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Lesson From the Vinyeard

August 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Plants grow better when they’ve been pruned.

God prunes unfruitful people from his vine.

What exactly does the word “unfruitful” mean here?

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Outline of John 15

August 29, 2009 Leave a comment

  1. Jesus Is the Vine, We Are the Branches
  2. Love and Hate, Multiple Perspectives

Come Now, Let’s Leave

August 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus reminds his disciples that returning to the Father is a good thing.

It didn’t seem like a good thing, though.

What good things do we mistakenly identify as bad?

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Verses 25-27

August 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus says we now have the Holy Spirit and peace.

What more could we need?

Why do I sometimes feel like I have access to neither?

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Verses 23-24

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus says:

If I love Jesus, I will obey. This is the original conditional statement.
If I do not love Jesus, I will not obey. The inverse is true.

This means that if I won’t obey Jesus, then I don’t love him.
And if I obey, then I love Jesus.

Obedience = Loving Jesus

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Good Judas

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

The other Judas asks Jesus a question (v. 22), and I struggle to see how Jesus’ reply answers him (vv. 23-28).

What do you think, dear Readers?

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Verses 8-21

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Philip follows up with a comment that clearly indicates he and the other disciples have missed a major point:

Jesus = God the Father

Oops.

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Where Are You Going?

August 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Doubting Thomas presses Jesus for details.

“Where are you going?”

Jesus explains that it doesn’t matter, because he himself is the destination.

Categories: bible, jesus, john, thomas

My Father’s House

August 23, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 1-4, Jesus gives us a brief glimpse into heaven.

It’s like a mansion “with many rooms.”

This is a picture of abundance and has a very different feel than Matthew 7:13-14.

Matthew 5:1 describes Jesus’ audience in Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount. Crowds follow him to experience his teaching. Jesus emphasizes the difficulty of getting through the narrow gate because his audience is the crowd.

In John 14, Jesus’ audience is his 11 faithful disciples. Despite Peter’s denials in a few hours and everyone else’s desertion, Jesus anticipates their ultimate faithfulness and reassures them.

People on the road to heaven need reassurance. People on the road to hell need reality.

Jesus provides both.

Categories: bible, heaven, hell, jesus, john

Outline of John 14

August 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Jesus: Everything will be OK.
Thomas: Are you sure?
Jesus: Yes.
Philip: But we need the Father.
Jesus: Same difference. And the Holy Spirit will help.
Judas: Why all the secrecy?
Jesus: We (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) have it covered.

Categories: bible, jesus, john, outline
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