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John 17:20-26: A Prayer for Unity Print E-mail
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It is remarkable to think that Jesus was praying for us the night before He was crucified on the cross. We should be awed and humbled by that fact. As we noted a few weeks ago, the idea that Jesus thought of us ‘above all’ on the cross is not true. Even in His prayer in John 17, we see that He begins with the glory of God (see v. 1-5). Yet, that does not mean that Jesus was unaware of or unconcerned about His future followers. His passion for His glory and His love for His people go together. His glorification is tied to our salvation. Thus, His glory and our good are both parts of the High Priestly prayer.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 April 2017 )
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John 17:13-19: A Prayer for Perseverance, Part 2 Print E-mail

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The author of Hebrews teaches us that holiness is necessary. He told us to strive for...the holiness without which no one will see the Lord (12:14). Holiness is not optional for the Christian. Some want to dismiss this as being legalistic and rule-oriented religion, but the Bible connects our relationship with God through faith in Jesus with striving to be holy, striving to be more like our Savior. Jesus connects growing in holiness, or sanctification, with perseverance in His prayer for the apostles in John 17. The Lord holds us fast and perseveres us in the faith by making us more and more like Jesus and setting us apart for the mission of declaring the good news.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 April 2017 )
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John 17:6-12: A Prayer for Perseverance, Pt. 1 Print E-mail

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I want to begin this morning by looking at the second verse of the song that we just sang, namely “He Will Hold Me Fast.” The lyrics state: ‘Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast; Precious in His holy sight, He will hold me fast. He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last; Bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast.’ What an amazing thought that God delights in those that He saves! He delights in them. They are precious in His sight. And because He delights in them and because they are precious to them, He will not let their souls be lost. Since Christ has paid such a dear price for their salvation on the cross, we can take great comfort in the truth that He will hold us fast.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 April 2017 )
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John 17: A Prayer for Glory Print E-mail

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The prayer of Jesus found in John 17 has rightly been called “the most important prayer offered in the entire history of the world.”1 It is often referred to as ‘The High Priestly Prayer’ because of Jesus’ intercession on behalf of the apostles and all those who would come to believe in Him through their witness. It can be broken up into three sections: Jesus’ prayer for Himself (v. 1-5), for the apostles (v. 6-19), and for the Church (v. 20-26). Since the last section involves a specific prayer of Jesus for us, we might be tempted to skip all that comes before it. But that would be a mistake. So for the next four weeks we will be walking through these three sections (spending two weeks on the second section) and asking the Lord to teach us from this most important prayer.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 April 2017 )
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Hebrews 13:7-25: A Closing Call to Follow Christ Print E-mail

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Jesus is better than anything or anyone else in all of creation. From the opening of the letter of Hebrews to our passage this morning, the author has argued for the superiority of Jesus. He is better than angels, better than Moses, and better than Joshua. He is the better rest, the better High Priest, and the better sacrifice. His covenant is better than the old for the access it provides to the presence of God is better. Faith in Him is better than the passing pleasures of this world and the glory of Mount Zion is better than the glory of Mount Sinai. His Kingdom cannot be shaken. The author of Hebrews has written all of this to show us that Jesus is better. No one compares to Him. I pray that we have all seen this glorious truth clearly in our study of this book.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 April 2017 )
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Hebrews 13:1-6: Love Like Christ Print E-mail

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Loving God normally feels easier than loving other people. Sometimes people joke about how loving the Lord is not the problem, it is trying to love His people. I talk to folks regularly who say that they love God but refuse to go to church because they have been hurt by people in the Church. Truth is, relationships are hard. Loving people, truly loving people, takes effort. One way around this is to change the definition of love from wanting to serve and care for others for their good to just tolerating others. When true love, which includes tough love, gets hard, we just do something different to avoid the trouble. But that is not love. And not loving is not optional for the follower of Christ. In fact, to say we love God while not loving those around us is to lie (see 1 John 4:20). If we truly love God, then we must truly love others. We must do both or neither is true.

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 March 2017 )
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