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John 14:15-27 NLT

1415 “If you love me, obey my commandments.

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.

17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

18  No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 

19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 

20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

22  Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”

23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.

24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.

25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you.

26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

1 Peter 3:13-16 NLT

313 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?

14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.

15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

16  But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.


The Message

Rev Dr Brice Thomas

Sermon Theme: Advocates for Peace
Biblical Principle:

Remembering Jesus’ words and walking in His way is something we try hard to do. Sometimes walking in His way is difficult and means that we make sacrifices to make sure we do not harm others. We do it because love is the commandment we live by, and the Holy Spirit is our advocate to help us. In the Apostle Peter’s letter to various churches in Asia Minor suffering religious persecution, he encourages the people to always be ready to share from their hearts about the source of peace and hope that is in them–Jesus Christ.


How do we “sanctify Christ as Lord” in our hearts? To “sanctify” something is to set it apart as holy. Holiness resides within each one of us. It calls us to see holiness in others. It calls us to do the right thing in the name of Love, even when the right thing isn’t easy. Sometimes the right thing, and the hardest thing, is to follow the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. We often focus about loving our neighbor, but we also must hear the second part… love ourselves. The Spirit is in us, Jesus says, and to love ourselves is to love God, to love the Jesus in each of us, and to love the Spirit that is our Companion and Helper.


Make a large heart out of whatever paper you have on hand, or download this heart attachment. Fill the heart with words of Jesus you will keep in your heart this week. Choose another scripture each week to memorize and use in your devotions and prayer time. Keep a journal of how these words of Jesus have impacted you each week.

As we move from worship to Zoom for communion and prayer, we will share our hearts together. What have you done lately to sanctify yourself? How can you honor the holy within you–and advocate for peace in the world? Have you witnessed people doing the right thing for others?


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