Final Words

If the World Hates You

Key Question: How do we interpret life’s  __________________  and ______________________________  in light of the Gospel? Main Idea: True joy is rooted in God’s  __________________  and  ________ , not  ________ . The  __________  of life can only be appreciated from the  ________ . You cannot achieve true joy through your  ______  ____________ . You may  ________  your joy away but no one can  ________  it from you.

If the World Hates You

Does the world hate you? – Jesus and his apostles all  ________  ______________  deaths. – The Global Evangelism Movement reports people are ________________  for their faith every year. – Aren’t we  ________________  because we are similar in so many ways? Why does the world hate you? – To begin with, their  ______________  of us is not as good as our          ______________  of us. – Other Americans often find our  “__________  ____  ______ ____________”  lacking.   – Jesus’ coming  __________________ …

Love Like This

Passage (read it): John 15:12-17 The Measure of Love The cross of Jesus is the standard by which love is measured.(1 John 4:9-10; John 15:9, 12-13) The Evidence of Love My obedience is evidence of my love for God.(John 14:15, 21 & 23) God’s love for me is not a result of my obedience but of His sovereign will.(Romans 5:8; John 15:16; Ephesians 1:4-5; 1 John 4:19) The Consequence of Love The consequence of love is friendship with God.(John 15:14-15)…

How to Honor Our Father

Passage (read it): John 15:9-11 How can my life bring glory to God? Not through my success. (Isaiah 64:6) Not by my faithfulness alone. (James 2:18 & 26) The fruitfulness of my life brings glory to God. (Matthew 13:23; Psalm 1:1-3; Colossians 1:9-12) How do I know if the fruit of my life is bringing glory to The Father? Not based on my health, wealth, or happiness. Not because of my suffering and persecution alone. The evidence that my life…

Of Vines and Branches

Passage (read it): John 15:1-7 Four Metaphors in John 15:             The Fruit: Christ likeness The Branches: Us             The True Vine: Jesus             The Vinedresser: God Questions for you to consider: How much fruit is being born in you? What fruit do you lack that you need to ask God to produce in your life? (Circle all that apply) love – joy – peace – patience – kindness – goodness – faithfulness – gentleness – self-control How will you…

Never Alone

Passage (read it): John 14:15-31 Principles (know it): Three things the Holy Spirit offers: Intimacy (John 14:15-17 & 20; Colossians 3:3 & 1:27) Inclusion (2 Peter 1:4; John 14:21; John 14:23) Intervention (John 14:16) Practices (do it): Seek an experience with the Holy Spirit this week by: Spending 30 minutes a day in prayer. Complete this week’s Scripture reading challenge. Read and listen to more about the Holy Spirit at ssbc.org. Spend time with other believers discussing these passages. This…

The Proposal

Since the beginning of time, the human race has been trying to find its way to God. Religion, nature, personal introspection, and disciplines — all of these and many more have proven helpful, but have ultimately fallen short. Jesus didn’t recommend any of those things for those seeking God. Instead, He made an incredibly radical claim about Himself when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Many…