Unstoppable Guidance.


Quick Reminders:

  1. All born-again believers have the Holy Spirit.

  2. One of the things the Holy Spirit does is Guide believers.

  3. Rom 8:14 - For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

  4. You can Resist, or Follow, His guidance.

Two ways to Resist:

  • Grieving the Spirit:

    Eph 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

  • Quenching the Spirit:

    1 Thes 5:19 - Do not quench the Spirit.

I Will Follow the Holy Spirit When I Drop Some Things.

  1. I must drop my personal Rights. (Acts 16:1-5)

    Phil 2:6-7 - ...who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

  2. I must drop my personal Plans. (Acts 16:6-10)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Acts 16:1-10

  1. Why did Paul get Timothy circumcised after the church leaders just said that wasn't necessary for salvation (Acts 16:1, 11)? What does this say about us "laying down our rights" for the sake of the Gospel?
  2. What "rights" do Christians sometimes hold on to - that should be let go of - for the sake of the Gospel? Be specific.
  3. In what ways does the Holy Spirit guide someone? Again: Be specific. How can you tell the difference between the Spirit speaking and "that was just your imagination"?
  4. Why would God say NO to something good, like doing mission work in a certain area (Acts 16:6-7)? What does this say about when God tells you NO about doing something, even something good?

Bonus Question: 5 - Explain grieving the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30) and quenching the Holy Spirit (1 Thes 5:19). What is the difference between the two?

Breakout Questions:

What is the Holy Spirit telling YOU to do, or to NOT do? Be specific. Pray for clarity in direction and faith to obey.