Today is Wednesday, May 15, 2019. John chapter 17 is an incredible passage because we are given a window into Jesus’ intercessory role between us and the Father. In verses 20-26 we see Jesus crying out to the Lord to welcome us, all who believe in Jesus, to be co heirs with Christ. Jesus prays that the love, glory, oneness that he experiences with the Father may also be shared with us. This is our great joy brothers and sisters, that everything God has given to Jesus he has also given to us. May we glory in the knowledge of this truth today. - Jon
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 17:20-26 ]
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
_ What does Jesus’ intercessory role look like?(v. 20-26)
_ Do we deserve or have we earned the right to share in the glory of Jesus? (v 22)
_ Pause and reflect on this verse. That God has “loved them(us) even as you have loved me(Jesus)” (v 23)
_ What elements of Jesus’ character do we see revealed in this passage? (v 20-26)
_ What does it mean to have the love of God and Jesus in us? (v 26)
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)