John 17

This week we looked at Christ’s prayer to the Father on behalf of all Christians. One of the things that particularly struck me was the way that Christ weaves together the glory that He receives from the Father and blessings He bestows upon the believers, the most prominent of which is the unity that they have with the Father, Son, and with each
other. Christ prays that believers would be one, just as He is one with the Father. This is a sobering passage. It calls us to examine ourselves and asks, “Do we have that kind of unity?” What’s the solution if we don’t have it? The solution is not to manufacture unity for its own sake, but to draw closer to Christ. As we experience oneness with Him, we can experience oneness with believers. Another application I strongly suggest is praying for other believers regularly. Open up the church membership directory and begin praying for each person. Don’t worry about knowing the specific prayer request for each person (although, it never hurts to ask). Start by praying generally for them. Pray they would grow in knowing Christ better. As you pray for them, you might be surprised how this brings you into closer relationship with them.

To listen to this week’s sermon click here.

On Sunday we will look at John 18 through 19:16. This is the account of Jesus’ trial in both the Jewish and Gentile court. As you read this passage, ask yourself how Jesus’ response to everything that goes on is different than what one would normally expect.

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About mike

As a result of God's sovereign grace, Mike is--first and foremost--a Christian. He is the husband of a beautiful wife, father of five wonderful kids, and pastor of Greenbelt Baptist Church, in Maryland.
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