Thursday, January 9, 2014

LifeWay: Explore the Bible Teaching Helps - Honor Jesus, John 17

What are some specific ways we can honor Jesus? Knowing what we know about Jesus, why would we not want to honor Him in all that we do? These are just a few of the questions LifeWay: Explore the Bible Teaching Helps focuses upon as we study about honoring Jesus.

I have tweaked the headings to better reflect the TARGETTo help adults commit to honor Jesus throughout their lives.

The outline follows this progression:
  • Jesus is Honored because of who He is and what He did (John 17:1-5)
  • We Honor Jesus through Obedience (John 17:6-8)
  • We Honor Jesus through Unity (John 17:20-23)
  • Jesus Honors You (John 17:24-26)
I have provided a couple of visuals you can choose to use for the LOOK UP portion of the study. Click to Download.
Here are some key thoughts that need to be pointed out as you teach:
  • RECEIVED – Means “to make one’s own” or “to comprehend mentally or spiritually.” The disciples had accepted both Jesus and His words. They had come to know for certain that he was from God. They had believed God sent Him on His redemptive mission.
  • BELIEVED – Carries the sense of commitment and obedience.
  • UNITY: We live in an unprecedented age of diversity within the church, involving styles of worship, music, dress, architecture, and many other preferential styles. Jesus was not calling on believers to adopt “cookie-cutter” preferences to the exclusion of others. The church has demonstrated many different styles throughout church history and within different cultures. (ETB Leader Guide)
Jesus stated in John 17:4 (this week's memory verse), I have glorified you on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to doI pray this study will lead your group to glorify the Son as He glorified the Father and that they will seek to honor Him by completing the work He has given each of them to do!

You may choose either a Word file or a PDF file to download:
Download Directions: Click the above link. When the file opens, choose "Download" located in the upper right corner of the window. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to copy, paste, delete, or edit any of the content.

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