Joy in Sorrow (John 16:16-24)

Key idea: We find a persevering and powerful joy when we see life in light of Christ and his gospel Four aspects of true joy to encourage our faith and increase our joy True joy recognizes the world’s counterfeits True joy is rooted in the Gospel True joy sees the bigger story Believe that suffering and joy can coexist Let your suffering lead you to Christ See your suffering with expectant hope True joy aligns our will with Christ through prayer To pray in Jesus’ name recognizes our poverty To pray in Jesus’......

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Better With the Spirit (John 16:4b-15)

Key Idea: Three realities about the Holy Spirit for strength in gospel sharing and gospel life. Three realities about the Holy Spirit: I. The Comforting Presence of the Spirit (v.4b-7) Our Advantageous Position Our Advocate’s Permanence II. The Convicting Power of the Spirit (v.8-11) Convicts people of their unbelief in Jesus Convicts people of their need for Jesus Convicts people of unbelief’s judgment III. The Clarifying Position of the Spirit (v.12-15) Clarifies Truth Clarifies His relationship to Father and Son Clarifies Jesus...

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Purposeful Suffering (John 15:1-11)

Key idea: We find joy in our sufferings when we embrace Christ’s loving purposes behind them. Four truths to inform and shape our theology of suffering: I. Suffering is not the whole story, but part of the greater story of redemption II. Suffering is not meaningless, but has greater purposes Applications: A. We embrace suffering by believing God’s purposes are greater than our own (James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7). Suffering is not the greatest danger; sin and stagnancy are. B. We embrace suffering by redirecting our focus to faith in Christ. III. Suffering does......

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1. Live for Christ by living with Christ – The first Helper/Advocate/Counselor is Christ – The second Helper/Advocate/Counselor is the Holy Spirit – The role of the Holy Spirit (from Dr. Bruce Ware in Father, Son, & Holy Spirit): – The Spirit Assists in Carrying out the Work of the Father – Spirit works to glorify the Son – Special revelation, inspired by the Spirit, Focuses on Christ – Evangelism, empowered by the Spirit, proclaims the Gospel of Christ – Regeneration, brought about by the Spirit, brings new life in Christ -Sanctification, progressively......

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Key Idea: to love others well, we must first look to Christ. 1. A Christ-Centered standard of love: A love that imitates Christ A Christ-centered love does not limit WHO we love : from beloved to betrayer A Christ-centered love does not limit HOW we love: from the mundane to the monumental 2. A Christ-Centered source of love: A love that begins with Christ Jesus deals with the sin that devastates Repentance brings us to Christ in humble dependence, inviting his grace to transform our hearts. Jesus draws our gaze upward By looking......

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Key idea: Christian love (by its very nature) is the pursuit of what is unfair. 1. We must admit our struggle to love Two truths: Our sin makes it difficult to recognize our own sin Our sin means we will justify sin Two applications: DO see yourself in this story as a disciple who desperately needs to grow in love DO NOT think of this message as something you hope someone else listens to 2. We must see the pursuit of unfair relationships as Christlike Love (Verses 1-5) This love was a response......

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1. Reasons for Unbelief: Trust in the sovereignty of God (vv. 37-43) Two Reasons for Unbelief 1a. Because of sin, people willfully refuse to believe. They would not believe (vv. 36, 42-43) 1b. In God’s sovereignty, people are unable to believe. They could not believe (vv. 38-40) – God’s sovereignty over belief/unbelief allows us to know peace and rest. – God’s sovereignty over belief/unbelief makes us grateful for our own salvation. – God’s sovereignty over belief/unbelief makes us compassionate toward those still lost in unbelief. 2. Rescue for Unbelievers: Turn to Jesus for......

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