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1 That means You and I If we are His Disciples! Jn.15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 1

2 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-- fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other. I. LOVE v I have loved you... It s good for us to remember He loved us! 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. Breaking Bread has His death lost impact? After the Last Supper what horror ahead! All because He Loved us!!! Unconditional love just as the Father loved Him! (v.9) 2

3 2Co 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (NIV) We work so hard to accumulate & enjoy temporal things... Sometimes forgetting how eternally rich we really are! Jn.15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. II. He Calls Us Friends 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. What a transformation! From being friends with the Enemy To being friends of the Royal Son of God! We have become family by grace through faith - but He chose to call us friends! What an honour! 3

4 Remember Mordecai... Es 6:11 So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, "This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor! (NIV) One pastor: Servants have kitchen duties, but friends have parlour opportunities So remain (abide) in Him!!! III. Teaching v.15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. Mt.7:28-29 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. 4

5 Beware even well-meaning Christian leaders can go astray when pride sets in! It happened with the Pharisees! It can happen to us when we depart from the Basic Principles... By 1510 the entire Church had slipped into a series of meaningless, unspiritual rituals... A religion of ignorance and fear Of good works and blind obedience to what their leaders said that God required of them! The people had no Bibles and no knowledge of God and they were perishing! 5

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10 C.H. Spurgeon ( ) The Prince of Preachers 6000 Metropolitan Tabernacle How could he say such a thing about the Church? A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the Church will have clowns entertaining the goats 2Tim.4:3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear STEPS TO PERSONAL REFORMATION Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Psalm 85:6 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 What does the Lord your God ask of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deut.10:12 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deut.6:6-7 10

11 Oh, how I love Your Law! I meditate on it all day long. Psalm Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching & admonishing one another in Psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, singing with gratitude in your hearts to God. Col.3:16 Man does not live on bread alone but on every Word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deut.8:3 All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2Tim.3:16 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Mt.5:6 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice & all deceit, hypocrisy, envy & slander of every kind. 1Pe.2:1 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test & approve what God's will is His good, pleasing & perfect will. Ro.12:2.Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture.. 1 Timothy 4:13 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11 11

12 If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath.. if you call the Sabbath a delight.. if you honour it..then you will find your joy in the Lord.. Is.58:13-14 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, & you will be My witnesses... Act.1:8 Do not go about spreading slander among your people. Do not do anything that endangers your neighbour's life. I am the Lord. Lev.19:15-16 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our Faith. Heb 12:2 Dr. Peter Hammond: For those who say that they do not have the time for these Steps to Personal Reformation, I can add another suggestion: Be very careful, then, how you live not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Eph 5:

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