Introduction: Do you seek glory? Are you what they call a “glory
hound?” When you watch a sports team, and one player seeks all of the
glory, do you think the team is unified? The way of the world is to
seek personal glory. But, you may be surprised to learn that being a
true Christian also brings you glory. Let’s dive into our study of
the Bible to learn more!

  1. Jesus’ Prayer for Himself

    1. Read John 17:1-2 and Matthew 6:5. Have you ever worried
      that you might be doing good work mostly for your own
      glory? For example, if you teach a Bible class, are you
      teaching because you like to be up front, or because you
      want others to know God better? Or, is it a mix of the

      1. Whose glory does Jesus first mention? (His own.)

        1. What is the context for this? (When Jesus says
          “the time has come” He means the time for His
          crucifixion. Thus, glory for Him means
          salvation for all of us.)

    2. Read John 17:3. How is knowledge of God related to eternal
      life? (Eternal life is knowing God.)

      1. What does this have to do with Jesus’ prayer about
        glory and eternal life? (Jesus is about to give all
        of us the opportunity for eternal life. This act of
        giving up His life for us tells us volumes about God
        – it gives us knowledge of the love of God.)

    3. Read John 17:4-5. Notice that Jesus’ prayer starts out
      with a discussion of His needs. Is that a pattern for us?
      (It is more accurate to say that Jesus’ prayer starts out
      with a discussion about glory, for the Son and the Father.
      Jesus’ model prayer ( Matthew 6:9-13) also starts out with
      giving glory to God.)

  2. Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples

    1. Read John 17:6-7. Who is the subject of this part of
      Jesus’ prayer? (His disciples.)

      1. What is Jesus’ goal in His dealings with the
        disciples? (To reveal God to them.)

      2. Is this also our goal in life? (Yes! How many people
        reject a God that they do not know? They have a
        terrible picture of God, and then reject this false

    2. Read John 17:8-9. Why does Jesus not pray for the world?
      (We will discuss this later.)

    3. Read John 17:10. Have you sung the song “All to Jesus I
      Surrender?” Did you really mean it?

      1. Look closely at what Jesus says. What did
        surrendering all bring Jesus? (All that belongs to
        God the Father.)

      2. Consider this offer: you give up everything you own
        to Bill Gates, and he gives to you everything he
        owns. Is that a deal you would accept?

    4. Read John 17:11. This “power of your name” is an odd
      phrase outside of Christianity, and I have trouble
      understanding it. When Jesus says, “protect them by the
      power of your name – the name you gave me” what does He

      1. Let’s work this out. When you hear a person’s name,
        what comes to mind? (What they look like. How they
        act. Whether you like them. Essentially, when we hear
        a name we think about the nature of that person.)

        1. When Jesus calls for protection through the
          power of God’s name, and He says that He has
          that same name, how does that relate to our
          idea that a name reflects a person’s nature?
          (God’s nature is His love and power. Jesus
          showed us God’s love through His sacrifice, and
          He showed us God’s power by His resurrection.)

          1. How will this name protect the disciples?

    5. Look again at John 17:11, and focus on the last part. How
      does the power of Jesus’ name push the disciples towards
      unity? (Love is the ultimate unifying power. Since Jesus
      is praying about protection from the world, coming within
      the zone of protection, the zone of love, is unifying.)

    6. Read John 17:12. How did Jesus keep the disciples “safe by
      that name you [God] gave me [Jesus]?” (Recall that Jesus
      originally said in His prayer that He had revealed God to
      His disciples? Revealing God’s love, showing God’s love,
      and showing the power of God (for example, through
      miracles) kept the disciples safe. It would also be their
      roadmap for the future.)

    7. Read John 17:13. What does a full knowledge of the nature
      of God give us? (Joy!)

    8. Read John 17:14-15. We have discussed that Jesus gave His
      disciples the “words” that revealed the love and power of
      God. Why would the world hate them for having that
      message? (We find a reference to “the evil one.” This is
      the source of the hate for something that is wonderful.)

    9. Read John 17:16-19. What separates us from the world? When
      I was young, I could often spot members of my church by
      the way they dressed – they looked plain, not fancy. Some
      members of my family were officers in the Salvation Army.
      They always drove plain cars, never fancy. Is that what
      God has in mind? (Verse 17 tells us that we are sanctified
      by the truth of God’s word. I think this refers more to
      something that happens inside than happens outside. Of
      course, what happens inside should affect the outside.)

      1. Verse 18 tells us that the disciples were sent into
        the world. Why, the world hates them? (The goal is to
        convert the world, to save those in the world from
        the influence of the evil one.)

  3. Jesus’ Prayer for the World

    1. Read John 17:20. Is Jesus praying for the world here? (I
      noted that we would later discuss Jesus’ prayer for the
      world. His prayer is for those who come out of the world
      by believing God’s message.)

    2. Read John 17:21-23. What is the purpose of this unity?
      (That the world will believe in Jesus.)

      1. A couple of weeks ago we discussed God’s attack on
        the unity of humans at the Tower of Babel. What is
        the basis for Christian unity? (The glory of God and
        love. Notice that Jesus started out praying about
        glory. Verse 22 speaks about our glory. We all have

      2. What is this glory? Is it fancy or plain?

      3. What does it mean to give God glory? (It means to
        make Him desirable. Your life should reflect
        positively on your God. People should want to know
        your God because your life shows the benefit of a
        relationship with God.)

        1. What does it mean for us to have glory? (If
          someone wants to be you, or like you, they are
          giving you glory. Do you see how this works?
          God’s word, His truth, His love, will improve
          your attitude and your life. People will want
          that. When they realize that your glory comes
          from a relationship with God, then you are
          giving glory to God.)

        2. How is unity part of this glory? (Normal people
          do not admire quarreling. Division tends to
          disprove a common truth and love.)

    3. Read John 17:24-26. What is the goal of our life? (To make
      God known to others.)

      1. What is the ultimate way to know God? (Jesus prays
        that we will be “where I am.” We see Jesus’ ultimate
        glory in heaven!)

  4. Unity Beyond Denominational Lines

    1. Read Mark 9:38-40. What does Jesus say about interfering
      with the work of other “groups” who promote Jesus? (He
      says “Don’t.”)

      1. What standard does Jesus apply? (“Whoever is not
        against us is for us.”)

      2. What lesson do you draw from this when it comes to
        working with other churches or other denominations?

    2. Look again at Mark 9:39. What does miracle working mean?
      (You will not immediately say something bad about Jesus.)

      1. Read Matthew 7:22-23. How can these miracle workers
        be lost? (God uses all types to advance His Kingdom.
        But, the miracle by itself does not show the person
        knows God.)

    3. Friend, recall that when we began this study Jesus
      reported that He made God known to His disciples. That is
      our mission – knowing God and teaching others to know His
      love. That brings glory to God and to us. That brings
      unity among the believers.

  5. Next week: The Key to Unity.