Small Group Lesson
The Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian
God has given us a great gift! He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell Christians. The Holy Spirit is God--a person of the Trinity. He is eternal and was never created. Since the birth of the church at Pentecost (Acts 2), the Holy Spirit has lived in Christians to empower them to glorify Jesus. We want to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit. For the next three lessons, we will discuss the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Today, we will focus on how the Holy Spirit guides us.
Guidance from the Holy Spirit
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”
“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
Guidance Through the Bible
The Holy Spirit guides us through scripture and guided the authors of the Bible as they wrote (Ephesians 3:5; 1 Peter 1:11; Revelation 2:7; 14:13). Jesus promised this inspiration for teaching the church to the Apostles in following passages:
“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 that I have said to you.”
“ 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.  He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
With these words Jesus told the disciples that they would be led into all truth by the Spirit and that they would have authoritative teaching for the church. The apostles’ teaching was then written in the New Testament for us to read.
The Holy Spirit also enlightens our hearts to understand the truth as seen in Ephesians 1:15–21. First, read only verse 17 about the Spirit helping us know God. Then read the whole passage.
 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints,  I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,  having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Guidance and power to carry out the Mission
Many passages tell us about the Spirit’s work to help, strengthen and encourage the church (Acts 9:31; 20:28; Ephesians 3:16; 5:18-19; Philippians 1:19). For instance, in 2 Timothy 1:14, the Holy Spirit helps us to guard the good deposit. The “good deposit” in this verse is “the gospel.”
2 Timothy 1:14
 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
Questions for Discussion
Q: Have you ever experienced guidance from the Holy Spirit? Guidance in life? Guidance towards something? Guidance away from a sin? Guidance through the Bible? Guidance and power to carry out the mission? Share about your experiences.
Q: Jesus said the Holy Spirit glorifies him. How does the guidance from the Holy Spirit bring glory to Jesus?
Q: How do you need to be more open to the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life?
In the next small group lesson we will look at how the Holy Spirit transforms us.
Using the First Steps bible study is a great way to introduce someone to the gospel. Here is a shorter way of sharing the key ideas of the gospel that you can do anywhere with a pen and piece of paper (or even on a napkin). Take turns practicing to share this gospel presentation to your group. Draw the illustration on a piece of paper as you teach.
1. God loves you, made you, and has a good plan for your life. God made you to enjoy life with him. You were made to live with God.
2. But we all have sinned against God. Sin is anything God hates and forbids in the Bible—lying, stealing, lusting, gossiping, jealousy, etc. Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Sin separates us from a joyful life with God. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
3. Because God loves us he made a way to help us. Romans 5:8-10 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Jesus is God’s Son. He became a human and lived a perfectly sinless life. He didn’t deserve to die, but freely died for us, so our sins would be paid for, in order to make a way to God.
4. Jesus did not stay dead but God raised him back to life. We can receive God’s free gift of forgiveness of our sins and eternal, joyful life with God through faith in Jesus. Romans 10:9 “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
You can receive this gift today by repenting, believing, and being baptized. Acts 2:37-38 “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Encourage One Another:
What opportunities has God provided to lead others closer toward knowing Christ?
How have you seen God working in the lives of those you want to lead to Christ?
Pray for One Another:
Share at least one name of someone you want to win to Christ. If you know, share your next action step in leading them closer to knowing Christ (for example: invite them to church, take them out to dinner and share your testimony, study First Steps together, give them a Bible or Christian resources, etc.).
Commit to praying for one another every day: (1) For boldness and wisdom, (2) for opportunities, (3) for other’s open hearts.
Other Prayer Requests:
How can we pray for you?
Pray together about God’s Mission and other requests and thanksgivings.