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Gospel Of John: Abide

August 20, 2017 Speaker: Joe Walser Series: Gospel Of John

Topic: Biblical Passage: John 15:1–15:27

Why are we here?

 

“But in the end, science does not provide the answers most of us require. Its story of our origins and of our end is, to say the least, unsatisfactory. To the question, How did it all begin?, science answers, Probably by an accident. To the question, How will it all end?, science answers, Probably by an accident. And to many people, the accidental life is not worth living. Moreover, the science-god has no answer to the question, why are we here? and, to the question, What moral instructions do you give us?, the science-god maintains silence.” - Neil Postman

 

John 15:1-8, 16, 26-27

 

Bottom Line Up Front

  • I chose you to bear FRUIT...by this you expand God's glory
  • John 15:16
  • "I established it...I laid it out and it is done"

 

Fruit?

  • John 15:26-27
  • Acts 1:8
  • FRUIT:  Jesus anticipated and God has given the power of the Holy Spirit in order to bear fruit, the advance of glory by being a witness to all people, the nations. 

 

John 15

  • Context
  • How?
  • Why?

 

John 15: Context

  • John 14:30-31
  • John 16:1

 

John 15: How?

  1. Fruit is accomplished through intimacy..."abide" in me
  • John 15:4
  • John 15:5
  • John 15:7
  • John 15:9
  • Colossians 1:5-6
  1. God takes the initiative for intimacy

a. God has made Jesus the true vine

  • John 15:1
  • Isaiah 49:6
  • Psalms 8:8-11
  • Psalms 80:12-16
  • Psalms 80:17-19

B. God has appointed us...

  • John 15:16
  • Isaiah 14:26-27

C. God has already made us "clean"

  • John 15:3
  • Romans 5:9

D. God promises to bear fruit and to "cleanse" us for fruit bearing

  • John 15:2
  1. GOD empowers us to cooperate

A. Through God's Word

  • John 15:7

B. Through prayer

  • John 15:16

C. Obedience

  • John 15:10

 

John 15: Why Bear Fruit?

  1. Love
  • John 15:9
  1. Joy
  • John 15:11
  1. Friendship with God
  • John 15:14

 

“That is a troubling question. But here’s an equally troubling one, “How can those of us who have heard about Jesus, and do nothing to take the gospel to those that do not be saved? - Charles Spurgeon

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