In these passages Jesus prays for his disciples.Through Jesus’ preaching and teaching, the disciples had learned that God was someone they could trust, someone who would guard and keep them. So, He prays they be guarded by the truth and protected from the evil one.
The focus of this week’s discussion is the importance of knowing the bible is God’s word and true.
- What stood out to you from this weekend’s sermon?
- Much debate has taken place recently about “truth,” with a majority of cultural influences suggesting that “truth” is absolutely subjective. Read v. 17. Pilate famously asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38) According to this prayer, what is the answer? How do you define truth (Truth)?
- Is it important to the follower of Christ that the scriptures are the word of God and thus, true? Why or why not?
- Read vs 6. Do you think of yourself as a prized possession of God’s given by God to Jesus as es thinking of yourself as a gift from God to Jesus change your self-image?
- Read vv 12-15 How can we be “kept from the evil one” while still enduring the hostility of this world? Why wouldn’t Jesus ask that we be spared from such hostility?
- Read James 1:22. Is it enough to just “know the truth”.
- “We reap what we sow. God always forgives sin but doesn’t always interrupt the law of reaping and sowing” Do you agree with that statement? Why or why not? Why do some continue to disobey the word of God?