John 10:27: My sheep hear my voice; and I know them and they follow me.

John 20:31 -- But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 15 Commentary of the Bible

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God's Vineyard  ( John 15:1-11 )  Sunday Message

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At the close of Chapter 14 our Lord said to his disciples, "Rise, let us go hence." So from this point on we properly should no longer call this passage of Scripture the Upper Room Discourse. The remainder, Chapters 15 through 17, occurred as they were walking on their way to the Garden of Gethsemene. The traditional site of the Upper Room in Jerusalem is on the western side of the Old City, on the slopes of Mount Zion. Some of you may have been there and seen it.

To Live in Joy — Ch 1: Small Illusions vs. Gigantic Joy  ( John 15:1-14 )  Online Book

Eliminate my guilt and fears, create a trouble-free environment, pay all my debts, perfect my relationships; give me a loaf of bread, a jug of wine and a "thou" beside me singing in the wilderness--that is a capsulated form of the joy formula we are fed from infancy to senility. But the contradictions are everywhere. Without guilt and fear we become reckless of consequences. In a trouble-free environment we become insensitive and lazy. Owing nothing, we become arrogant. We're stunted and dwarfed by easy relationships.

God's Vineyard  ( John 15:1-3 )  Daily Devotion

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (John 15:2)

The Vine and the Fruit  ( John 15:1-11 )  Sunday Message

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In the 15th chapter of John's gospel our Lord uses the beautiful symbol of the vine and its branches. We who live in California are surrounded by vineyards. Thus we are particularly well situated to understand something about the culture of the vine, how it grows, and how it produces fruit.

Active And Passive  ( John 15:4-11 )  Daily Devotion

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (John 15:4)

Notice that our Lord divides this passage into two sections. There is an activity that is to be done, and a passivity that is to be acknowledged. We are to remain in Him (that is active, something we do), and we are to let Him remain in us (that is passive, something we allow Him to do). Both these relationships are essential, not one as opposed to the other, but both together.

Love and Hate  ( John 15:12-16:4 )  Sunday Message

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In our study we are now looking at the words our Lord spoke to his disciples as they left the Upper Room and made their way across the Kidron valley and through the hillside vineyards into the shadows of Gethsemene's garden. In Chapter 15 we have his assessment of the three major priorities of life. All of us are concerned about priorities, about what comes first, what to do next, etc., and this passage sets forth, in order, the basic, fundamental priorities of life.

The Greatest Love  ( John 15:12-17 )  Daily Devotion

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:12-13)

This section begins and ends with the command of Jesus: I command you to love one another. The fact that this is put in the imperative mode means it is not an option in our life. It is not something we do if we feel like it. It is to be a deliberate response to another person whom we know to be in the family of God, regardless of how we feel toward that person.

Loving amidst Hate  ( John 15:12 - 16:4 )  Sunday Message

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Which is harder, loving people whom you do not like, or loving people who do not like you? Most of us would be hard pressed to answer that, yet we are often called on to do these very things. How practical, how down to earth is the Word of God! It deals with issues right where we live. This very week you may be called on to love somebody you do not like, or love someone who does not like you.

The Witness  ( John 15:18-16:3 )  Daily Devotion

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first ... When the Counselor comes ... he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. (John 15:18, 26-27)