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“Love That Conquers Hate”

John 15:18-25


If you had the choice, would you rather know about your future or not?



In the message this week, was there anything that particularly caught

your attention, challenged or confused you?

Going Deeper

Why do you think Jesus warned his followers about persecution and


Looking back at John 15:11 and comparing it to John 15:18-25, how do

you evaluate the cost/benefit of following Jesus?

Define what “suffering for Christ” means in your own words.

Read each of the following verses and determine a Godly response to

suffering: Romans 8;17, Acts 5:41, 1 Peter 4:12, James 1:2


In John 15:11 Jesus spoke about His joy being in us. Now, as Jesus speaks

of suffering, our joy can indicate our progress in spiritual battle. Using a

scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high) how would you rate yourself in the following


Understanding ______

Loving _______

Praying ________

How do you maintain your high score? What practical steps can you

take to improve your low score?

Message Notes
“Love That Conquers Hate”

John 15:18-25 CSB

1. John 15:18 – IF?

A primary particle of conditionality: KJV – “For as much as,”

“For as much as you remain in Christ like love…” John 15:9-17 CSB

a. Christ’s love will be in you v. 11

b. Your joy will be complete (____________________) v.11

c. You will produce fruit v.16

d. The world will _______________ v.11

Your overflowing complete __________ is what is under attack!

Why does Jesus warn us about suffering?

The disciples first-hand experience with suffering…

“The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been

counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” Acts 5:41 CSB

(See also Romans 8:17, 1 Peter 4:12, and James 1:2)

The suffering of Christ vs. other types of suffering

Suffering for _______________________

Suffering in response to _______________________

Suffering for failing to _______________________

The sufferings of Christ

Reason for Christ suffering: “They will do all this to you because of me,

for they have rejected the One who sent me.” John 15:21

Our response to suffering is completely different than the world’s

and will influence lost souls into salvation!

You are in a spiritual battle for YOUR joy! Fight it!

When there is no reason for what is happening to you…

1. _______________________

2. _______________________

3. _______________________