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 World – John 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
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 Condemn – John 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)
The Witness of the Spirit – John 15:26
The witness of Jesus would be _________________ after His departure by the witness of the Holy Spirit
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 Disciples – John 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 Future – John 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?
THINK ABOUT IT!
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?