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Date: October 3, 2021
Title: Abide in Me
Passage: John 15:1-17
Speaker: Bob Corbin
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* Over the past four weeks, we have been considering Jesus' loving, servant leadership to His followers - expressed by His example of humility in serving them while they bickered regarding their greatness, and expressed through the promises that He gave them in the midst of their dismay.
* Over the past two weeks, we have considered Jesus' promises to those who believe in Him. First, that He would prepare a dwelling place (monae) in His Father's house. Next, Jesus stated that He would intercede on their behalf with the Father; if they asked anything in His name (according to His will) He would accomplish it for us. He then promised those who love Him and keep His commandments, that He would send the Holy Spirit to dwell within them; and that the Father and Son would set up their monae in the believer! Finally, He promised them His peace.
* As we transition into chapter 15, Jesus begins to teach His disciples while they are traveling from the upper room to Gethsemane. In this final time of teaching, Jesus seeks to encourage them in face of what they will experience in life.
* Jesus shares that the key to living a fruitful life will be abiding in Him. Abiding (meno) is the verbal root of monae. We must choose to dwell in Christ, in His Word and in His Love. If we do so, we will bear fruit and the Father will be glorified.