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1 Samuel 1-3: A Barren Woman, A Half-Blind Priest, and A Favored Son 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 ( Friday, 05 May 2017 )
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John 20-21: Believe and Bear Witness Print E-mail

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Mark Johnston in his study through the gospel of John writes: “‘Faith’ must be one of the most vacuous and slippery terms in the vocabulary of religion.”1 What he means is that we throw the term ‘faith’ around a lot without much meaning or significance. We have ‘faith’ in all sorts of things: our cars to get us to work, our retirement funds to be enough, our favorite sports’ team to win the Series. But Johnston says that we even do this when it comes to religion. We put our ‘faith’ in our favorite preacher or author, our favorite church or organization, even faith itself at times. Often faith is very broad: ‘I just believe in God,’ or ‘in a Higher Power.’ So let me ask you a question this morning about your religious faith: what do you believe? Where does your faith rest?

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 April 2017 )
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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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