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DISCIPLESHIP, A HOSTILE WORLD, AND THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST (Message #3 * John 15) 06-28-2015

1. Discipleship in a Hostile World: vs18 - 20 → the world’s response to Christ’s disciples is the same as their response to Christ Himself vs21 - 25 → the world has rejected God’s revelation & hates Jesus without cause vs26 - 16v4 → be Spirit-empowered witnesses who are on guard & do not fall away 2. The Supremacy of Jesus Christ (highlights of His farewell discourse) Jn 13 → Jesus our Lord & Teacher was a servant: so wash each other’s feet Jn 14 → Christ is the way, the truth & the life and He will return: so believe in Him & don’t be troubled in heart Jn 15:1ff → Jesus is the true vine: so abide in Him as He abides in us Jn 15:9ff → Christ laid down His life for us: so love one another as He has loved us Jn 15 & 16 → Jesus chose us out of a hostile world & sent the Holy Spirit: so be His spirit-empowered witnesses Jn 16 & 17 → Christ has overcome the world & manifests His glory thru us: so live with His triumphant peace as His united witnesses to the world 3. Discipleship in Today’s Culture (a few things to do & not to do) ● Don’t complain louder than we witness: suffer well for the gospel ● Don’t talk about “persecution” as if it’s never happened in the U.S. before: recognize the suffering of other people groups & be servants to them ● Don’t compromise or give up: hold fast to the gospel while standing up for social justice & religious freedom ● Don’t ignore or be overly influenced by Hollywood, politics, or the media: engage the culture & preach the cross ● Don’t be driven by fear or hate: be courageous gospel witnesses by speaking the truth in love as we focus on the supremacy of Christ

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ABIDING IN JESUS' LOVE AND LOVING ONE ANOTHER (Message #2/3 * John 15:9-17) 06-14-2015

1. Abide in Jesus’ Love ● because He has loved us (just as the Father has loved Him) ● by keeping His commandments ● that His joy may be in us and that our joy may be full 2. Love One Another: ● as Jesus has loved us ● because Jesus has called us friends, giving us revelation from the Father ● because Jesus chose us to go and bear abiding fruit Additional Notes A Comparison of John 15 vs1-8 with vs9-17 (adapted from D.A. Carson; with other insights included) vs1-8 ● Further explained & complimented by vs9-17 vs1-3 & 9-10 ● an Emphasis on Jesus & His Father vs4-5 & 14-16 ● a Focus on Jesus & His disciples vs4-7 & 9-10 ● Abiding in Christ & abiding in His love vs5 & 16 ● Fruitfulness as the disciples’ goal vs7 & 10-14 ● Abiding in Christ & His love thru His word & obedience vs7-8 & 16 ● Fruitfulness thru abiding-obedience & abiding-prayer vs1 & 15 ● Reveal a change in theological perspective/salvation history → Israel gives way to Jesus as the true Vine (v1) → “Servants” give way to “Friends” (v15)

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