Agree with God – The Church

Agree with God - Church

Agree with God in the Church

Agree with God – The Church

We have been doing a short series on agreeing with God.

  • Agree with God as He speaks about our sin
  • Agree with God for our own Christian life
  • Today I want to look at agreeing with God as His Church

John 17:20-23 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 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. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

This is Jesus last prayer before he went into the Garden of Gethsemane where he was soon to be arrested. When we look at John 17 we see that in:

  • Verses 1 to 5 – Jesus prays for Himself
  • Verses 6 to 19 – Jesus prays for his disciples with him
  • Verses 20 to 26 – Jesus prays for those who will one day believe

John 17:11 “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.”

 

JESUS PRAYED FOR US TO BE ONE WITH THE FATHER AND ONE WITH EACH OTHER

  1. Jesus prays for a united church

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

  • God wants a team looking to a coach – Devil wants individualism
  • God wants togetherness – Devil wants division
  • God wants love and grace – the devil wants criticism

1 Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

  • All of you agree
  • United in same mind and judgment

1 Corinthians 1:11-12 “My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

  • GOD PLACED THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD
  • THE DEVIL IS TRYING TO PUT THE WORLD IN THE CHURCH

Ephesians 3:10 “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms…”

 GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR THE CHURCH TO BE HIS HANDS, FEET AND MOUTH

John 17:20-23 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 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. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

  1. The world will know and believe in Jesus through our unity

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