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 1 (1:27-38 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)