No matter how hard we try, we can’t always keep setbacks and struggles at bay. And sometimes, just when we thought we had this whole “life” thing figured out…everything falls apart.
That’s how the first followers of Jesus must have felt when he was arrested and crucified. But Jesus knew everything that was coming…and before it happened, he taught his followers a series of crucial lessons about living with hope and courage when everything falls apart. Join us for a life-changing look at these lessons found in the Gospel of John.
Welcome to our first week of our new series, When Everything Falls Apart. We’re going to be taking a verse-by-verse journey through a particular part of the Gospel of John that scholars sometimes call the Farewell Discourse of Jesus. Now, that’s kind of academic talk for Jesus’ Goodbye Speech. Join us today as we look at choosing peace by investing in who, not where.
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When things are falling apart around us, it’s easy to think, “if only [fill in the blank], that would be enough for me.” In fact, one of Jesus’ disciples expressed a similar sentiment in John 14:8. Join us as we look at Philip’s request of Jesus, and the powerful lesson we can learn from Jesus’ response.
Today we continue our look at Jesus’ “farewell discourse,” his goodbye speech to his disciples, to teach them – and us – what we need to know so we don’t fall apart when everything around us falls apart. Part of what he’s trying to help them understand is what we see as the end of something great is often the start of something greater…if we can leave it in God’s hands.
Today we’re digging in to John 15, which begins with Jesus’ analogy of the vine and branches. Jesus says he is the “true vine.” Why would he say that? Because there are a lot of things that we’re tempted to connect ourselves to, thinking that they’ll give us life but in reality they won’t…they don’t have it to offer.
Persecution is inevitable when our faith is public. Today, we focus on what Jesus says about dealing with persecution when it inevitably comes. In this passage of John 15, he gives us 3 R’s for dealing with persecution..