7th Sunday of Easter, May 24, 2020
Lections: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68: 1 Peter 4: John 17:1-11
In the last chapter (17) of Jesus' Farewell Discourse, Jesus prays for his disciples (and for us). This part of the prayer can be divided into three sections: 1-5, 6-10, and 11.
What do you think is the meaning of the glory Jesus speaks about in verses 1-5?
What is Jesus saying about his disciples (the church) in verses 6-11?
What is Jesus’ hope for his disciples (the church) in verse 11?
What sort of kingdom do you think the disciples had in mind when they asked the question in verse 6?
What does Jesus' answer in verses 7-8 suggest? What missionary program is suggested by Jesus?
After Jesus' ascension, the disciples and believers gather together for prayer. Where and with whom do you gather for your own spiritual nourishment and encouragement?
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
Where is God amid today’s conflict, fear and terror that so many feel or experience, especially during this pandemic?
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
1 Peter holds up the virtue of suffering when one is not at fault. How would you identify that suffering? What suggests that this kind of suffering is to be expected? Why can it be a source of joy?
Look at 5:6-11. Describe what Christians must do to follow God and what God will do for believers?