Where does our courage to speak the Word of God come from?
1. From Knowing God's Purpose to Transform Us
2. From Loving God's Truth in the Inner Man
3. From Abiding in Christ and Relying upon Him
4. From Our Ambition to Please Christ First
5. From Our Initial Steps of Obedience
Jesus expresses His unique relationship to the Father as He intercedes for His disciples.
1. The Recipients of Christ's Intercessory Prayer (vv. 6-8)
2. The Reason for Christ's Intercessory Prayer (vv. 9-10)
The first focus of this prayer is on the cross of Jesus Christ. It begins by revealing four aspects of Christ's glorification through the cross.
1. The Purpose of Christ's Glory: Sacrifice (v. 1)
2. The Provision of Christ's Glory: Salvation (vv. 2-3)
3. The Picture of Christ's Glory: Substitution (v. 4)
4. The Pinnacle of Christ's Glory: Supreme Exaltation (v. 5)
Paul's prayer for the believer is focused on developing a mature love in order to strengthen their ability to make wise decisions that would benefit their spiritual growth and therefore honor God.
1. Love — that is abundant and yet discerning (v. 9)
2. Choices — that are superior and pleasing to God (v. 10)
3. Righteousness — that is from God (v. 11)
The unfolding drama of Christ's death, resurrection, and promise of the coming Holy Spirit guarantees our eternal joy.
1. The Assurance (v. 16)
2. The Anxiety (vv. 17-19)
3. The Analogy (vv. 20-21)
4. The Answer (vv. 22-24)
Three reasons why the Holy Spirit is indispensable to Christ's disciples:
1. The Spirit Gives Understanding of the Truth (v. 12).
2. The Spirit Guides Believers into the Truth (v. 13).
3. The Spirit Glorifies Christ through the Truth (vv. 14-15).
Three features concerning Christ's commentary on the coming of the Holy Spirit:
1. The Assurance of Christ's Words (vv. 1-4)
2. The Advantage of Christ's Departure (vv. 5-7)
3. The Accusation of Christ's Helper (vv. 8-11)
Jesus highlights four aspects of the disciples' witness:
1. It's from God the Father (v. 26a).
2. It's by God the Holy Spirit (v. 26b).
3. It's about the God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (v. 26c).
4. It's through the Disciple (v. 27).
Jesus gives us five reasons why the world hates those who belong to Him.
1. Because Believers Are Not Part of This World (vv. 18-19)
2. Because the World Does Not Know God (vv. 20-21)
3. Because the World Has No Excuse for Its Sin (v. 22)
4. Because the World Rejects Christ's Miracles (vv. 23-24)
5. Because the World Fulfills God's Sovereign Plan (v. 25)
Jesus continues to promise His disciples significant blessings for their troubled and fearful hearts.
1. Personal Application of the Love of the Father (and the Son) (vv. 21-24)
2. Personal Application of the Truth of Jesus Christ (vv. 25-26)
Jesus comforts His disciples with three great truths concerning His deity.
1. Jesus Is God because of His Person (vv. 8-10).
2. Jesus Is God because of His Power (v. 11).
3. Jesus Is God because of His Promise (vv. 12-14).
The Christian life is not a sprint but a marathon. Run with endurance, remove every hindrance, and keep your focus on Jesus, your glorious Savior.
1. Put an End to the Distractions that Stifle Your Faithfulness (vv. 1-2)
2. Ponder Christ's Afflictions that Secured Your Salvation (v. 3)
Paul reflects on his life from three distinct vantage points—these perspectives can instruct and motivate us towards more faithful service to Christ in our own life.
1. Looking Downward to the Grave (v. 6)
2. Looking Backward at Life (v. 7)
3. Looking Forward to the Reward (v. 8)
As believers, our mandate is to maintain Christian unity in Christlike love. Paul gives us three affects that the love of Christ has on us as His Church.
1. The Love of Christ Awakens Our Ambitions (v. 1)
2. The Love of Christ Alters Our Actions (v. 2)
3. The Love of Christ Adjusts Our Attitudes (vv. 3-4)
This passage emphasizes the supreme standard of love that must characterize every true disciple of Jesus Christ.
1. The Priority of Christ's Love (vv. 31–32)
2. The Pattern of Christ's Love (vv. 33–35)
3. The Promise of Christ's Love (vv. 36–38)
John reveals to us how Jesus unmasked Judas for the traitor that he was.
1. The Anticipation of the Betrayal (v. 18)
2. The Announcement of the Betrayer (vv. 19–21)
3. The Amazement of the Betrayal (vv. 22–26)
4. The Apostasy of the Betrayer (vv. 27–30)
As Christ draws nearer to the cross, we begin to see the extent of His love for His own true disciples.
1. The Motive of Christ's Love (v. 1)
2. The Manner of Christ's Love (vv. 2-11)
3. The Message of Christ's Love (vv. 12-17)
At the end of His public ministry, John reveals God's rationale behind Christ's ministry of divine reconciliation.
1. The Reason for Unbelief (vv. 37-43)
2. The Ramifications of Belief and Unbelief (vv. 44-50)
Christ's final invitation as the promised Messiah of Israel begins to reveal the true significance of the cross.
1. The Anguish of Jesus (vv. 27-29)
2. The Answer from the Father (vv. 30-33)
3. The Attitude of the People (v. 34)
4. The Appeal of Jesus (vv. 35-36)
Christ's final invitation as the promised Messiah of Israel begins to reveal the true significance of the cross:
1. The Anguish of the Cross (vv. 27–29)
2. The Answer of the Cross (vv. 30–33)
3. The Attitude toward the Cross (v. 34)
4. The Appeal to the Cross (vv. 35–36)