Branch Life, Session 3

Sermon by Rev. Richard Jones

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BRANCH LIFE

Session 3

John 15:9-17

 

John 15:9-17 (ESV)
9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
10  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
11  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
12  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
14  You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
17  These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

 

FAVOR OF OBEDIENCE

9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
10  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

 

John 10:27-30 (ESV)
27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
28  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
29  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
30  I and the Father are one.”

Romans 8:31-34 (ESV)
31  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
33  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
34  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

 

FELLOWSHIP OF THE KING

11  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
12  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
14  You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

 

John 13:34-35 (ESV)
34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
35  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 John 3:23 (ESV)
23  And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

Psalm 25:14 (ESV)
14  The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.

 

FUTURE OF MINISTRY

16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
17  These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

 

Ephesians 1:4-5 (ESV)
4  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
5  he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

Romans 8:29 (ESV)
29  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

 

 

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