems to be easier. But God encourages us to stand firm with Him when we are tested, even when it is difficult.

He gives us a promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13 . . . . .

13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

7. How is it possible for us to make the Holy Spirit sad?

Read Ephesians 4:25-32 . . . . .

25  Therefore, putting away lying, " Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. 26  "Be angry, and do not sin" : do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27  nor give place to the devil. 28  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

(The Holy Spirit is sad when we disobey God.)

When we lie, become angry, insult others, become bitter, have hateful feelings, or are hard-hearted, we grieve the Holy Spirit. This happens because we ignore His warnings. Further spiritual growth is prevented until these matters are confessed and corrected.

Can you recall this weeks Bible Memory Verse?

Ephesians 4:30

30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

This verse reveals another great truth. The indwelling Holy Spirit is evidence that God owns us. We are not our own.

We have been bought with a price.

Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 . . . .

8. You have been created to glorify God. The major role of the Holy Spirit is to enable you to live in a way that glorifies God.

a.List some of the areas in which the Holy Spirit is working in your life to make you more like Christ. . . . .

b.List areas in your life in which God has given you victory. . . . .

Turn to Galatians 5:16-18. . . . .

16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

When the Holy Spirit is in control of our lives, instead of our own self-centered human nature, He makes us grow to be more like Christ.

The key to becoming more like Jesus is to spend more thoughtful time reading the Bible and more meaningful time in earnest prayer. When we want to get acquainted with a friend, we spend time together. To get acquainted with God, we need to spend time with Him, reading His Word and meditating on what He is telling us. The Holy Spirit will be faithful in teaching us, when we are faithful to do our part by listening to God and obeying Him.

Prayer is our response to what God says. Each morning, we can pray about our activities, asking God to reveal His plans for our day. We can ask Him to give us the wisdom we need to accomplish things His way.

As we live aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit in us moment by moment, life will take on new meaning. Each day we will see evidence of God working in us.



Consider your answer to Question 8 and write a prayer thanking God for the progress you can see in your life. .

Dear Father, Thank You for giving us the Holy Spirit to teach us and help us to understand the truths in Your Word. The desire of our hearts is to obey You. Thank You for helping us to grow as we obey. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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Weekly Bible Verse Readings - LESSON #4

Print 'Weekly Bible Verse Readings', one for each youth to take home.

When you are at home this week read the Bible verses given below and copy the verse which you consider to be the most important in each reading.

1. John 14:1-14

1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2  In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4  And where I go you know, and the way you know."

5  Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"

6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me".

The Father Revealed

"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

8  Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."

9  Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11  Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves."

The Answered Prayer

12  "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13  And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."

2. John 14:15-31

Jesus Promises Another Helper

15  "If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- 17  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."

Indwelling of the Father and the Son

19  "A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20  At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21  He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."

22  Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?"

23  Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24  He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me."

The Gift of His Peace

25  "These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28  You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I".

29  "And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. 30  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31  But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here."

3. John 15:1-17

The True Vine

15  "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3  You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4  Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5  "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you [ b ] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Love and Joy Perfected

9  "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love".

11  "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. 14  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16  You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17  These things I command you, that you love one another."

4. John 15:18-27

The World's Hatred

18  "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20  Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21  But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23  He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24  If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25  But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'

The Coming Rejection

26  "But when the [ c ] Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27  And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning."

5. John 16:1-15

Jesus Warns and Comforts His Disciples

16  "These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2  They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3  And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4  But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.

"And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you."

The Work of the Holy Spirit

5  "But now I go away 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 depart, I will send Him to you. 8  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9  of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10  of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11  of 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  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you."

6. John 16:16-24

Sorrow Will Turn to Joy

16  "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father."

17  Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me' ; and, 'because I go to the Father' ?" 18  They said therefore, "What is this that He says, 'A little while' ? We do not know what He is saying."

19  Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'? 20  Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21  A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22  Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

23  "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24  Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."

7. John 16:25-33

Jesus Christ Has Overcome the World

25  "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. 26  In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; 27  for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. 28  I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father."

29  His disciples said to Him, "See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! 30  Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God."

31  Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? 32  Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33  These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

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