Worship Preparation: November 17, 2019

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Read the sermon text: John 17:6-19

Read the sermon summary: This Sunday we will continue considering Jesus’ prayer to the Father, concluding what has been called the Last Discourse. Immediately after this prayer, Jesus will be arrested, unfairly sentenced, and crucified. This is his hour for which he came into the world. However, Jesus’ last words aren’t ones of helplessness, but of selflessness as he prays for his disciples. Notice his three main requests for them: keep them in your name (v. 11), keep them from the evil one (v. 15), and sanctify them in your truth (v. 17). Jesus’ desire is that they would be one with him and the Father and share in his joy. Since we know that Jesus always prayed according to the will of the Father, we are sure that these prayers were answered and are being answered for his disciples. In that regard, they are promises to us to be received in faith. The Father is keeping us and sanctifying us for his glory. In preparing for the sermon this Sunday consider the following questions: What distinctions are made through the passage between the disciples and the world? For what purpose does Jesus ask that the Father keep them in his name (v. 11)? What does the word sanctify refer to in this passage, especially concerning the context of verses 17-19?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:  
 
It Is Well with My Soul
When peace like a river
Attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot
Thou hast taught me to say
It is well
It is well with my soul
 
Chorus
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul
 
Tho' Satan should buffet
Tho' trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ hath regarded
My helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood
For my soul
 
My sin O the bliss
Of this glorious tho't
My sin not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross
And I bear it no more
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord O my soul
 
And Lord haste the day
When the faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound
And the Lord shall descend
Even so it is well
With my soul
 
CCLI Song # 25376
Horatio Gates Spafford | Philip Paul Bliss
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Mark Wood

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