Called For The World's Belief
Next Session - January 23 at 6 PM
John 17:14-24 NLT
14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.
15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.
16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do.
17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.
19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.
23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
What does your lifestyle indicate about your relationship to the world?
How is the Father’s relationship with the Son an example for us to follow in our relationships with other Christians?
If we bring division to the body of Christ, we are working directly contrary to the prayer of Jesus, and we are blowing our witness to the world. The witness of the unity of the church is a powerful evidence of who God is, as He brings together diverse people from different backgrounds and makes them one. Division in the body drives people away. They can have that anywhere.
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