Study Questions (Suggested time: 40 min)
Please complete these questions prior to your group’s meeting time.
1) What idea or example has stuck with you since you heard the sermon this week?
2) Jesus’ imagery of the Vine (Jesus) and branches (His followers) would have seemed dramatic to the first listeners. Historically, Israel was considered the Vine, but here Jesus says He is the true Vine, and He goes on to describe an intimacy they have never known.
a. The word “abide” comes up often in this passage. How would you summarize what Jesus means when He says, “Abide in Me, and I in you”? (vs 4)
b. In 1 John 3:24, John explains what he means by abiding. What gives evidence of those who abide in Jesus?
c. How might others see that you are abiding in Jesus these days?
3) In the Old Testament, only two men were called friends of God – Abraham (2 Chron. 29:7, Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23) and Moses (Exodus 33:11).
a. What kind of impact might the words of Jesus, “you are My friends” (vs. 14-16) have had on those listening?
b. What impact does it have on you to know that Jesus calls you Friend?
c. If you have an example to share, tell of a time when you experienced true friendship with Jesus.
4) This chapter closes with a timely reminder for us today.Jesus states clearly that the world will hate His followers.
a. What are some examples of the ways Jesus responded to hatred?
b. Whether they are directed toward you or to others, how do you respond to acts of hatred?
c. What have you learned about abiding from the passage this week that might help you to respond with the love of Jesus when you come face-to-face with hatred?
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