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2.10.15 3.11.2018 John 13.34-35;14.15,21,31: 15.10-17 a New Commandment

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Real discipleship means loving one another

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...Anything for Love...

Entice: Which is harder for you: Expressing heartfelt devotion to Jesus, or loving a brother or sister who does not seem lovable? (Wow Bob, that is kind of
Which is harder for you: Expressing heartfelt devotion to Jesus, or loving a brother or sister who does not seem lovable? (Wow Bob, that is kind of a personal, probing question. Yes, yes it is!)
a personal, probing question. Yes, yes it is!)
Expand: Today we will summarize a lot of material so we can focus how Jesus trains disciples and what He expects from them. We begin with some Critical teaching given in , let me summarize…In this passage Jesus
▾ Expand:
Today we will summarize a lot of material so we can focus how Jesus trains disciples and what He expects from them.
Today we will summarize a lot of material so we can focus how Jesus trains disciples and what He expects from them. We begin with some Critical teaching given in , let me summarize…In this passage Jesus
Washed their feet…
We begin with some Critical teaching given in , let me summarize…
• Washed their feet…
He Exemplified humility…
• Washed their feet…
• He Exemplified humility…
• He Exemplified humility…
He Warned them of betrayal & dissension…
•He Warned them of betrayal & dissension…
•He Warned them of betrayal & dissension…
Next follows a large section of teaching which revolves around a

Next follows a large section of teaching which revolves around a

▾ Next follows a large section of teaching which revolves around a

Repeated concepts

• Repeated concept (7x Jesus links the concepts of command & love) which become a.
(7x Jesus links the concepts of command & love)
which become a

Revolutionary command.

• Revolutionary command.
Which
• Which redefines the nature of devotion.

redefines the nature of devotion.

Engage:
• Engage: What have you done, what can you do to love others? What separates real discipleship from fake is not theology or practice or fervor. To truly

What have you done,

what can you do

serve Jesus means loving one another and loving the world.
to love others?

What separates real discipleship from fake is not theology or practice or fervor. To truly serve Jesus means loving one another and loving the world.

Excite: Waiting around for "spiritual" experiences or mountaintops of discipleship leaves a person perpetually disappointed. Jesus defines our experience in such a way that actively loving others within and without the body becomes the context for maturity and transformative discipleship.
• Excite: Waiting around for "spiritual" experiences or summits of discipleship leaves a person perpetually disappointed. Jesus defines our experience in
such a way that loving others within and without the body becomes the context for maturity and transformative discipleship.

The Difference between disciples and dilettantes is not devotion to Jesus but Love for others.

• Explore: The Difference between disciples and dilettantes is not devotion to Jesus but Love for others.
Explain: Real Disciples love so wildly that it
• Explain: Real Disciples love so wildly that it << transitional terms for each point >>
brings
▾ Body of Sermon:

1 Clarity

▾ 1 Clarity
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.”

1.1 We are clearly His disciples when we embrace His example 34

• 1.1 We are clearly His disciples when we embrace His example 34

1.2 This clarity is objective and external. THIS is how others know. 35

• 1.2 This clarity is objective and external. THIS is how others know. 35
Real Disciples love so wildly that it
<< transitional terms for each point >>
Oozes
Oozes
▾ 2 Integrity ,,.

2 Integrity

2 Integrity ,,.

2.1 Real Disciples Obey Jesus

• 2.1 Real Disciples Obey Jesus 14.15
John 14:15 ESV
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

2.2 Real Disciples Understand Jesus

• 2.2 Disciples Understand Jesus 14.21
John 14:21 ESV
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

2.3 Real Disciples Mimic Jesus

John 14:31 ESV
but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
• 2.3 Real Real Disciples Mimic Jesus 14.31
Real Disciples love so wildly that it
<< transitional terms for each point >>
Generates
▾ 3 Unity 15.10-17

3 Unity

3 Unity 15.10-17
John 15:10–17 ESV
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.
• 3.1 The Example of Jesus v. 10-11

3.1 The Example of Jesus v. 10-11

3.2 The Purpose of Jesus. 12-16

3.2 The Purpose of Jesus. 12-16

• 3.3 The Command of Jesus v. 17

3.3 The Command of Jesus v. 17

▾ Shut Down:

My Jesus I Love Thee...

Jesus defines Christian devotion not just by our love and devotion to Him but by our love and devotion to others.
By forgetting, marginalizing or simply omitting these important lessons we compromise the unity He died for, we project an image that is confused rather than clear, and we forgo the profound, transformative integrity of disciples who do what there Master did.
He loved that we might love. He died to hallow that love and rose again to empower it. It is now up to us to extend it.
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