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BIBLE STUDY – May 24, 2020
PRAYER: Holy Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts and minds to receive all that You want us to learn. As we read your word, shine on us the light of your truth. May we leave here with a deeper understanding of who you are and what your will is in each of our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
READING: John 17:1-11 Jesus Prays for His Disciples
1After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. 6 “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
In v.1, Jesus asks the Father to glorify Him so that He may glorify God. What do you think He means by that?In what ways can the Father glorify us as well, so that we may glorify Him?
How can Jesus’s description of “eternal life” expand our understanding of its scope to encompass the here and now, not just after death?
What does v.6 tell you about how we come to Christ?Is it a new understanding for you?
In v.7 and 8, Jesus describes those who followed Him.Do you see yourself in that description?
In v.11, Jesus asks the Father to protect believers so that we may be one, as He and the Father are one.What can we do as disciples at St. Bart, specifically, and in the world, generally, to help fulfill that oneness?
Jesus always seems to be teaching us about prayer.Looking at the whole reading, what can we learn from Him about how to pray and what to pray about?