Sunday, September 29, 2013

sent in mission like Jesus

Good afternoon friends,
Today in worship we talked about how our most important mission as Christians is how we live everyday in our work, with our friends and family, and in the other things we spend our time doing. Much of our ministry is in the world. Our passage for today is part of Jesus' great prayer to God the Father about the disciples. He prays about the tension that the disciples (and we) face: they are in the world, but connected to God beyond the world. Jesus sends the disciples into the world like the Father sent him. We are the sent people in mission to the world with prayer.
God bless,

John 17:15-23
15I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.
17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

20”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may 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 that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

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