As teenagers, we often struggle with finding our place in the world, seeking answers to difficult questions, and staying on the right path in our faith journey. In John 14:15-21, Jesus offers us a powerful promise in the form of the Holy Spirit – a guide, a protector, and a comforter who will never leave us alone. This is a vital topic for teenagers, as they navigate the challenges of adolescence and develop their personal relationship with God.
- John 14:15-18 (NIV)
- John 14:19-20 (NIV)
- John 14:26-27 (NIV)
Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit to those who love Him and obey His commandments (v. 15-16). The Holy Spirit is a gift from God that will dwell inside believers (v. 17). This means that as Christians, we will never be alone – the Holy Spirit is always with us.
Jesus tells His disciples that the world will not see him again, but they will (v. 19-20). This is a reference to Jesus’ soon-coming death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit will serve as a reminder of Jesus, bringing His teachings and His presence to our hearts and minds.
The Holy Spirit will teach us all things and remind us of everything Jesus said (v. 26). This means that the Holy Spirit is a powerful teacher and guide. He will help us understand the Bible and apply its truths to our lives.
Youth Group Discussion Questions
1. Why do you think Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to believers?
2. What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit living inside of us?
3. How has the Holy Spirit helped you in your faith journey?
4. How can we develop a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit?
Youth Group Game: Holy Spirit Scavenger Hunt
Materials needed: Printed list of clues, pens
Instructions: Divide the group into teams of 3-4. Give each team a copy of the clue list and a pen. Instruct them to read the clue and search for the item that corresponds with the answer.
- A piece of candy with a red wrapper (symbolizes the Holy Spirit’s fiery presence)
- A rock or stone (symbolizes the Holy Spirit’s strength and protection)
- A feather or wind chime (symbolizes the Holy Spirit’s gentle presence)
- A Bible with a bookmark in Acts 2 (symbolizes the Holy Spirit’s arrival on the day of Pentecost)
Dear God, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit – a constant reminder of your love, your teachings, and your faithfulness. Help us grow closer to you each day, guided by the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and comfort. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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