Sermon Series

As Jesus is praying the high Priestly prayer in John 17:11 he says this, “And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me that they may be one, even as we are one.” For me there is a critical statement in this text. “Keep them in your name, which you have given me that they may be one even as we are one.”

Here Christ lays out a theology of the Church that is important for us to see. Jesus Prays for God to keep His disciples and all those who will follow him. After that, he lays out the means by which they will be kept. John Calvin writes “This points out the way in which they shall be kept; for those whom the heavenly Father has decreed to keep he brings together in a holy unity of faith and of the Spirit.” In other words, the way that God has decreed that we as Christians will be held fast to the father is through the church. The core reason for this is that Christianity is a corporate Faith. The Bible speaks and teaches us that not only are we in this together but there is no vision of Christianity that is at its heart individualistic. So for the second half of 2017 we are going to walk through how the Bible says we need each other and what that means for how we view our faith in a series called, “Christianity as a Corporate Faith.”