Sunday, September 30, 2012

Designed, Defined, Assigned and Aligned

Sermon Title: Designed, Defined, Assigned and Aligned
Lesson Scripture: St John 17.13-23
Background Scripture: St John 17

Slide #1 (set): Roots
  • Gee Church
  • Gee stones
  • Gee Rd

Slide #2: Understanding Spiritual heritage can spark a movement, a revival and a new creation. Bible examples of this:

☞John 17 (listening):
  • Prayer
  • “I have revealed to them your word”
  • “They are yours”
  • “I am coming to You now...”
  • “protect them and make them one”
  • “I protected them and kept them safe”
  • “The world has hated them because of your word”
  • “They are not of the world any more than I am!”* (They are not owned by it!....They are NOT defined by the world)
  • “Protect them from the evil one in this world...” (how?)
  • “Sanctify them through truth...your word is truth”
  • “I send them like you sent me”
  • “I pray for those who’ll hear their message and be in us.”
  • “May they be one as we are one”
  • “I want those who’ve you’ve given me to be with me...”

  • Jesus has protected them (from what? Loss of identity, idolatry, worldliness)

Key cultural norms or contextual info to translate:
  • Jesus was headed to his death and was preparing disciples for life after his crucifixion

  • Jesus stays here until Judas shows up to betray him

Key insights to unpack:
  • This is a prayer

  • Jesus is about to leave (die) and asks for help for us (prays for us to have community with the Father)

  • Asked the Father to sanctify us through truth

Sanctify: Consecrate; make holy; “Assign a special usage and purpose to...”

Truth: The Message of God

Key references to expound:
  • What “word” was Jesus was referring to?

Slide #3: Jesus gave his followers the Father’s Word

Sanctify: Consecrate; make holy; “Assign a special usage and purpose to...”

Truth: The Message of God

Charter Meaning and Definition
  1. (n.) An instrument in writing, from the sovereign power of a state or country, executed in due form, bestowing rights, franchises, or privileges.
  2. (n.) The letting or hiring a vessel by special contract, or the contract or instrument whereby a vessel is hired or let; as, a ship is offered for sale or charter. See Charter party, below.
  3. (n.) An act of a legislative body creating a municipal or other corporation and defining its powers and privileges. Also, an instrument in writing from the constituted authorities of an order or society (as the Freemasons), creating a lodge and defining its powers.

Ratify this thing, Father:

rat·i·fy/ˈratəˌfī/: Sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid.

Slide #4: Challenge

  • Read John 17 (tonight)
  • Gather with believers who can strengthen you
  • Invite people to celebrate and learn with you
  • Fast & quiet yourself in order to seek God’s will for you & your community
  • Act: Pray, Use Yellow Card, Pit Stop, Bible Study, Get Plugged In
  • Expect the unimaginable from God for your life, family and community

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