His Story - Week 34

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Acts 4:24-31

And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’— for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

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When we are shaken by the authority of Jesus, we won’t be shaken by the chaos of this world.

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In his final prayer Jesus prayed for himself. (17:1-5)

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John 17:1

…“Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you

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Me for you.

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The question is not whether he is for you – that’s been settled. It’s whether you are for him.

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In his final prayer Jesus prayed for his disciples. (17:6-19)

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John 17:6,11

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word… Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name…

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An isolated man (will begin to seek) his own desire, and (will) rage against all sound judgement.

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John 17:11,15

Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name… My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

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Our mission is not to disinfect Christians and put them on a shelf, but to disciple them and put them into service.

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John 17:17

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

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Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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Jesus + You = Everything you need

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John 17:7

Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.

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In his final prayer Jesus prayed for his church. (17:20-25)

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John 17:20-21

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

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John 17:9

…I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me…

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The church is God’s “plan A” for working in the world.

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– Judas was a liar, thief, and betrayer.

– Peter was a coward.

– James and John wanted to be #1.

– Thomas wasn’t sure if he believed.

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John 17:26

…that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Love Jesus the way that God loves Jesus.

Love others like Jesus loves us.

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– In how we serve our community.

– Through a unity in Jesus stronger than anything that could divide us.

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John 17:23

…then the world will know that you sent me…

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