Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 29: If, But, and No

The disciples of Jesus are chosen, both for the incredible privilege of abiding in Him, but also for the privilege of suffering with Him. As we saw in our study yesterday, the world will hate Jesus’ followers because it hates Him. It will hate His disciples because they have been called out of the world, and it will hate His disciples because it doesn’t know the Father who sent Jesus into […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 28: The World

Jesus has been preparing the disciples for His absence and for the future mission they will have when He returns to heaven. In verse 17, He says, “These things I command you, so that you will love one another,” essentially repeating His command from verse 12, urging Christ-like love among His followers. But He is also setting the stage for talking about the hatred His disciples most surely will experience at […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 27: Chosen

We obey Jesus because we’re His friends. We’re friends because Jesus died for us and chose us to be His friends. Assignment: Pray as you begin your study today. Pray for understanding and a humble, teachable heart. Then take our your marking copy of John 15 and your colored pencils or pens. We’re going to look for some words today. But first, test yourself on what you’ve been memorizing. Recite that portion of […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 26: Friends

Jesus speaks to His disciples. He’s about to go to the cross, and He says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” Do we earn Christ’s friendship by obeying Him? If we don’t obey, do we lose that friendship? Or does this verse mean something different? Let’s dig deeper. Assignment: Pray, thanking Jesus for […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 25: The Greatest Love

Jesus has so much to teach us through His words to His disciples. I don’t want to rush through the last verses of this so-rich-chapter. So we’ll be adding four extra lessons. We’ll finish up next Thursday, and then I’ll post a list of ideas for those of you who would like to continue studying the chapter on your own. As we move forward in John 15, Jesus commands His […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 24: Abiding in His Love

Jesus loves us like His Father loves Him — with a love that has no beginning, that has existed before the world was created, with a love that has no end, from which we can never be separated, with a love that has no limits. He has called us to abide in that love — to remain in it, to stay in it. If we keep His commandments, He says, we will abide in […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 23: Catch Up and Optional Lesson

These catch up days seem to come around awfully fast! Use this day to work on previous lessons, work on memorizing all or part of the chapter, and take the time to listen to another collection of songs related to our study — this time on loving one another. (Feel free to add other relevant songs in the comments.) For an optional lesson, I heartily recommend checking out another study […]

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Thirty-Some Days in John 15, Day 22: Commands

Jesus has declared His infinite love for us. He’s told us to abide in His love — to remain in it, to stick with Him, to let His love pour into us and then out into abundant fruitfulness. What does abiding in His love look like? Jesus gives us a clear answer. Assignment: Pray for a clear, undistracted mind and an open heart as you study God’s Word today. Then open your […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 21: Love

We’re ready to see how love and obedience relate to abiding in Christ! Assignment: Pray, continuing to seek the Holy Spirit’s help as you study His Word. Then turn to your marked copy of John 15 and grab a red pencil or pen. We’re going to look for two things as we read the entire chapter today: First, we’re going to look for the word love and mark it with a red heart. […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 20: Draw and Personalize

We’re spent a lot of time on the first few verses of John 15. We’ve done this, not because the last part of the chapter isn’t important, but because the first verses lay the foundation for all that follows. If we don’t understand our complete inability to do anything apart from the Vine, if we think we need to go out into the world and bear fruit — on our own, we’re going to […]

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