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Wonderful Counselor

December 3, 2017

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him". (John 3:16-17, ESV)

 

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14, ESV)

 

"6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this." (Isaiah 9:6-7, ESV)

 

GOD'S LOVE FOR US IS PROFOUNDLY DEEP!

 

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given..." 

 

"Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end..." 

 

"But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8, ESV) 

 

"The strongest consolations in time of trouble are those which are borrowed from Christ: our relation to Him, our interest in Him, and our expectations of Him and from Him" ~ Matthew Henry

 

OUR SAVIOR IS GREATER THAN WE CAN FULLY COMPREHEND. 

 

"... His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor..." 

 

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think..." (Ephesians 3:20, ESV)

 

"Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God" (2 Corinthians 3:5, ESV)

 

WE CAN TRUST OUR SAVIOR TO GUIDE US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

 

"... His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor..."

 

"14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:14-16, ESV)

 

"In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." (Proverbs 3:6, ESV)

 

Week 1 - Wonderful Counselor

 

Sunday’s message showed us that Jesus is indeed a wonderful counselor.  Specifically that He gives us guidance and that we can trust Him to listen to our problems and guide us in the correct direction. But what happened when he left earth to return to heaven? Today’s study will show just how loving a wonderful counselor Jesus is as well as how important the role of counselor is in the life of a believer.

   1. As a group, turn to John 14:15-17.  What is happening here in this passage?

 

   2. As a group turn to John 16:5-15. Focus on v5-7. How do these verses support what Jesus said in John 14:15-17?

 

   3. Now, look at v8-15.  What is the role of the Holy Spirit?

 

So when Jesus returned to Heaven,  we are given another another Counselor--the Holy Spirit. Now we must ask ourselves, what was Jesus so passionate about sending the Holy Spirit to be our counselor once he returned to heaven.  Let’s take a closer look!  Look at the verses in the following chart and notice the Holy Spirits Influence in Jesus’ ministry.

 

 

 

4.  After reviewing these verses, why do you think that Jesus was so adamant and proactive about the Holy Spirit coming to take His place as our counselor?

 

5.  Finally, look  back at John 14:16.  As a group, discuss the importance and meaning of the phrase “to be with you forever” (ESV).

 

Impact Statement

Jesus is such a loving and wonderful counselor that He wanted for us, what He knew to be important and influential in His own ministry--the counsel and direction of the Holy Spirit. The difference in the role of the Holy Spirit starting at the ascension of Christ is that the Holy Spirit will come to remain-- dwelling inside the believer at the start of pentecost--in order t be the ever present counselor in our lives.  How wonderful of a counselor was Jesus--He asked the father directly for the Holy Spirit to come and remain with us once He ascended to heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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