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WebClass Bible Study Resources for May 8, 2016

The teacher for this session is Kathy Thompson.

Last Sunday was a good lesson; I really appreciate all of the participation.
We are still in the book of John and we will stay there for a few weeks. Let's get started.

  • When you pray, how do you address God?
  • Who first told you about Jesus?

View Coach Carter video clip I'll Do Push-ups.

  • What did the event likely mean for this team?
  • In what ways have you felt like you were really part of a team?
  • Have you ever been part of a team that didn’t really act like a team?
  • How were your results affected by the way your team treated each other?

View Safest Hands clip from Captain America: Civil War.

  • Have you ever felt like Falcon and just wanted to know what the fight was about before you got shot at?
  • Have you ever felt like you have been on the wrong side of a battle based on choices you have made?
  • How can we work together with people who see things differently than us?

View We'll Beat it Together clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In this scene, Ironman (Robert Downey Jr) is trying to explain that his mistake is due to wanting to protect humanity’s freedom…

  • Why do we disagree even among Christians on how people should be free?
  • How do we decide who should be free?
  • How do we decide how freedom is defined and protected?
  • Is it possible to have the best intentions to protect freedom, but also disagree completely?
  • How can we do what Captain America (Chris Evans) said and defeat the enemies of freedom “together” when we disagree among ourselves?

Read John 17:1-3.

"Glory" is a key word in John's gospel. Most often, it is used to point to the cross of Christ. The glory of God is demonstrated in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. What we see in Jesus is not a god who is obsessed with self-serving power, but God who is the embodiment of self-sacrificing love — this is a vulnerable type of love. This vulnerability is part of the glory of God.

  • What do you think?

Jesus' prayer in John 17 has 3 parts:

verses 1-6, Jesus prays for himself.
verses 7-19, Jesus prays for his disciples
verses 20-26, Jesus prays for future believers.

Read John 17:20-26.

  • Let's remember, who is Jesus praying for?
  • Why is it important that he prays for the people who hear the Gospel later to be unified?
  • Who receives God’s glory based on this prayer?
  • How can we disagree so much, but yet still become perfected in unity in God?
  • What would that look like?
  • Have you experienced that?
  • How does Christian unity in the midst of chaos show divine love?

Think again about the person who first told you about Jesus.Think about that heritage. It has been said that Christianity is one generation away from extinction.

  • What do you think about that statement?

Jesus' prayer is that his followers, present and future, will be one. We are to be united.

  • Are we also to be uniform? 
  • Why or why not? 
  • What is the difference?

Jesus prays that his followers will be one as Jesus and the Father are one. We touched on this last week that there is a theological term for the unity of the Trinity. It is called perichoresis pronounced (per-e-kor-e-sis). It refers to the mutual interdependence of the persons of the Trinity.

LeRon Shults says, "The point of the doctrine of perichoresis is that in the Trinity, personhood and relationship to others are not separated as they are in us. The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit retain genuine separable identities while at the same time they are so related to one another that one can't be known without the other." (quoted by Scot McKnight, A Community Called Atonement, Nashville: Abingdon, 2007, p. 16.)

Jesus prayed that you and I and all Christians from the time we begin our journey be accepted into this perichoresis. "As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us."

  • What does this mean?
  • How do you explain the trinity?
  • How have you seen church members from different denominations work together?
  • How is evangelism affected by a Church that is divided?

View Leap of Faith from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

  • What kind of belief did Indiana Jones need?
  • What would have happened if his belief was not followed up with actions?
  • Which do you think is more important, belief or works? 
  • Why?
  • How can we put our belief into place?

    Facilitator

     
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    A native of Virginia, Kathy Thompson is the daughter of a Baptist minister. She also married a Baptist minister! She and her husband, Robert, live in Ashland, Virginia where he recently retired as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ashland, where they served for 20 years. Kathy was active in the music department at First Baptist and taught Sunday School for many years. She is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and teaches music at Liberty Christian School. She and Robert are the parents of two sons: Matthew and his wife Jennifer, and Christopher and grandparents to Peyton Elizabeth. They also have a precious dog named Eli.

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