The Upper Room

The Upper Room is a 5-week series during our weekend services on intimacy with Jesus as seen and experienced in the Book of John, chapters 13-17. Here we are providing you with further time to spend with the Lord in His word through this devotional series. Enjoy!

The Upper Room, Devotions in John Week 1 (1:17)

Week 1

Day 1

Praise (What are you thankful for your weekend with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 13:1 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • How did you feel when someone expressed love/kindness to you beyond measure?
  • What does sacrifice look like to you?
  • How would you share your love for Jesus if you knew you were going to die soon?
  • In what way(s) does this change or deepen your understanding of Jesus?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF FOR JOHN 13:1

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Week 1

Day 2

Praise (What are you thankful for in Day 1 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 13:2-8 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Have you ever served someone whom you know has deeply hurt you in some way?
  • What/who gave you the strength to do so? And how did you know?
  • How did you handle it the last time you were enticed by the evil one towards sin? (Read James 1:13-15)
  • Pause for a moment and reflect on the fact of God almighty washing men’s feet? What sort of emotions rise up in you?
  • What does it really mean for God to love you?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF FOR JOHN 13:2-8

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Week 1

Day 3

Praise (What are you thankful for in Day 2 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 13:9-11 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • When have you caught yourself being prideful?
  • Why do you suppose Scripture pays most attention to the sin of pride?
  • Compare these 3 verses to your understanding of the cross/God’s sacrificial love?
  • What does it mean to you to surrender in order to know Christ’s love?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF FOR JOHN 13:9-11

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Day 4

Praise (What are you thankful for in Day 3 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 13:12-17 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Through your observations, how have you often thought someone was a follower of Jesus?
  • Why do you suppose Jesu placed so emphasis on serving others as a mark of following Him?
  • In what way(s) does pride run interference?
  • Think about how Philippians 2:1-11 ties in with these verses in John?
  • What does the statement, “The more we sacrificially love others, the more we discover Christ,” mean to you personally?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF FOR JOHN 13;12-17

 

The Upper Room, Devotions in John Week 2 (13:27-38 and Matthew 5:43-48)

Week 2

Day 5

Praise (What are you thankful for your weekend with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 13:27-38 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Read James 1:13-15 and apply it to Judas out of verses 27-30.
  • What does Jesus’ “new command’ mean to you personally?
  • Provide examples of loving others as Jesus has loved you?
  • What would your reaction and response be if Jesus were to reveal to you a sin you’re about to commit?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF FOR JOHN 13:27-38

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Week 2

Day 6

Praise (What are you thankful for from Day 5 with the Lord?)

Read the text: Matthew 5:43-48 on Forgiveness (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What is forgiveness?
  • What do the following references tell you about forgiveness: Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:35; Luke 17:4.
  • How do you come to an understanding of forgiveness from these verses?
  • In what way(s) can you forgive others even if you cannot speak to that person for whatever reason?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON MATTHEW 5:43-48 (FORGIVENESS)

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Week 2

Day 7

Praise (What are you thankful for from Day 6 with the Lord?)

Read the text: Matthew 5:43-48 The Goodness in Others (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • How do you think it’s possible for goodness to be in others? (Consider Roman 8:1-39)
  • What do the following references tell you about goodness: Psalms 37:4; Galatians 5:22; Matthew 5:16.
  • How do you come to an understanding of goodness from these verses?
  • In what way(s) can you recognize the goodness in others even if they fail you?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON MATTHEW 5:43-48 (GOODNESS IN OTHERS)

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Week 2

Day 8

Praise (What are you thankful for from Day 7 with the Lord?)

Read the text: Matthew 5:43-48 Winning the Friendship (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • How do you think it’s possible win over a difficult person?
  • What do the following references tell you about winning friendships: Proverbs 15:1-7; Luke 6:27-36; Romans 12:9-21.
  • How do you come to an understanding of winning over a friendship from these verses?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON MATTHEW 5:43-48 (WINNING THE FRIENDSHIP)

The Upper Room, Devotions in John Week 3 (14:1-14)
Week 3

Day 9

Praise (What are you thankful for from your weekend with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 14:1-6 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What other paths have you tried to head down hoping to find Jesus there, or some hope?
  • In your own words, how do you respond to the following question: What if Jesus’ exclusivity makes Him the most inclusive person?
  • Jesus said, ‘I am the Way…” Looking at these verses how would you describe the “Way” to someone. (Then consider Romans 6:23, 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 14:1-6

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Week 3

Day 10

Praise (What are you thankful for from day 9 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 14:9-11 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What is Truth mean to you?
  • What do the following references tell you about the Truth of Jesus? (Matthew 16:13-17; John 20: 30-31; I John 2:22-23; 5:9-13)
  • Jesus said, ‘I am the Truth…” Looking at these verses how would you describe this “Truth” to someone. (Then consider John 16:13; 17:17; Psalm 119:160.)
  • How do you identify with Christ’s identity in the Father?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF on John 14:9-11

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Week 3

Day 11

Praise (What are you thankful for from day 10 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 14:12-14 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What does a resurrected life in Christ mean to you?
  • What do the following references tell you about our lives in Christ? (Galatians 2:20; John 11:25-26; 10:10; Romans 8:38-39.)
  • Jesus said, ‘I am the Life…” Looking at these verses how would you describe this “Life” to someone.
  • How are you participating in the God life?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 14:12-14

The Upper Room, Devotions in John Week 4 (14:13-28)
Week 4

Day 12

Praise (What are you thankful for from your weekend with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 14:13-28 (Introduction) (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What comes to mind when you consider the word intimacy?
  • What scares you about this same word?
  • Check out these references on intimacy with God: Jeremiah 29:11; I John 1:9, 3:1; James 4:8
  • How do you feel about the Lord’s desire and acts of intimacy toward you?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON INTRO TO JOHN 14:13-28

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Week 4

Day 13

Praise (What are you thankful for Day 12 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 14:20-21, 23 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What comes to mind when you consider the word abide?
  • What scares you about this same word?
  • Check out John 15:1-5 regarding this intimate relationship with the Lord.
  • What do you see as your role/responsibility in abiding in Christ?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 14:20-21, 23

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Week 4

Day 14

Praise (What are you thankful for Day 13 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 14:13, 15, 21, 23 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What comes to mind when you consider obedience?
  • What scares you about this same word?
  • Consider the following references on obedience: I Samuel 15:22; James 1:22, 4:7; Luke 6:46; Philippians 2:8;
  • How do you personally put obedience into practice? (Example: Consistent prayer, etc.)
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 13, 15, 21, 23

The Upper Room, Devotions in Matthew Week 5 (18:23-35)

This week, we’re step aside from Book of John. But the topic is so important that we still wanted to include in our Upper Room Devos.

Week 5
Day 15

Praise (What are you thankful for from your weekend with the Lord?)

Read the text: Matthew 18:23-26 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What do you want to be known for?
  • Why do you suppose forgiveness was a key ingredient to the Kingdom of God?
  • How is sin an unpayble debt?
  • Consider the following references on forgiveness: Matthew 18:21-22; Mark 11:25; I John 1:9; Luke 6:37; Proverbs 10:12
  • In what way(s) can you be known for regarding forgiveness?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON MATTHEW 18:23-26

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Week 5

Day 16

Praise (What are you thankful for Day 15 with the Lord?)

Read the text: Matthew 18:28-32 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Why do you suppose it was so hard for the servant to forgive even though he’d been forgiven?
  • What does it mean to you to be forgiven by the Lord?
  • Consider the following references on forgiveness: Matthew 6:12, 14-15; Colossians 3:13; Proverbs 28:13.
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON MATTHEW 18:28-32

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Week 5

Day 17

Praise (What are you thankful for Day 16 with the Lord?)

Read the text: Ephesians 4:31-32 and John 15:1-5 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Out of Ephesians, Joel encouraged you and me to “focus on the do’s.” How would you go about doing that, so that the “do not’s will fade away?”
  • Howe do you see John 15:1-5 promoting and developing a consistent spirit if forgiveness?
  • When do you and how should you obtain help (i.e. counseling)?
  • How do you see the spiritual disciplines coming into play?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON EPHESIANS 4:31-32 and John 15:1-5

The Upper Room, Devotions in John Week 6 (15:1, 5)
Week 6

Day 18

Praise (What are you thankful for from your weekend with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 15:1-5 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Imagining God as the Gardener and Jesus as the vine, what does the garden/vineyard in your mind look like?
  • Why do you suppose the Lord placed His followers in the image as branches?
  • What does abiding look like to you?
  • How to you personally keep on abiding?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF for John 15:1,5

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Week 6

Day 19

Praise (What are you thankful for Day 18 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 15:2-8 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What does pruning from God mean to you personally?
  • How do you envision the relationship of abiding and pruning?
  • In what ways have you experienced His pruning?
  • How do you see Hebrews 12:6 coming into play here?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF FOR JOHN 15:2-8

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Week 6

Day 20

Praise (What are you thankful for Day 19 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 15:5, 8 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What does the idea of bearing fruit mean to you personally?
  • How do you envision the relationship of abiding and fruit?
  • In what ways have you experienced His fruit in and through you?
  • What fruit have you seen in others that has blessed you?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 15:5, 8

 

The Upper Room, Devotions in John Week 7 (15:18-27)
Week 7

Day 21

Praise (What are you thankful for from your weekend with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 15:18-27 on Pressure & Purpose (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What comes to mind when you think of persecution?
  • Ryan used the words, pressure and rejection. In what way(s) do you see these as a degree of persecution here in the US and/or your world?
  • How has any kind of pressure hindered your purpose of being salt and light?
  • How are you going to live your purpose as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 15:18-27 ON PRESSURE & PURPOSE

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Week 7

Day 22

Praise (What are you thankful for Day 21 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 15:18-27 on The Cost (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Name costs of following Jesus?
  • What costs have you personally experienced?
  • In what ways have you overcome costs you’ve experienced?
  • How are you going to live differently as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 15:18-27 THE COST

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Week 7

Day 23

Praise (What are you thankful for Day 22 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 15:18-27 on The REWARD (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What do you see as Christ’s mission?
  • What do you understand to be your role in His mission?
  • What hurdles have you faced?
  • What victories/reward have you experienced from the Lord?
  • How do you want to keep pressing on as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 15:18-27 ON THE REWARD

 

The Upper Room, Devotions in John Week 8 (16:5-15)
Week 8

Day 24

Praise (What are you thankful for from your weekend with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 16:5-7 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • When have you felt sad that a dear friend was moving away even though you knew it was for the best?
  • Describe in your own words how you suppose the disciples felt when Jesus told them He was leaving.
  • Why do you think it’s better to have Jesus’ Spirit rather than Him in the flesh?
  • What does it mean to you personally to understand the Holy Spirit to be a counselor?
  • How do you want to keep pressing on as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 16:5-7

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Week 8

Day 25

Praise (What are you thankful for DAY 24 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 16:8-11 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What do you sense the Spirit convicting you of right now? (sin, a decision, a relationship, etc.)
  • Why do you suppose it’s so important for the H.S. to convict or reprove you?
  • In what ways do you see the H.S. using you to bring light into this world?
  • Who can you be praying for to discover the love of Jesus?
  • How do you want to keep pressing on as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 16:8-11

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Week 8

Day 26

Praise (What are you thankful for DAY 25 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 16:12-16 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • What do the words, Spirit of Truth, mean to you?
  • What truths do you believe the H.S. is guiding you into right now?
  • What hurdles are you facing that you need to turn over to the Lord to free you?
  • How do you want to keep pressing on as a result of this study?

PDF on John 16:12-16

 

The Upper Room, Devotions in John Week 9 (16:16-33)
Week 9

Day 27

Praise (What are you thankful for from your weekend with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 16:16-24 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • When have you experienced a time of sorrow that turned to joy?
  • What do you think it would have been like for the disciples to hear that their Messiah was going to die?
  • Describe the difference in your own mind of going through this type of sorry without the Holy Spirit versus you going through it with the Holy Spirit?
  • How does it feel to you knowing that Jesus’ victory over death was and is assured, even though we all experience some degree of suffering?
  • How do you want to keep pressing on as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 16:16-24

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Week 9

Day 28

Praise (What are you thankful for from DAY 27 with the Lord?)

Read the text: John 16:25-33 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

  • Do you truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, in His life, death and resurrection?
  • Would you describe yourself a growing disciple of Jesus?
  • Are you discipling others, who are discipling others?
  • How do you want to keep pressing on as a result of this study?

PDF ON JOHN 16:25-33