I. The work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:1-16) 圣灵的工作(约翰福音16:1-16)
A. Times of persecution will come (1-4) 逼迫的时候将会到来（1-4）
Jesus told his disciples in John 15 that the world would hate them just as the world hated Jesus. Why did Jesus tell his disciples these things?
Normally we would think that such troubling news would lead the disciples to choose an easier path in life. Why would knowing about future suffering help the disciples to not go astray?
What types of sufferings did Jesus tell his followers they would face?
Why do people persecute Jesus’ disciples?
Can you think of some examples today where people actually believe they are serving God by persecuting his followers?
B. The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth (5-15) 圣灵引领我们进入一切真理（5-15）
Jesus gave the disciples another reason why it would be good for him to visibly leave them. What reason was that?
What are some ways in which the Holy Spirit convicts the world?
How were Jesus’ words about the Spirit’s work fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost? (See Acts 2:36-37)
What were some of the factors why the disciples could not bear at this time to hear the additional things Jesus needed to tell them?
What are some of the factors today that prevent people from knowing and understanding God’s word and will?
The Catholic Church teaches that church traditions are as true and valid as the Bible. They use John 16:12 as a proof passage. They claim that Jesus promised the church continued revelations throughout its history. How would you respond?
Why is the gift of the Holy Spirit so important in our lives? (See 1 Corinthians 2:9 & 12:3)
II. Our grief will turn to joy (John 16:16-33) 我们的忧愁将转为喜乐（约翰福音16:16-33）
A. Jesus explains our time of grief and our time of joy (16-24) 耶稣说明我们忧愁的时候和喜乐的时候（16-24）
What are the two “little whiles” that Jesus speaks of in verse 16?
Explain the parable Jesus used in verse 21?
What are some ways God turns initial grief into joy in our lives today?
Up to this time, when the disciples needed something, they went to Jesus. In the future they would go directly to the Father. What change would occur that allowed this to happen?
Explain the confidence that Jesus gives you as you call on God the Father in prayer?
B. Jesus speaks plainly to his disciples (25-33) 耶稣向祂的门徒清楚明白的说话（25-33）
What else did Jesus tell his disciples about their new relationship with God the Father?
What beliefs about Jesus did the disciples express in verses 29-30?
What warning did Jesus give about the events that His disciples would encounter very soon?
What assurance does Jesus give to all his followers when we suffer in his name?
What does Jesus mean when he says “I have overcome the world?”