Text

John 14:1-18

Focus

Hope for the troubled heart

Summary

The disciples are in crisis. Jesus is going to be arrested, tried in a sham trial and murdered on a cross. They are confused disappointed and fearful.

He tells them truths that they and we can tap into when we find ourselves in crisis:

  • There is Heaven
  • There is a Father who loves us
  • There is Prayer
  • There is the Holy Spirit

Discussion Questions

  1. What stood out to you from the message?

     

  2. What comes to mind when you think of heaven?
    How does the thought of heaven and what waits for you, help you weather the storms of life?
    Can you give an example?

     

  3. How does Jesus describe his “Father’s house”?
    What does God’s house represent?
    How does this statement serve as an anchor of hope for us and the disciples?
    Does the thought that there are lots of rooms in heaven give you hope?
    How does the idea that there is room for you to dwell with God forever give you peace in your life today?

     

  4. Read verses 12-14.
    What promise does Jesus make to anyone who has faith?
    What do these verses teach about the importance of prayer?

     

  5. Read 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Thess 1:11-12.
    What is the purpose of Prayer?
    Why do we pray “in Jesus’ name”?

     

  6. Read vss 16 & 17.
    What does Jesus mean when He says “I will send you a helper”?
    How does this help us when we are in crisis?

Conclusion

Are you experiencing a crisis?
Are you troubled in heart?
Do you feel the stress and the weight of the world on your shoulders?
Are you tired and feeling beat down by the world?

If so, remember that:

  1. There is the promise of heaven and Jesus is preparing a place for you;
  2. He loves you and is coming back to get you;
  3. You can put your faith completely in him; and
  4. His Holy Spirit indwells you and is there to defend and protect you.