We invite you to go deeper in your personal reflection and response to this week's sermon through these study notes and application questions. Take some time this week to read the sermon texts in their full context and study out on your own what we have been learning together at gathering.
If you have not heard it yet, listen to this week's sermon here: The Spirit of Life
2 Corinthians 4:13-18
2 Corinthians 5:16, 17
Every day the world tries to sell us meaningful and enjoyable life - in which areas are you most tempted to look to the world for meaning and enjoyment instead of finding life in the Spirit?
The Bible gives us many examples of Christians who were able to rejoice even in the middle of intense suffering because they knew it was making them more like Jesus. What current suffering in your life (even a small one) is the Holy Spirit using to make you more like Christ? How does acknowledging the work of the Spirit in this way change the way you view the difficulties that you face each day? Consider how this applies to everything from minor inconveniences all the way to intense sufferings you may experience.
The Spirit is given as a guarantee that we will be raised with Jesus and is the very presence of our future hope. What things in your life this week have reminded you of the hope you have in God?
Pastor Joseph said: "The Holy Spirit does not want to come in and reorganize your life, He wants to come in and be your life." How have you treated God as a neatly organized part of your life, instead of life itself? What would it look like for you to submit fully to His work in your life and heart?
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” - C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The tragedy is when we who have been given new life through the Holy Spirit choose to pattern our lives after the old life. - Joseph Turner