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The Man Upstairs

Apr 14, 2019 | Tom Mertz

Holy People | The Man Upstairs Part 7 | St. George

Scripture: John 17-18, 21-18:1


Question: Do you think God wants you to be HAPPY or HOLY?


John 17:13-18 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.


Observation: We all “set apart” our lives for something that we think will SATISFY us.


John 17:19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”


VERTICAL Holiness: to be set apart for GOD.


HORIZONTAL Holiness: to be set apart for OTHERS. (vv.15,18)


15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world…


18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.


John 17:20-23 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.


John 17:24-26 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”


QUESTION: Who stands to win from your SANCTIFICATION?


YOU DO: Holiness and happiness go together.


THEY DO: Hurting people need holy people.


BOTTOM LINE: Our JOY in Jesus, and what he did for us, is what attracts the world to Him.


Discussion Questions


1. When you used to think about what it meant to be holy, what came to your mind?


2. What would you say to someone who wanted to know if God’s priority for us was our happiness not our holiness?


3. Read the C.S. Lewis quote. What unexpected “improvements” has God made in your life since taking up residence in your heart?


Quote: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” - C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)


4. Read John 17:20-26. Explain what it means to be “set apart” (sanctified) for the world instead of from (as in out of) the world?


5. Who is benefitting because of your sanctification? Because you are part of a “holy” culture?

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