Sermon Study Notes: The Spirit of Illumination

We invite you to go deeper in the sermon text through personal study.

Listen to the sermon here: The Spirit of Illumination 

Sermon text:

John 16:4-15

Other readings:

  • 1 Corinthians 1:20,21

  • Romans 4:23-25

  • Ezekiel 36:24

Application Questions

  • Read the John text over again, how was it to the disciples' advantage that Jesus went away? (vs.7)

  • Three main ways that the Spirit reveals truth through us through scripture are: (1) through personal study (2) through sitting under sound gospel teaching (3) through spoken truth in community with other believers. Are all three of these active in your life? If not, what steps can you take this week to posture yourself in such a way that you might hear the Spirit revealing truth to you more clearly through all 3 of these methods? If you are not involved in community with other believers, one step we invite you to take into community here at Providence is joining a home group. You can find out more about Home Group meeting times and locations here.

  • How does the understanding that it is the Spirit who prepares the hearts and opens the eyes of people, encourage you in your efforts to share the gospel?

  • Think of a specific person in your life that it is hard to share the gospel with - spend time in prayer this week that the Spirit would work in their lives and that you would be emboldened to share the truth with them by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

  • As you grow as a Christian your need for Christ is often revealed in a deeper way. How have you seen the Spirit working in this specific way in your life this year? 


We see that the spirit is not the domesticated auxiliary of the church. He is the powerful advocate who goes before the Church to bring the world under conviction. - Lesslie Newbigin from the book, The Light has come: an exposition on the fourth gospel

Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith by the power of the Holy Spirit a part of your growth in Him.

These songs are fitting to help you pray and sing through what we are learning about the Holy Spirit and to accompany your reading and personal reflection. Click here to access the playlist on Spotify. Click here to access the playlist on iTunes.