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Title: "The Marks of Being Remarkable"

Text: John 17:1-17-26

Click here for the full discussion guide for this morning's sermon.

’Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. I sanctify myself for them, so that they also may be sanctified by the truth. “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word. May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they will see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the world’s foundation. Righteous Father, the world has not known you. However, I have known you, and they have known that you sent me. I made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love you have loved me with may be in them and I may be in them.”’

John 17:17-26

Jesus’ life was just as important as His death.

’Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you gave him authority over all flesh, so that he may give eternal life to everyone you have given him. This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent — Jesus Christ. I have glorified you on the earth by completing the work you gave me to do. ‘

John 17:1-4

When we speak of the glory of God, we speak of the revelation of His character to the world.

’The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ‘

John 1:14

“The point of this…is that Jesus submitted and was obedient to God’s purpose for him. That purpose in his life, death, and resurrection (his glorification) was to glorify (reveal) God and to bring the promise of eternal life and salvation to the world.” - Gerald Borchert

The church lives to know God and make Him known

1. Our joy is satisfied (John 17:13)

’Now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy completed in them. ‘

John 17:13

’keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ‘

Hebrews 12:2

’I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in truth. ‘

3 John 1:4

Would you rather be happy and comfortable for 5 minutes and disappointed for eternity or would you rather be uncomfortable for 5 minutes and supremely happy for eternity?

Supreme joy does not come from getting our way, it comes from getting out of the way and letting God rule our lives as we were set apart to do.

2. Our lives are sanctified. (John 17:17-19)

’Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. I sanctify myself for them, so that they also may be sanctified by the truth. ‘

John 17:17-19

You can’t emulate what you don’t examine. You can’t become what You won’t behold.

“A person who calls himself a ‘Christian’ and makes no effort to live the sanctified life has no right to the name.” - John Calvin

3. Our fellowship is unified. (John 17:20-21a)

’“I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word. May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. ‘

John 17:20-21

It is important to see that unity is not a goal to be achieved it is a byproduct of looking like Christ.

Wherever there is disunity, there is deformity. The more people fragment, the less they look like Jesus.

4. Our witness is multiplied (John 17:21b)

’May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. ‘

John 17:21

Our lives are not changed by this gospel, why would theirs be?

Our witness is not compelling because our lives are not changing.

5. Our Father is glorified. (John 17:22-23)

’'I have given them the glory you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me. ‘

John 17:22-23

Jesus left you in charge of the glory (character) of the Father being revealed in the world.

Instead of our joy being satisfied, we are unhappy
Instead of our lives being sanctified, our lives are wasted
Instead of our fellowship being unified, we are fragmented and angry
Instead of our witness being multiplied, we are irrelevant.
Instead of our Father being glorified, He is defamed.

’“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they will see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the world’s foundation. Righteous Father, the world has not known you. However, I have known you, and they have known that you sent me. I made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love you have loved me with may be in them and I may be in them.”’

John 17:24-26

Discussion Questions to consider for this week's life group:

  1. Why do you think most people believe that they are alive?
  2. Is there a relationship between a lack of purpose and depression? How do people fill that lack of purpose in their lives? What are some addictions and habits come from people coping incorrectly with their depression and lack of purpose?
  3. What do you think Jesus’ purpose was in the world? What was the purpose of His life?
  4. Jesus made it clear that one of His objectives was to glorify the Father. What do you think it means to glorify the Father? How did Jesus do that?
  5. If this was Jesus’ purpose and we are to follow Jesus, how do we glorify God in revealing His character?
  6. Stop for a minute and think about the people around you everyday. If they were filmed and interviewed about how well you reveal the character and nature of God, how good would you feel about it being aired tonight in small group?
  7. Why is it difficult for us to reveal the character and nature of God in our lives? What has to happen for this to occur?

Walking Points:

Create action steps to intentionally reveal the character of God to those in your life today.

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