20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Five essentials for spiritual vitality:
There’s a place you need to begin (seed),
Friends you need to find (soil),
Truths you need to know (root),
Disciplines you need to live (vine),
Resulting in the person God wants you want to be (fruit)
1. The meaning of the gospel
24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
Jesus uses the analogy of the seed dying as like his death on the cross. This is the place we need to begin- the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross is where our lives begin. Unless a seed dies there can be no growth. Unless Jesus’ death, there would be no redemption.
What is true in nature is also true in the spiritual realm. Death gives birth to new life. Jesus death is what
2. The importance of the gospel
The gospel is a word that means “good news”. It is “evangelon” in the Greek language. This word had a very specific, powerful meaning that was related to a primitive form of mass communication. When news of a battle was spread through ancient cities, it was the result of a man riding through town calling out the the good news of a victory. It was not mildly important news.
3. The implications of the gospel
- Christianity is not like religion
- I have to die to self to find life
- Nothing in life is more important
- Why do you believe Jesus used the analogy of the seed to talk about his death and the gospel?
- How does this apply to our own situation in which we “receive” the gospel?
- What do the lessons of death come to life teach us about our own spiritual lives?
- What does it mean to “die to self”?
- How are selfishness and self centeredness reflections of our deepest problems?
- How is Jesus the solution?
Posted on Sun, May 29, 2016
by Rick Thompson filed under