Power Styles

Hook: How do people exercise personal power in positive or negative ways?

Book: While the religious leadership was abusing its power behind the scenes to harm Jesus, He went front and center to reveal the true source of His power, the Holy Spirit. Jesus used the procession of the high priest to get water for the altar during the feast as an opportunity to introduce the future empowering of the Holy Spirit as streams of living water. Can you see the freshness and power in the imagery of a stream? In contrast to what the leaders were trying to do in the shadows, the power of the Spirit will bring beauty, refreshment, and momentum to all who drink.

Took: What does the Lord’s example reveal about the Spirit’s style? How can you keep yourself from adopting human power styles?