Sermon Response October 15, 2017   The Text: John 17:13-26   In John 17, Jesus prays for Himself – that He would be glorified by His death, and He prays for His disciples – that they would be one, and He prays for future believers. In this prayer, He reveals the purpose and mission He has for His disciples.  Discuss:    Why do you think we are slow to make disciples when we know that we are supposed to do it?    Read John 17:13: Why would these words that Jesus prays in John 17 bring us complete joy?    Read John 17:14-19: What does it mean to be “of the world”? What does it mean to be “out of the world”? Which one do you tend to lean towards? Why would Jesus not want us to be either one?    What does it look like to be sent “into the world”? How can we do that and not lose our integrity as followers of Jesus? How would this change our effectiveness as disciple-makers?    Read John 17:20-26: How does being “one” with Jesus help us fulfill our mission? How does it help the world “believe” and “know” that Jesus is God’s Son?    Respond:    Name the people in your life who need to know Jesus or who need someone to walk with them so they can grow in their faith.    List ways in which you can approach them, invest in them, meet with them, disciple them.    How can you learn to “abide” with Jesus more so that you can be a more effective disciple-maker?    Choose to do one thing that you listed above with one person that you listed above. Tell the group what and who.    Prayer  Lord Jesus, I know that you have called me to make disciples, and that you have placed people in my life who need to know you. Please help me to be strong and bold with the help of your Spirit, so that I can speak the truth of the Gospel to my family, my friends, my co-workers, my neighbors. I pray that they will respond to the truth of your word and the good news that you died to save them. Don’t let me give up if they do not respond, but let me walk with them and     do life with them and love them so that when they are ready, they might respond. Amen. 

Sermon Response October 15, 2017

The Text: John 17:13-26

In John 17, Jesus prays for Himself – that He would be glorified by His death, and He prays for His disciples – that they would be one, and He prays for future believers. In this prayer, He reveals the purpose and mission He has for His disciples.

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think we are slow to make disciples when we know that we are supposed to do it?

  2. Read John 17:13: Why would these words that Jesus prays in John 17 bring us complete joy?

  3. Read John 17:14-19: What does it mean to be “of the world”? What does it mean to be “out of the world”? Which one do you tend to lean towards? Why would Jesus not want us to be either one?

  4. What does it look like to be sent “into the world”? How can we do that and not lose our integrity as followers of Jesus? How would this change our effectiveness as disciple-makers?

  5. Read John 17:20-26: How does being “one” with Jesus help us fulfill our mission? How does it help the world “believe” and “know” that Jesus is God’s Son?

Respond:

  1. Name the people in your life who need to know Jesus or who need someone to walk with them so they can grow in their faith.

  2. List ways in which you can approach them, invest in them, meet with them, disciple them.

  3. How can you learn to “abide” with Jesus more so that you can be a more effective disciple-maker?

  4. Choose to do one thing that you listed above with one person that you listed above. Tell the group what and who.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I know that you have called me to make disciples, and that you have placed people in my life who need to know you. Please help me to be strong and bold with the help of your Spirit, so that I can speak the truth of the Gospel to my family, my friends, my co-workers, my neighbors. I pray that they will respond to the truth of your word and the good news that you died to save them. Don’t let me give up if they do not respond, but let me walk with them and

 

do life with them and love them so that when they are ready, they might respond. Amen. 

      Sermon Response October 09, 2017   The Text: Read John 17:6-12   Discuss:    Why is it so important for Jesus to emphasize that everything he has, has come from the Father?    If you were Jesus would you have prayed for anything else for your disciples? What?    Why do you think Jesus prayed specifically for his disciples to be “one”?    When Jesus says he doesn’t want to lose anyone. What does he mean?    Respond:    Have you ever experience disunity within the church? What was the result?    How can you or your homegroup be better united with the “Church” as a whole?    3. Have you ever experienced a crisis of faith? Explain.  Prayer  Lord may we be a unified body of believers pursuing your purpose and walking in your blessings. 

Sermon Response October 09, 2017

The Text: Read John 17:6-12

Discuss:

  1. Why is it so important for Jesus to emphasize that everything he has, has come from the Father?

  2. If you were Jesus would you have prayed for anything else for your disciples? What?

  3. Why do you think Jesus prayed specifically for his disciples to be “one”?

  4. When Jesus says he doesn’t want to lose anyone. What does he mean?

Respond:

  1. Have you ever experience disunity within the church? What was the result?

  2. How can you or your homegroup be better united with the “Church” as a whole?

3. Have you ever experienced a crisis of faith? Explain.

Prayer

Lord may we be a unified body of believers pursuing your purpose and walking in your blessings. 

      Sermon Response October 02, 2017   The Text: Read John 17:1-5   Discuss:    What posture do you use for prayer?    Why does Jesus think that by glorifying himself he can glorify the Father?    If someone asked you what is eternal life? How would you answer them?    4. Why do you think Jesus spoke in language that made it seem as if he had already completed his task?  Respond:    When you pray do you pray in a way that seeks to glorify God? Explain.    When you think of what Jesus did for you on the cross what emotions/actions do you feel/do?    3. How will you give all glory, honor, power, and praise to Jesus this week?  Prayer  Jesus we thank you for your work and the eternal life it brings. Let us bring you glory every day. 

Sermon Response October 02, 2017

The Text: Read John 17:1-5

Discuss:

  1. What posture do you use for prayer?

  2. Why does Jesus think that by glorifying himself he can glorify the Father?

  3. If someone asked you what is eternal life? How would you answer them?

4. Why do you think Jesus spoke in language that made it seem as if he had already completed his task?

Respond:

  1. When you pray do you pray in a way that seeks to glorify God? Explain.

  2. When you think of what Jesus did for you on the cross what emotions/actions do you feel/do?

3. How will you give all glory, honor, power, and praise to Jesus this week?

Prayer

Jesus we thank you for your work and the eternal life it brings. Let us bring you glory every day. 

      Sermon Response September 25, 2017   The Text: Read John 16:23-33   Discuss:    What figurative language has Jesus used up to this point?    What do you think made the disciples declare their belief in Jesus?    What does Jesus mean when he says, “I have overcome the world?”    Respond:  1. How do you personally react to Jesus’ statement that he has overcome the world?    How does the work of Jesus on the cross cause you to personally “take heart”? Explain.    What area(s) of your life do you currently need Jesus to overcome?    4. If Jesus were to overcome those areas, how do you think he would do so?  Prayer  Give us the faith to know that you have overcome the world. 

Sermon Response September 25, 2017

The Text: Read John 16:23-33

Discuss:

  1. What figurative language has Jesus used up to this point?

  2. What do you think made the disciples declare their belief in Jesus?

  3. What does Jesus mean when he says, “I have overcome the world?”

Respond:

1. How do you personally react to Jesus’ statement that he has overcome the world?

  1. How does the work of Jesus on the cross cause you to personally “take heart”? Explain.

  2. What area(s) of your life do you currently need Jesus to overcome?

4. If Jesus were to overcome those areas, how do you think he would do so?

Prayer

Give us the faith to know that you have overcome the world. 

      Sermon Response September 18, 2017   The Text: Read      Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.      James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.   Discuss:      What are the main differences between “Teaching” and “Admonishing”?    What are some examples in Scripture of a person growing in Christ through the relationship they have with another follower?    What are biblical areas in which a person needs to grow to look more like Christ?    Respond:    Who are the people in your life that can tell you NO, and you will listen?    Give an example of a person in your life that you can say is clearly responsible for a season of growth in your walk with the Lord?    Do you desire to grow spiritually? If you are not currently growing what do you think is holding you back?    4. Is there someone you know that could be a mentor or pastor in your life? How can you start to develop a relationship with them?  Prayer  God show each of us our need for men and women that will push us and help us look more like your Son Jesus. May we constantly strive for growth and may you give us the grace to live each day for you glory. 

Sermon Response September 18, 2017

The Text: Read

  • Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

  • James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

    Discuss:

  1. What are the main differences between “Teaching” and “Admonishing”?

  2. What are some examples in Scripture of a person growing in Christ through the relationship they have with another follower?

  3. What are biblical areas in which a person needs to grow to look more like Christ?

Respond:

  1. Who are the people in your life that can tell you NO, and you will listen?

  2. Give an example of a person in your life that you can say is clearly responsible for a season of growth in your walk with the Lord?

  3. Do you desire to grow spiritually? If you are not currently growing what do you think is holding you back?

4. Is there someone you know that could be a mentor or pastor in your life? How can you start to develop a relationship with them?

Prayer

God show each of us our need for men and women that will push us and help us look more like your Son Jesus. May we constantly strive for growth and may you give us the grace to live each day for you glory. 

      Sermon Response September 11, 2017   The Text: Read      Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.      Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.      1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.      Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.   Discuss:      Why do you think the bible puts so much emphasis on how we are to live with one another?    Why do you think the “church” has been seen as place where people get hurt? Has this ever happened to you?    3. In an ideal world how should the “church” treat one another?  Respond:    Do you have people who “know” you? How long have you known these people and how did they come to be your people?    Is the church a place where you find the people who know you? Why or why not.    Are you there for people when they need you? Why or why not.    4. What do you need to do this week to better “know” or be “known” by others?  Prayer  God surround us with people who will be there when we are in seasons of need. Let us be the kind of people that help carry the burdens of others and encourage those around us. May we be a light to the people in our life. 

Sermon Response September 11, 2017

The Text: Read

  • Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

  • Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

    Discuss:

  1. Why do you think the bible puts so much emphasis on how we are to live with one another?

  2. Why do you think the “church” has been seen as place where people get hurt? Has this ever happened to you?

3. In an ideal world how should the “church” treat one another?

Respond:

  1. Do you have people who “know” you? How long have you known these people and how did they come to be your people?

  2. Is the church a place where you find the people who know you? Why or why not.

  3. Are you there for people when they need you? Why or why not.

4. What do you need to do this week to better “know” or be “known” by others?

Prayer

God surround us with people who will be there when we are in seasons of need. Let us be the kind of people that help carry the burdens of others and encourage those around us. May we be a light to the people in our life. 

      Sermon Response September 4, 2017   The Text: Read John 16:16-22   Jesus lets his disciples know the time has come for him to go. When he leaves they will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. But Jesus gives them the most beautiful of promises... their grief will turn to joy and no one will be able to take it from them.  Discuss:    Why do you think Jesus used the term “A little while?    When the Jesus says the world will rejoice... What will they world be rejoicing?    What will the disciples be mourning?    Respond:  1. Have you ever experienced Jesus turn your grief to joy? Explain.    Do you feel like the promise Jesus gave his disciples applies to you? Why or why not.    I believe that the way Jesus turns grief to joy is by allowing us, through faith, to see suffering in a different light. Have you ever seen suffering produce joy in your life? Explain.    4. How does God need to change you, so you can experience joy even in times of grief?  Prayer  God flip the script on grief and suffering! Give us the grace to see suffering through the eyes of faith and allow us to walk through these seasons with hope. May our joy in you never be taken away. 

Sermon Response September 4, 2017

The Text: Read John 16:16-22

Jesus lets his disciples know the time has come for him to go. When he leaves they will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. But Jesus gives them the most beautiful of promises... their grief will turn to joy and no one will be able to take it from them.

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Jesus used the term “A little while?

  2. When the Jesus says the world will rejoice... What will they world be rejoicing?

  3. What will the disciples be mourning?

Respond:

1. Have you ever experienced Jesus turn your grief to joy? Explain.

  1. Do you feel like the promise Jesus gave his disciples applies to you? Why or why not.

  2. I believe that the way Jesus turns grief to joy is by allowing us, through faith, to see suffering in a different light. Have you ever seen suffering produce joy in your life? Explain.

4. How does God need to change you, so you can experience joy even in times of grief?

Prayer

God flip the script on grief and suffering! Give us the grace to see suffering through the eyes of faith and allow us to walk through these seasons with hope. May our joy in you never be taken away. 

      Sermon Response August 28, 2017   The Text: Read John 16:1-15   Jesus tells his disciples one more time that they will face extreme persecution and then he reminds them of the tremendous help the promised Holy Spirit will be in keeping their faith through the trials. The comfort will be for the disciples personally along with the aid the Holy Spirit will provide for the disciples to carry out their mission.  Discuss:  1. Why is being put out of the synagog significant?  2. How does the Holy Sprit “prove” or convict the world of their wrong?  3. Why is it significant that Jesus lays out the order of truth the way he does? (God tells Jesus, Jesus tells the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit tells the disciples)  Respond:  1. Describe a time when you felt the Holy Spirit convict you of truth?  2. Have you ever felt like God was speaking through you to help someone else? Explain.  3. Do you currently depend on the Holy Spirit to help you fulfill the mission? Why or why not.  4. What do you need to do this week to better live on mission? Is there someone in your life that you need to be praying for the Holy Spirit to convict?  Prayer God thank you for the Holy Spirit. By your strength may we daily live on mission and may we glorify you!

Sermon Response August 28, 2017

The Text: Read John 16:1-15

Jesus tells his disciples one more time that they will face extreme persecution and then he reminds them of the tremendous help the promised Holy Spirit will be in keeping their faith through the trials. The comfort will be for the disciples personally along with the aid the Holy Spirit will provide for the disciples to carry out their mission.

Discuss:

1. Why is being put out of the synagog significant?

2. How does the Holy Sprit “prove” or convict the world of their wrong?

3. Why is it significant that Jesus lays out the order of truth the way he does? (God tells Jesus, Jesus tells the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit tells the disciples)

Respond:

1. Describe a time when you felt the Holy Spirit convict you of truth?

2. Have you ever felt like God was speaking through you to help someone else? Explain.

3. Do you currently depend on the Holy Spirit to help you fulfill the mission? Why or why not.

4. What do you need to do this week to better live on mission? Is there someone in your life that you need to be praying for the Holy Spirit to convict?

Prayer God thank you for the Holy Spirit. By your strength may we daily live on mission and may we glorify you!

      August 20, 2017  Don’t Lose Heart   The Text: John 15:18-16:4   In John 15, Jesus continues to comfort his disciples by telling them to remain (abide) in Him. He promises that if they remain in Him, they will bear much fruit, and He show them what that looks like – obeying His commandments and loving one another. But then in verse 18, he tells them that if they truly are His disciples, they will be hated by those who don’t follow Him. He isn’t trying to discourage them, but He is trying to prepare them so that they won’t lose heart and fall away.  Discuss:    Read John 15:18-21: Why do you think the “world” (those who are estranged from God) hate followers of Jesus? What are some justified reasons for them to hate us? What affect does that have on our willingness to follow Jesus?    What do you think it means to be “of the world”? In what ways does the “world” love its own?    Read John 15:22-25; 16:2-3: Have you ever experienced the hatred of the world? Have you ever been hurt, criticized or persecuted by people who claimed to follow Jesus? How did this make you feel?    Read John 5:26-27; 16:1, 4: Our response to hate is to keep focusing on and following Jesus – to look like Jesus, even to those who hate us. Why is this so difficult?    Respond:    List ways that you can “bear witness” about Jesus to those who hate you.    List some ways in which you can better obey Jesus’ commands and in which you  can love others – even those who might hate you.    What can you do to prepare for people’s hatred, so that you won’t lose heart,  give up and fall away?    List simple acts of love that you can do that will change the world.       Prayer  Lord Jesus, I want to abide in You and follow you all the days of my life. It is difficult when people reject me, persecute me or even hate me because I want to be liked. But I would rather be accepted by You than by man, so help me to remain strong and to not fall away. Help me to bear much fruit by obeying your commands and by loving everyone, especially those who come against me because I am trying to follow You. May I always testify about You and what you are doing in me and through me, even if it causes me to be rejected. Remind me that they are rejecting You, not me. Keep me from being unkind, intolerant and hateful to the world. Let me show the love you have shown me always. Amen. 

August 20, 2017

Don’t Lose Heart

The Text: John 15:18-16:4

In John 15, Jesus continues to comfort his disciples by telling them to remain (abide) in Him. He promises that if they remain in Him, they will bear much fruit, and He show them what that looks like – obeying His commandments and loving one another. But then in verse 18, he tells them that if they truly are His disciples, they will be hated by those who don’t follow Him. He isn’t trying to discourage them, but He is trying to prepare them so that they won’t lose heart and fall away.

Discuss:

  1. Read John 15:18-21: Why do you think the “world” (those who are estranged from God) hate followers of Jesus? What are some justified reasons for them to hate us? What affect does that have on our willingness to follow Jesus?

  2. What do you think it means to be “of the world”? In what ways does the “world” love its own?

  3. Read John 15:22-25; 16:2-3: Have you ever experienced the hatred of the world? Have you ever been hurt, criticized or persecuted by people who claimed to follow Jesus? How did this make you feel?

  4. Read John 5:26-27; 16:1, 4: Our response to hate is to keep focusing on and following Jesus – to look like Jesus, even to those who hate us. Why is this so difficult?

Respond:

  1. List ways that you can “bear witness” about Jesus to those who hate you.

  2. List some ways in which you can better obey Jesus’ commands and in which you

    can love others – even those who might hate you.

  3. What can you do to prepare for people’s hatred, so that you won’t lose heart,

    give up and fall away?

  4. List simple acts of love that you can do that will change the world.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I want to abide in You and follow you all the days of my life. It is difficult when people reject me, persecute me or even hate me because I want to be liked. But I would rather be accepted by You than by man, so help me to remain strong and to not fall away. Help me to bear much fruit by obeying your commands and by loving everyone, especially those who come against me because I am trying to follow You. May I always testify about You and what you are doing in me and through me, even if it causes me to be rejected. Remind me that they are rejecting You, not me. Keep me from being unkind, intolerant and hateful to the world. Let me show the love you have shown me always. Amen. 

      August 14, 2017   The   Text: Read John 15:9-17   Jesus commands his disciples to love, to love well, and to love as he does. He tells his disciples that He learned to love from His Father and that they have now been shown how to love by Him. The way the disciples are to show love to one another is though obeying the commands of God and laying down their lives. This costly kind of love comes with a great three fold reward.  Discuss:    How does Jesus define love?    Can you think of any other commands from God that come with promised rewards?    What do you think the disciples would have been thinking when Jesus called them friends and not servants?    Respond:    What does laying down ones life look like in your opinion?    Why is the command to love as Jesus loved so important to follow? How are you doing at obeying this command?    One reward for loving like Jesus is complete joy. Do you currently experience this reward in your life? Explain.    One reward for loving like Jesus is friendship with your savior. Do you currently experience this reward in your life? Explain.    5. One reward for loving like Jesus is answered prayer. Do you currently experience this reward in your life? Explain.  Prayer  God thank you for showing us true love in the form of your Son Jesus. Give us grace and strength to love as you love. Help us love in such a way as to change the world around us. 

August 14, 2017

The Text: Read John 15:9-17

Jesus commands his disciples to love, to love well, and to love as he does. He tells his disciples that He learned to love from His Father and that they have now been shown how to love by Him. The way the disciples are to show love to one another is though obeying the commands of God and laying down their lives. This costly kind of love comes with a great three fold reward.

Discuss:

  1. How does Jesus define love?

  2. Can you think of any other commands from God that come with promised rewards?

  3. What do you think the disciples would have been thinking when Jesus called them friends and not servants?

Respond:

  1. What does laying down ones life look like in your opinion?

  2. Why is the command to love as Jesus loved so important to follow? How are you doing at obeying this command?

  3. One reward for loving like Jesus is complete joy. Do you currently experience this reward in your life? Explain.

  4. One reward for loving like Jesus is friendship with your savior. Do you currently experience this reward in your life? Explain.

5. One reward for loving like Jesus is answered prayer. Do you currently experience this reward in your life? Explain.

Prayer

God thank you for showing us true love in the form of your Son Jesus. Give us grace and strength to love as you love. Help us love in such a way as to change the world around us. 

      August 7, 2017   The Text: Read John 15:1-8   Jesus begins a beautiful allegory describing himself as the vine. He teaches the importance of connection to the vine for the purpose of bearing kingdom fruit. Jesus lets us know that God the Father will cut off branches that do not bear fruit and prune the branches that bear good fruit so as to produce more fruit.  Discuss:    Why do you think God prunes the fruit bearing branches?    What does it mean when Jesus says the gardner will cut off dead branches?    Why does Jesus over emphasis the need for connection to the vine?    READ the following verses and summarize the four types of kingdom fruit.    The fruit of the Spirit - • Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance,  kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Righteous living - • Ephesians 5:8-11 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the  Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  Making Disciples - • Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing  them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Praising God - • Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a  sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.  Respond:  1. Do you currently see the Fruit of the Spirit in your life? Explain.  2. Do you currently see the Fruit of Righteous Living in your life? Explain.  3. Do you currently see the Fruit of Making Disciples in your life? Explain.  4. Do you currently see the Fruit of Praise in your life? Explain.  Prayer  God may we bear fruit for your glory. 

August 7, 2017

The Text: Read John 15:1-8

Jesus begins a beautiful allegory describing himself as the vine. He teaches the importance of connection to the vine for the purpose of bearing kingdom fruit. Jesus lets us know that God the Father will cut off branches that do not bear fruit and prune the branches that bear good fruit so as to produce more fruit.

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think God prunes the fruit bearing branches?

  2. What does it mean when Jesus says the gardner will cut off dead branches?

  3. Why does Jesus over emphasis the need for connection to the vine?

  4. READ the following verses and summarize the four types of kingdom fruit.

The fruit of the Spirit -
• Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Righteous living -
• Ephesians 5:8-11 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the

Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Making Disciples -
• Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing

them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Praising God -
• Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a

sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

Respond:

1. Do you currently see the Fruit of the Spirit in your life? Explain.

2. Do you currently see the Fruit of Righteous Living in your life? Explain.

3. Do you currently see the Fruit of Making Disciples in your life? Explain.

4. Do you currently see the Fruit of Praise in your life? Explain.

Prayer

God may we bear fruit for your glory. 

      July 31, 2017  T he Text: Read John 14:22-31   Judas starts off the section by asking a good question, but Jesus answers the question by repeating many of the same things he has already told his disciples. Jesus does however give one incredible piece of new information. He tells his disciples that he will not only send the Holy Spirit but he will also leave His Peace. The peace of Christ along with the power of the Holy Spirit perfectly enables his disciples to face today with all the necessary tools to accomplish their mission.  Discuss:    Why do you think Jesus ignored Judas’ question?    Which statements does Jesus repeat from the previous sections? Why are these all so important?    What is the role of Satan in this passage?    Respond:    Does the peace of Christ currently rule in your heart? Explain.    What areas of disobedience in your life are robbing you from having the peace of Christ?    How do you face hardship in your life?    4. What area of your life currently needs the peace of Christ the most?  Prayer  God you gave us the most precious gift of Jesus and He has in His mercy given us His peace. May we delight in you and your Son as we journey through the trials and struggles of life. Give us the Peace of your Son Jesus. 

July 31, 2017

The Text: Read John 14:22-31

Judas starts off the section by asking a good question, but Jesus answers the question by repeating many of the same things he has already told his disciples. Jesus does however give one incredible piece of new information. He tells his disciples that he will not only send the Holy Spirit but he will also leave His Peace. The peace of Christ along with the power of the Holy Spirit perfectly enables his disciples to face today with all the necessary tools to accomplish their mission.

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Jesus ignored Judas’ question?

  2. Which statements does Jesus repeat from the previous sections? Why are these all so important?

  3. What is the role of Satan in this passage?

Respond:

  1. Does the peace of Christ currently rule in your heart? Explain.

  2. What areas of disobedience in your life are robbing you from having the peace of Christ?

  3. How do you face hardship in your life?

4. What area of your life currently needs the peace of Christ the most?

Prayer

God you gave us the most precious gift of Jesus and He has in His mercy given us His peace. May we delight in you and your Son as we journey through the trials and struggles of life. Give us the Peace of your Son Jesus.