This Week's Bulletin

This week's bulletin

May 19, 2024

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"A Love/Hate Relationship" (John 15:18-25)

John 15:18-25

 

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.'

1) We do not belong to the world.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us that we were not our own; we were bought at a price. We belong to God.

 

There's a big difference between what the world values and what God values.

 

God paid an extremely high price to purchase us for Himself. He sacrificed His only begotten Son.

2) We should expect opposition.

 

If we don't face some type of opposition for our faith, something is wrong.

 

Perhaps we've gotten so used to religious freedoms in our country that we think God owes them to us. He doesn't.

 

Reasons people hated Jesus (and still hate Him today)

 

  • He exposes our sin.
  • Hearing His truth increases our accountability.

 

If the world thinks you are wonderful, you might want to question if you are being bold enough in your faith.

3) We need to abide in Christ.

 

Being hated by the world hurts. The only way to overcome that hurt is by abiding in Christ.

 

We were never designed to withstand the storms on our own.

A Prayer to Trust in Jesus


If you've never placed your faith in Jesus, pray this prayer to God:


Jesus, I believe in You. I confess that I’m sinful… but I thank you for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. Right now I turn away from doing things my own way and I place my trust in You. I surrender to You as my Lord. I give my heart to You right now. Thank you for accepting me into Your family. I’m Yours completely. Amen.”


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