"Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth."
John 17:17 ESV

Sanctify is in the process of birthing. Listening together to the voice of God in John 17 is a major part of this process. As teacher, I have asked the leaders to read the entire gospel of John and then write one concise sentence that captures the meaning and significance of this gospel. In addition, they are to do the same with John 13-17.

For the Sanctify leaders: post your two sentences in the comments. I will post mine Saturday night.

For others: if you would like to add your two cents, please do so. We yearn to hear what God is saying to you through this gospel, section, and chapter.

My Concise Statements
John: The sign-selective testimony concerning Jesus Messiah, Son of God in flesh confirms believers in their life-giving belief.

John 13-17: The call and prayer for disciples to believe, to know, to love, and to do Jesus' works summarizes Jesus' time with them and prepares them for their continuing mission.

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  1. Concise sentence for John:

    Jesus, the Messiah and the very image of God his father, came to earth to teach the lost about himself and his father, to heal the spiritually and physically ill, to guide his disciples in being Christ-like, to stand firm against the Pharisees' constant accusations and heckling, and to lay down his life to pay for the sins of the world.

  2. Concise Sentence for John:

    The purpose of the book of John is showing love to Jesus' lambs/sheep through three things: feed his lambs, tend his sheep, and feed his sheep.

  3. Concise sentence for John 13-17:

    The soon-to-be betrayed and crucified Christ encourages his eleven remaining desciples through the explanation of the Father-Son-Holy Spirit relationship, the commandment to love one another, and a prayer of safekeeping to his Holy Father.