BHAG 2018 - Week 3
Invest, Invite, Involve!!
By remaining in Jesus, it will stir the desire to see others experience what you are experiencing in Him. This relationship is designed to draw you closer to Him and live your life in such a way to point others to Him. As we dig into today’s study what can you draw on to lead others?
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (John 15:12-17)
1. How do you typically describe yourself when you meet someone new?
2. What does your introduction reveal about your personality and your priorities?
3. What does your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook profile reveal about you?
We each carry a number of descriptors that tell our story: Husband. Wife. Mom. Dad. Church member. Co-worker. Our designations reveal who and what is most important to us. The designations we use to describe ourselves clarify which relationships get the biggest share of our time and attention.
In John 15, Jesus said those who followed Him in obedience were His “friends.” This designation had been previously used in Scripture only to describe Abraham and Moses. Jesus’ teaching here is a significant one: His relationship with His followers is one marked with closeness and fueled by a mission.
4. (12-13) What’s your initial response to this command? For you, does it sound easy, difficult, or somewhere in between?
Verse 7 says that a disciple of Christ remains in conversation with Christ through the Word and prayer. By living in Christ and by having His teachings remain in them, believers will pray according to His will. Such prayers always produce positive results that glorify the Father. Producing abundant spiritual fruit demonstrates that believers are Jesus’ genuine disciples.
5. What does it look like to love others the way Jesus loves us?
6. When have you experienced the kind of love discussed in these verses?
7. Do you think others recognize that you are a Christian because of the Christlike love you show them? Explain.
8. According verse 14, what should be present in our relationship with Jesus?
9. What do these verses teach us about the kind of relationship Jesus intends for us to have with Him?
10. What can we learn about our role in God’s Kingdom from verses 16-17?
11. When you look at your church, what kind of spiritual fruit do you see God developing? What about when you look at your small group?
Let’s identify how these verses can apply directly to our lives…
What benefits are produced in our lives when we love as Christ commands us?
What keeps you from obeying Jesus’ commands in these verses?
15:1-17 This allegory is at the heart of Jesus’ farewell discourse to the disciples. The OT used the vineyard or vine as a symbol for Israel, God’s covenant people, especially in two “vineyard songs” (Isa 5:1-7; 27:2-6). However, Israel’s failure to produce fruit issued in divine judgment. Jesus, by contrast, is the true vine, and His followers are to remain in Him and produce much fruit for God.
15:13-14 In the OT, only Abraham (2Ch 20:7; Isa 41:8), and by implication Moses (Ex 33:11), are called “friends of God.” Jesus extended this privilege to all obedient believers.
15:16 In first-century Palestine, disciples typically took the initiative in attaching themselves to a particular rabbi, not vice versa. As a well-known dictum declared, “Provide yourself with a teacher.” Jesus broke with this custom and called His own disciples. Appointed recalls the OT description of God’s appointment of Abraham (Gen 17:5; cp. Rm 4:17), the ordination of Levites (Num 8:10), and Moses’ commissioning of Joshua (Num 27:18).
15:18-16:33 This final major unit in Jesus’ farewell discourse deals with the world’s hostility toward Himself and His followers and with the future ministry of the Holy Spirit.