John 15:1-17_Abide in My Love
Passage: John 15:1-17
Sections, Scripture Passages, Quotes:
Seek to show the reasonableness & desirability of christianity by communicating the brilliance and beauty of Jesus & the gospel – Two Tasks Institute
John 15 emphasizes that neither doctrine nor ethics can alone define Christian discipleship. It reminds us that remaining in Christ, having an interior experience of Jesus (as a branch is nourished and strengthened by a vine), is a nonnegotiable feature of following Jesus. – Gary Burge
v/1-11 – Relationship with Jesus – Abide (Make our Home With)
v/4 “Abide in me” – remain, continue/stick with; abode – place of residence; “make your home with”
Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
We Make Our Home with Jesus by being with him—> ENJOYING Jesus
1.38-39 Where are you staying? Come and you will see. So they came and saw where he was staying and they stayed with him that day
We Make Our Home with Jesus by learning from him—>LEARNING from Jesus
4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word.
We Make Our Home with Jesus through Communion —> WORSHIPPING Jesus
6:56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
8:31 If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(5) We Make Our Home with Jesus by Keeping His Command of Loving One Another – Jesus BODY
15:9, 12 – Abide in my love…this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
‘joy is the gigantic secret of the Christian’ – G.K. Chesterton
Jesus wants our joy, not our heaviness; our peace and relaxation which are the clearest accompaniments of joy, not our grinding of teeth. I can find joy in Jesus’ commands only when I can believe that he is satisfied, indeed, that he is pleased when we disciples want to be his faithful disciples, even when we very often honestly feel that we do not really measure up. – Frederich Bruener
V/12-17 – Relationship with church – Love
Sacrificial love in friendship v12-13
Shared purpose in friendship (mutuality) v14-15
Encouragement in friendship v/16