Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes – 4/7/2019
Persecuted by the World John 15:18-16:4a


The Upper Room Discourse occurs after Jesus establishes ________________ & is comforting His disciples

The disciples are to love one another as _________loved them – the same standard applies to us

Americans still tend to be pragmatic, but have lost much of their __________

Evangelists & pastors today often tend to _______________the gospel in order to attract more people

The gospel message is about God’s __________in redeeming and changing sinful man to become righteous

The Hatred of the WorldJohn 15:18-21

Hatred for Christ

The hatred of the religious leaders for Christ began with their hatred of His ____________- John the Baptist

Jesus’ message of repentance was the same and their hatred ____________over the course of His ministry

Jesus’ message came from the Father, but in jealousy they ____________ both His message and Him

People still ________ Christ for similar reasons – exposure of their own sinfulness, desire for autonomy

Hatred for His Followers

Those who hate Jesus will hate His ______________ for similar reasons

People love those that are like themselves and ____________ those that are not like them

The world loves those that live by its standards, but hates those that _____________its teachings and values

______________ a person treats Jesus is how he will treat His followers

People hate Jesus and His followers because they ___________________ God the Father who sent Him

2 Timothy 3:12 and John 16:33 are not pleasant revelations, but they are _____________

Success as a Christian will be marked by _________________to Christ – and persecution from the ungodly

It is negligence to not explain all the consequences of following Christ – including the ______________ones

The Witnesses that CondemnJohn 15:22-25

Witness of Speech (22-23).

The law already condemned them for their sin – Jesus’ teaching ____________their sin & removed excuses

Their claim to love the Father was proven ____________ by their hatred of His Son

Witness of Actions (24).

The miracles Jesus did could only come from _______, so they increased their culpability & left no excuses

Instead of praising God for Jesus’ physics defying miracles, they accused Him of doing it by ____________

Witness of Scripture (25)

Psalm 35:19 or Psalm 69:4 – they hated Jesus ____________________ other than their own sinfulness

The Witness of the SpiritJohn 15:26

The witness of Jesus would be _________________ after His departure by the witness of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus (John 15:26) and the ____________ (John 14:26)

Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit proceed from the ___________ (John 15:26; John 8:42)

Galatians 4:6; Philippians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:11 – the Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of _______ / Christ

The eternal Godhead is __________- One Godhead existing in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Jesus again calls the Holy Spirit the “Spirit of ___________” and the Helper – one who comes alongside

The Witness of the DisciplesJohn 15:27

Jesus commands them to ____________of Him as eyewitnesses – though that would have been frightening

The Holy Spirit would help them – and after Pentecost, they were very _________ in proclaiming Jesus

1 John 1:1-2 – The apostle describes his own _____________ with Jesus

We are also to testify of the apostolic witness in the Scriptures and about our own ____________with Christ

Prepared for the FutureJohn 16:1-4

What Jesus said did ________to the Apostles – but they were not shaken because Jesus told them in advance

Peter and the other Apostles became bold in their preaching – and _________even when suffering for Christ

Christians are still _________________ today – but we press on to live holy lives and proclaim Jesus


Persecution may be physical, but it also comes in many other forms – mocking, _______, discrimination, etc.

If you are without persecution in some form, then why?

If it is God’s graciousness, then __________ Him for His mercy to you

If it is because you are too much like the world, then pray for God to ___________you and step out in faith

Matthew 5:10-12 – ____________are the persecuted. Do not fear the fellowship of His suffering (Phil. 3:10)

Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – Do one or more of the following: 1) Count how many times the word “world” is used 2) Talk with your parents about what it means to be persecuted for Jesus’ sake. How have they dealt with persecution?

Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. What is the context of John 15:18-6:4? How has pragmatism changed the proclamation of the gospel? Why did Jesus warn the disciples about future persecution? Why did the Jewish religious leaders hate Jesus? Why do people hate Jesus now? Why do people hate Jesus’ followers? Have people hated you since becoming a Christian? What will happen to those who strive to live godly in Christ Jesus? How does persecution fit in with the presentation of the gospel? Should you warn people you are witnessing to about persecution they may receive if they follow Christ? Why or why not? What did Jesus mean in verses 22 that “they would not have sin” if He had not spoken to them / done works among them? What did Jesus speech / works bring upon them? How did their hatred toward Jesus fulfill Scripture? What purpose is given in verse 26 about the coming of the Holy Spirit? What would He do? Where does the Holy Spirit come from? Did the disciples obey Jesus’ command to be His witnesses? What effect did Jesus warning have on them when they were persecuted? Do you experience persecution? If so, why and how? If not, why not?