June 18, 2017 Happy Father's Day

The Son’s ministry for his Father’s glory

John 17:1-5
Rev. Edward Bland, Th.D., 06/18/17 (Father’s day)
Every father wants a son and every son needs a father
Fellowship is based on a decision to love one’s father and to honor him just because he is your father
How does a child honor their father? By doing what the father says
Obedience to our fathers brings glory to the Father
God the Father is the best Father we can focus on as we honor fathers
I.Fellowship with the Father equals access to the Father- vs.1
a.Prayer is direct access to God the Father
b.Jesus practices a habit of prayer
  1. Quiet time with the Father is an indicator of intimate fellowship
c.Prayer brings us into the very presence of God
d.Father Son relationship requires communication
II.A Father worth glorifying- vs. 1b
“Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee”
  1. Jesus honored His Father by addressing him as Father
  1. Abba Father indicates intimate fellowship
  2.  Jesus honored the Father by asking him to do something for him so he can do something for His Father
  3. Glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee
  4. Glorify is the Gr. word doxazo it mean to honor
  5. The Son honored the Father through obeying the Father
  1. Jesus is heading to Calvary to die for your sins and my sins and honors the Father at the same time
III.A ministry from the Father for the Father’s glory- vs.2-3
a.The Father gave the Son the authority for the ministry
  1. Power is exousia means authority
b.The ministry is saving souls for the Father
c.Ministry to enable believer to have fellowship with the Father and the Son
  1. Know is the verb ginosko to know experientially
IV.Ministry assignment completion aided by fellowship with the Father- vs.4
a.I have glorify thee on earth
b.I have finished the work
  1. Finished is teleioo means complete
  2. Work is ergon means spiritual work
c.The relationship with the Father makes the work enjoyable
  1. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before  him endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:2)
V.Intimate fellowship par excellent- vs.5
a.Loving relationship expressed with passion
b.Glorify thou me with thine own self
c.Eternal fellowship, you and me side by side
d.The relationship we had when there was no one but you and me
  1. Before we created the angelic being
  2. Before we created the heaven and the earth
  3. Before we created Adam and Eve
  4. Before we created anything in the earth
Father loving the Son and the Son loving the Father
The Father loving the Son just because He is the Son
The Son loving the Father just because He is the Father