John 13:18-38 – “New and Improved” Sun. Sept. 17th 2017 – Pastor Stephan Sermon Outline I. Jesus Calls Us to Embrace His Love through Repentance (John 13:18-33). II. Our Love for One Another is a Revealing Characteristic of our Christian Life (John 13:34-35). A. The newness of the command is not in love or its self-sacrificial nature (Lev. 19:18). B. The newness lies in Christ which one experiences through new birth (Matt. 5:43-44). C. Christian love begins with the personal encounter of Christ’s love (Eph. 3:14-19). III. Christ’s Love is Powerless without the Reality of the Indwelling Spirit (John 13:36-38). Questions for Study and Reflection 1. Recall a time when you experienced a “new and improved” product or service which really was neither new nor improved. What was it? When did you experience something that was really new and improved? 2. Read John 13:18-38. What is the central turning point in this story? Why did Jesus give Judas the piece of bread (vs.26)? Was it an act of love or of “handing him over”? Why? 3. Reread vss. 34-35. Why is this in the centre of this section, i.e. why does Jesus say this right at this time? Read point II, the subpoints, and the Scripture with each subpoint. Do you agree with these? Why or why not? Discuss these as they are fairly important. 4. Read point III. Do you agree with this? Why or why not? See also 1 John 4:20-21 and Matt. 5:43-44. How are we doing on these matters of loving as Jesus has called us to love? 5. Reflect on verses 34-35, as well as the Scripture in question 4 above. How does your love compare to the love Jesus requests of us? What name(s) are the Lord laying upon your heart in terms of your lack of love? Why is that? What do you chose to do? How are you going to do it? Who do you know who needs to experience this new and improved love of God through you?