How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

John 14:1-14 (ESV)

1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Recall from Sunday:

John 14:1-3 – We find a safe place in God’s presence…

John 14:4-11 – …by following Jesus in faith…

John 14:12-14 – …toward greater works.

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

Our feelings of God’s presence in our lives often wax and wane. When God feels distant, how do you grow closer to him again? What has worked in the past?

Jesus says, “if you ask me anything in my name, I will do it,” (John 14:14) but we’ve all had prayers God has said “no” to. What do you think this promise means? If it’s not a blank check to spend on stuff we want, how can we still take hope from this passage? What situation in your life does this apply to today?

Jesus also says everyone who believes in him will do greater works than he did (John 14:12). Did you know that promise applies to you? What does that mean you should expect as you try to follow Jesus in your life?

Is there someone in our group or connected to our group that needs to be reminded of the presence of God in their life? How can we show them this week that God is still with them?

If Jesus expects that we will do greater works than he, and he’s committing to putting all of God’s divine resources at our disposal for the mission he’s given us, then he’s giving us permission to dream big about what he can accomplish in our homes, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our schools. Has God been calling you or your group to something outside your resources or comfort zone? What steps can you take to start stepping into that calling?