Sermons 2018

Belonging Co

May 27 - Belonging Co. John 17 - The Commencement: A Prayer for Public Discipleship

We are in commencement season. Colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, and home schools, are inviting speakers to give a commencement address to the graduating students. It is a fun and exciting time of year as it celebrates the end of one journey and the beginning of new adventures. I have always enjoyed commencement speeches, especially ones that leave me inspired to live the best life possible. As we wrap up our Belonging series this Sunday, we come to John 17. The whole chapter is a prayer by Jesus, the longest prayer that we have recorded by him. It is a beautiful and powerful prayer. It is deeply personal and reveals Jesus' intimate relationship with the Father. Yet, the prayer is more than Jesus' desires for his disciples. The prayer commissions the disciples for the journey they are about to embark on without Jesus. It is a call to faithfulness in the world; to remaining steadfast in the Jesus way. It is a prayer for public discipleship.


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