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John 15:12-17 – “You are My Friends”

My sermon notes for Sunday, May 27th as we continue our study through The Gospel of John. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


John 15:12–17 – [12] “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. [14] You are my friends if you do what I command you. [15] No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. [16] You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. [17] These things I command you, so that you will love one another. (ESV)

John 15:12-17 – You are My Friends

Love one another as I have loved you and called you friends.

Remember, the key to these verses is v. 12 and 17.  Our love of one another.  We can/should love one another because of the love demonstrated by Christ.  HE LOVED US and CALLED US FRIENDS.  He has given us an example, but also provided the means by which we can love others… WE ARE HIS FRIENDS.

What does FRIENDSHIP with Jesus really mean?


You are my Friends – THE RELATIONSHIP/POSITION/STANDING – vv. 12-13


You are my friends – THE CONDITION/PROOF/EVIDENCE – v. 14



You are my friends – THE MISSION/TASK/DUTY/CALLING – v. 15a



You are my friends – THE PRIVILEGE – vv. 15b, 16b




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