John 17:20-26 Beyond The Sermon

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Here are a couple of resources pertaining to Sunday’s sermon from John 17:20-26 on Christian unity.

What Is Christian Unity? — An article by John Piper

Some questions for reflection:

  1. Of the many things that Jesus could pray for his followers in John 17, why do you think he made it a point to pray that “they may all be one”? 
  2. Some might that a focus on Christian unity would distract from reaching those who don’t know Christ as Savior. How does the end of 17:21 say that Christian unity benefits those outside the Christian faith?
  3. What is the correlation between Jesus prayer for oneness, and his command in John 13:34-35?
  4. How could you personally help to maintain and promote Christian unity?

Charles Spurgeon: “Where the Spirit of God is there must be love, and if I have once known and recognized any man to be my brother in Christ Jesus, the love of Christ constraineth me no more to think of him as a stranger or foreigner, but a fellow citizen with the saints.”

A prayer and reflection for Christian unity from the apostle Paul in Romans 15:5-7– May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live insuch harmony with one anotherin accord with Christ Jesus, that together youmay with one voice glorify bthe God and Father of our Lord Jesus ChristTherefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed youfor the glory of God.

 

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