Messy Christianity…Overwhelming Joy

Joy in its Maturity (3)

John 15                                                                                                    June 4, 2017

Pastor Todd Harker

Scripture Emphasis:

1 Peter 4:12-13 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

Hatred (n) – intense dislike or ill will

To Hate (v) – to feel intense or passionate dislike for someone

Hate (n) – intense or passionate dislike

Miseí – to detest; especially to persecute

There’s no wonder why Jesus equated hatred in one’s heart with the act of murder.  Hatred is ugly.  It seeks the hurt and harm for another.  It can also be the basis for another JIIMM (Joy in its Maturity Morsel).

Observations from John 15…

  1. As a believer, the predominate thing I should hate is ______________
  1. As a believer, I should ___________________ the hatred of the world
  1. The world loves people who act, think and ______________ like them
  • All “religions” and non-religions have a single belief – they do not believe in the _______________ and _________________________
  1. The world hates people who know, live and _____________ the truth
  • We are on a different _______ leading to a different ____________
  • We live according to different ___________________ – John 15:1-17
  1. JIIMM – hatred by the world means it ______________ me with Jesus
  • I am truly “______________” in Him
  • When they look at the branch, they see the ___________



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