Sermon: "the disciple and the world" by Randy Roberts
Part 3: disciple
Prayer: Jacqueline Lynch
Pastoral Welcome: Bernard Taylor
Children’s Feature: Rob Mohr
Child Dedication: Emme Malea Bautista - Genevieve Koh Isidro
Certain it is that the reason there is so much shallow living – much talk but little obedience – is that so few are prepared to be, like the pine on the hilltop, alone in the wind for God. – Amy Carmichael
I believe it to be a grave mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offense in it. – Dorothy Sayers
The greatest criticism of the Church today is that no one wants to persecute it: because there is nothing very much to persecute it about. – George F. MacLeod
Scripture Reading: John 15:18–21, TNIV - Sarah Hayhoe
John 15 contains the words Jesus spoke to his disciples about the key relationships any
disciple of his will have. The chapter might be outlined as follows:
John 15:1–11 the disciple’s relationship to Jesus
John 15:12–17 the disciple’s relationship to other
John 15:18–25 the disciple’s relationship to the
Today our sermon is based on that final section – the disciple’s relationship to the world.
What are we, as disciples of Jesus, to expect from the world around us? Should we expect
the world to appreciate and accept us, endorsing the Jesus-generated mission we espouse?
Should we expect the world to be in conflict with us and we with the world? Should we
expect the two to be friends? It is a significant question, the answer to which will determine
how we live in this world.
In the two previous sections of John 15, certain kinds of words have appeared and reappeared in the text. They have been words like abide and love and commandments and
fruit. Now, as we move into this section addressing the disciple’s relationship to the world, a
new word makes its appearance – a word that Jesus uses to describe how the world will feel
about his disciples. It’s the word hate. That’s an awfully strong word! What are we to make
of this? What does it mean and what implications does it hold for how everyday, ordinary
Christ-followers live their lives?
Let’s listen obediently to the text as we seek to understand the heart and the will of Jesus.
And let’s allow the words of Jesus to form our expectations of the world around us.
Note: Child dedications and baptisms are in the extras section of the DVD