JOHN 15

10 Outlines

John 15:1-7

LIFE IN THE VINE

 

LIFE'S POWER - Vss. 1-3 - IN THE VINE (CHRIST)

LIFE'S PROCESS - Vs. 4  - ABIDE

LIFE'S PRODUCTIVITY - Vs. 5 - FRUIT

LIFE'S PROBLEM - Vs. 6 - FAILING TO ABIDE

LIFE'S PROMISE - Vs. 7 - ANSWERED PRAYER

 

 

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John 15:1-8

LIFE!

 

THE SOURCE OF LIFE - Vs. 1

THE SCARS OF LIFE - Vss. 2-3 (From pruning.)

THE SYMPHONY OF LIFE - Vss. Vss. 4-5, 7-8

THE SCARE OF LIFE - Vs. 6

 

 

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John 15:1-11

FULLNESS OF JOY

(A complete lesson)

 

John 15:11 - These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

·        What is the difference between joy and happiness?

·        Why should we want to have joy?

·        Why does Jesus want us to have joy?

·        What has Jesus done to bring us joy?

·        What is Jesus doing to bring us joy?

·        How would you define “fullness of joy?”

 

Jesus spoke verses 1-10 so that we might have fullness of joy!

JOY OF PLACEMENT – Vss. 1-2

·        A vine is a source of life and fruitfulness.

·        In the Old Testament Israel was viewed as a vine, but not a true or faithful vine. Isaiah 5:1-2,7

·        Jesus is the true source of life and fruitfulness. John 10:10

·        Every person who is born again is “in Christ”.  He has become part of the vine, and part of the Body of Christ.   1 Corinthians 12:13, 2 Corinthians 5:17

·        The husbandman or gardener is our Heavenly Father.  He is the one who oversees the production of fruit in our lives.

·        We have been placed in Christ, the vine. Why should we be joyful?

JOY OF PRUNING – Vss. 2-3

·        What is the context in these verses?  Is it salvation, fruitfulness, or something else?

·        Given the context, what does the beginning of verse 2 not mean?

·        What is the most important fruit a Christian can produce? Galatians 5:22-26, Ephesians 5:9

·        Other fruit may include the fruit of righteousness or winning souls to Christ. James 3:18, Romans 1:13

·        Why and how does God prune us?  Psalm 66:10, James 1:2-4, Hebrews 12:11

·        What must we remember when we are being “pruned”.  Proverbs 3:11-12

·        How is the Word of God a cleansing agent?

JOY OF PRESENCE – Vss. 4-5

·        How does Christ make His presence known in my life?

·        How do I go about abiding in Christ?  Ephesians 5:18, Hebrews 4:14-16

JOY OF PRODUCTIVITY – Vss. 4-5, 8

·        Why do you think Jesus wants us to be fruitful? (Verse 8 gives us clues.)

·        What happens when a branch is taken off an apple tree?

·        What lesson about being fruitful is hard to learn?  Why?

·        Are trees always fruitful?  What lesson does this teach us?

·        How should Jesus abide in us?  Galatians 2:20, Philippians 3:8-10

JOY OF PRAYER – Vs. 7

·        How will abiding in Christ make your prayers more effective?  Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20

·        How will God’s Word make your prayers more effective?  1 John 5:14-15

·        What are some things that we should pray for that we often fail to pray for?

JOY OF PERSEVERANCE – Vss. 9-10

·        Why is perseverance important?

·        How do we continue in the love of Christ?

·        How does obedience bring about joy?

 

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John 15:9-12

LOVE!

 

LOVE'S DEVOTION Vs. 9

LOVE'S DEMAND Vss. 10, 12

LOVE'S DELIGHT Vs. 11

 

 

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John 15:11

JOY!

 

Christianity is a joyful religion, but looking at us, Christ's followers, you often wouldn't think so.  All too often we allow too many things rob us of our joy.

 

·        We lose our joy when we don't get up on the right side of the bed.

·        We lose our joy when we don't get our own way.

·        We lose our joy when we don't feel well.

·        We lose our joy when someone we love gets sick or dies.

·        We lose our joy when we are abused or persecuted.

·        We lose our joy when we are misunderstood.

·        We lose our joy when we feel lonely or unwanted.

·        We lose our joy when we feel pressured to get something done for our job or school.

·        We lose our joy over countless other situations as well.

 

Now let me distinguish between happiness and joy.

 

I believe that it is possible to be joyful without being happy.

I don't have to be happy when things go wrong, but I should be joyful.

I think of happiness depending on happenings, and joy depending on Jesus.

I might not be happy about what's happening in my life, and I might even shed some well-deserved tears, but on the inside I can be joyful because of my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I wonder how many of you would sincerely like to do the will of God?  That is how many of you would like to be in the center of God's will?  You can only do the will of God if you learn to be joyful. 

 

John 15:11 - These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

It is Jesus' intent that Christians be a joyful people.

It is Jesus' intent that you be a joyful Christian.

 

Let us consider being joyful as Christians. We'll do it by discovering six things about joy.

 

1. PRESCRIBED JOY - These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you…

 

If you recall, Jesus was delivering what we know as the Upper Room Discourse, although this part of the discourse was given after they had left the upper room.

 

The disciples were sad.  The disciples were worried. They disciples were scared.

 

They knew that Jesus had enemies.

They knew that were those who wanted to kill Jesus.

They knew that Jesus had told them that He was going to leave them.

 

In spite of all the sorrow of the moment, Jesus tells them "I have said these things so that you might be joyful!"

 

Jesus is the great physician, and it is as if Jesus is writing a prescription as he talks.  He is saying here, "If you do what I tell you, you will be joyful."  Like a visit with any doctor you can only become well if you do what the doctor tells you and take the medicine that he prescribes. You can only be joyful if you do what Jesus tells you to do.

 

So what were some of the things that Jesus prescribed, that would help the disciples be joyful?

 

LOVE EACH OTHER - John 13:34-35

 

RELAX

 

You can't be joyful if you are uptight. Jesus said in John 14:1, Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

 

 Now, you know as well as I do, that it's very difficult not to get fretful, worried, bent out of shape or uptight.  How did Jesus ever expect us to avoid worry?  We are trust God, and we are to trust Jesus.

 

And there's more! To help us not to be uptight, the Lord Jesus has sent a special helper to us.  

 

John 14:16-18 - And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. [18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

 

As we allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives, he produces the fruit of The Spirit in our lives, which includes, love, joy and peace. 

 

Prescribed joy includes loving each other and relaxing. It also includes:

 

OBEDIENCE - John 14:15

 

 

PERMANENT JOY - These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you…

 

God wants our joy in Jesus to be permanent.

Not that there won't be bumps in the road and trials along the way. There will.

But through the trials, He wants our joy in Jesus to remain. James 1:2-4

The only way we are going to be joyful in Christ, is if we are faithful to Christ no matter what the circumstances. James 1:12 Revelation 2:10

These verses remind me that not only is joy permanent, but it gets better, when we see Jesus face to face.   

 

If things are going to be so great in the "Sweet bye and bye", shouldn't we have joyful anticipation in the nasty now and now.

   

Every one of us knows somebody who needs the Lord Jesus as his Savior.  Stop and think. What kind of a commercial are you for Christ?  Does your joy in Christ shine through in spite of difficult circumstances?  If you're just as miserable as anyone else when things don't go you're way, why should anyone want your Jesus?

 

 

PREEMINENT JOY - These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

Jesus wants us to be so full of joy, that there's not room for any sorrow.

It was never Jesus' intent that He'd have a bunch of grumpy disciples.

When the disciples first saw the risen Lord, they were joyful. John 20:20

When the early church gathered there was an attitude of joy. Acts 2:46-47

These early believers were even joyful when they persecuted for the sake of Christ.  

Acts 5:40-41

 

And may I remind you again, that you can not have fullness of joy in your life without the fullness of the Holy Spirit in your life. Romans 14:17 Romans 15:13

 

PERSONAL JOY - Psalm 16:11 - …in thy presence is fulness of joy;

 

The church is to be a place of joy.

There should be joy when we worship the Lord in prayer and music.

There should be joy as we listen to special music.

There should be joy when read the Scriptures and hear the Word preached.

The attitude of our church fellowship should be one of joy!

 

But our joy should be personal as well. Each of us on the inside should have a sense of joy.  How is that possible?  We must learn to practice the presence of God in our lives.

Psalm 65:4 John 15:4-5

 

 Do you know why married couples have happy marriages?  They stay close.

 Do you know how to remain joyful as a Christian?

Stay close! Abide! Talk to Him, and let Him talk to you. 

 

Talk to Jesus about your problems.

Talk to Jesus about your concerns.

Talk to Jesus about your joys and sorrows.

Listen to Jesus and you remain still before Him.

Listen to Jesus as He speaks through His Word.

Strive to spend time with Jesus.

 

PRAYERFUL JOY - John 16:24- Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

 

Now think about the Lord Jesus for a moment.

He wants us to be joyful, so He says to us, "Ask".

Now our asking will only bring fullness of joy as we ask according to God's will. 1 John 5:14-15

 

POWERFUL JOY - Nehemiah 8:10  - …for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

Why are we so often defeated?

We lack inward strength.

What will help us have inward strength?

The joy of the Lord!

 

 

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John 15:12-16

THE CHURCH

 

In this passage our Lord Jesus gives us some vital information about His church.

 

COMMANDMENT TO LOVE - Vs. 12

 

COMMITMENT BETWEEN FRIENDS - Vss. 13-15

Jesus laid down his life for us. Vs. 13

We are to keep Christ's commands. Vs. 14

Christ communicates with us. Vs. 15, John 14:13-14, 26,

 

COMMISSION TO GO AND BEAR FRUIT - Vs. 16 (See verses 1-8 as well.)

 

 

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John 15:12-17

A FRIEND OF JESUS

 

To be a “friend of Jesus” one must:

 

1.     LOVE JESUS’ FRIENDS – Vss. 12, 17

2.     LAY DOWN HIS LIFE – Vs. 13

3.     LIVE IN OBEDIENCE – Vs. 14

4.     LEARN FROM HIS MASTER – Vs. 15

5.     LEAN ON HIS MASTER (IN PRAYER) – Vs. 16

 

 

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John 15:13-16

FRIENDS WITH JESUS

 

THE VOICE OF FRIENDSHIP Vss.13-14

THE VALUE OF FRIENDSHIP Vs. 15

THE VICTORY OF FRIENDSHIP Vs. 16

 

 

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John 15:16

SENT BY JESUS

 

THE CHOICE - "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you..."

 

THE COMMISSION - "...that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain..."

 

THE CONVERSATION - " ...that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."

 

 

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John 15:17-27

OPPOSITION

 

There is persecution of Christians taking place throughout the world.

Give examples that you know of. For information online about persecuted

churches check out Brothers Keeper at http://members.aol.com/brskeeper/

 

When Jesus gave his "Upper Room" discourse He warned us that there would be

opposition to Him and to His followers. In John 15:17-27 we find:

 

THE LORD'S WILL - Vs. 17

Our Lord made this statement just a few verses before in Vs. 12.

He repeats the statement just before talking about persecution. I think the

Lord was indicating that one of the ways to get through persecution that

will come from the world is through the love of the brethren!

 

Let's face it, hassles from the rest of the world are easier to take when

there's love at home. And hassles from the world are harder to take, when

there is no love at home!

 

We all need a place of peace.

We all need a place of refuge.

We all need a place where we feel loved.

The church should be such a place! The church should be the Christians

second home!

 

THE LORD'S WARNING - Vss. 18-21

 

I don't think that the Lord was indicating that the world may hate you and

it may not. The Lord was talking as if the world was going to hate us. Paul

said in

2 Timothy 3:12 - "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall

suffer persecution."

 

THE LORD'S WITNESS - Vss. 22-25

The Jews would not have been guilty of the sin of rejecting Jesus if He had

not come to them, spoken to them and worked his miracles in front of them.

His witness made them guilty of rejecting Him.

 

THE LORD'S WORK - Vss. 26-27

In spite of persecution, the Lord is at work today through the conviction of

the Holy Spirit and the witness of His followers.

 

 

 

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