We are often looking at Jesus through filters we have created. The invitation is to come and see the real Jesus. We may be following a man who we don’t really know, and generations may be walking away from following a man who doesn’t really exist. The picture we have of Jesus may be an Instagram Jesus. In other words, what we want Jesus to look like and what we want Him to be. The truth is Jesus is a disruptive force. The unfiltered Jesus has the power to disrupt your life in the best possible way.
1. How do you think embracing John 15:11 would reshape our view of having fun and following Jesus?
2. When our focus is on trying to love Jesus enough it can be exhausting. Instead of focusing on loving Jesus we should be obsessed with his love for. How does this change of thought shift from weighing us down to lifting us up with hope and joy?
3. When we read John 15:9-12 we can so easily focus on the commands of God, but based on this passage what is the command we are to keep?
4. Looking at passages like Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 51: 12, and Romans 15:13 we see Joy is a central part of our reaction to God’s goodness. Would you describe your interaction with Jesus and his church as a joyful experience? Why or why not?
This is the Gospel (good news): God loves us. This message should shape every part of our existence and no matter what struggles we have, no matter how many times we turn our hearts away from God, we can rest assured that God always loves us with a never-ending love. This should lead us to worship him with a passion because we have the best news in the world. We have the Gospel.