The Great Prayer of Jesus

—Making Jesus’ passion what we are passionate about

  • Andrew Fountain – July 30, 2017

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  1. What Jesus is most passionate about
  2. The reason for this
  3. How we get there
  • Goal: To make Jesus’ passion what we are passionate about

John 17:18-26

Jesus’s desire

  • The whole world should see love
  • A love that can only be explained by the supernatural
  • Unity: “that they may become perfectly one”

Shame in Eden: Gen 3

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. —Gen 2:25

  1. Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.…
  2. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
  3. And Adam said, “…I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

Jesus is re-creating
a perfect humanity
with no shame

1 John 4:7-13

Hebrews 12

  1. looking to Jesus …who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
    despising the shame,
    and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

No shame now

  • 1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.
  • Rom 5:5 …and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.


  1. What Jesus is most passionate about: Our love and unity as a demonstration to the world
  2. The reason for this: To preach a new hope of a world where sin is no more
  3. How we get there: The Spirit
  • Goal: To make Jesus’ passion what we are passionate about

Ephesians 4

  1. -[gifts of the Spirit] …until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God — a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature.
  2. So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes.
  3. But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head.
  4. From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.

Galatians 4&5

1 John 3

  1. We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us;
    thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.