This week’s sermon from Shepherd of the Hills focuses on the passage from the Gospel of John, specifically Chapter 14, verses 15-21. The message begins with the speaker sharing personal experiences of losing both parents and reflecting on the feeling of being orphaned, connecting it to the disciples’ fear of being left alone after Jesus’ departure.
The sermon emphasizes the commandment of Jesus to love one another as a central theme in the Gospel of John. Jesus states that those who love Him will keep His commandments. The speaker acknowledges the initial discomfort some may feel with this statement but highlights the significance of Jesus’ authority in making such a statement. The primary commandment of Jesus mentioned in the Gospel of John is to love one another.
The sermon then discusses the Holy Spirit, referred to as the Advocate, which Jesus promises to send to His disciples. The Holy Spirit is described as God’s presence that will always be with the disciples, even after Jesus’ physical departure. The Holy Spirit is seen as a helper, comforter, counselor, and the driving force behind the strength to carry out missions and acts of love.
The sermon concludes with a reflection on the words of Jesus in verse 20, emphasizing the interconnectedness between Jesus, the disciples, and the Father. The speaker emphasizes the importance of recognizing this unity and abiding in it.
Throughout the sermon, personal anecdotes, biblical interpretations, and reflections on the significance of the passage are used to convey the message of love, the promise of the Holy Spirit’s presence, and the unity between Jesus, the disciples, and God the Father.
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