The interplay between Christ's initial trial and Peter's denial draws out two competing differences between Christ's sacrificial love and Peter's self-preserving lies.
1. Faithfulness vs. Faithlessness (vv. 12-18)
2. Courage vs. Cowardice (vv. 19-27)
Four ways in which Christ demonstrated His sovereign control over His own betrayal and arrest:
1. Christ's Sovereign Predetermination (vv. 1–3)
2. Christ's Sovereign Power (vv. 4–6)
3. Christ's Sovereign Protection (vv. 7–9)
4. Christ's Sovereign Providence (vv. 10–11)
As Jesus closes His High Priestly Prayer, He makes two final requests on behalf of all future believers.
1. That They Will Be Perfected in Unity (vv. 20-23)
2. That They Will Be Reunited with Him in Glory (vv. 24-26)
Where does our courage to speak the Word of God come from?
1. From Knowing God's Purpose to Transform Us
2. From Loving God's Truth in the Inner Man
3. From Abiding in Christ and Relying upon Him
4. From Our Ambition to Please Christ First
5. From Our Initial Steps of Obedience
1. Know the Value of Using a Christian Worldview in Evangelism
2. Develop a Worldview Mindset for more Effective Evangelism
3. Use Worldview Questions to Form a Starting Point for Dialogue and a Diagnostic for Erroneous Worldviews
Jesus expresses His unique relationship to the Father as He intercedes for His disciples.
1. The Recipients of Christ's Intercessory Prayer (vv. 6-8)
2. The Reason for Christ's Intercessory Prayer (vv. 9-10)
The first focus of this prayer is on the cross of Jesus Christ. It begins by revealing four aspects of Christ's glorification through the cross.
1. The Purpose of Christ's Glory: Sacrifice (v. 1)
2. The Provision of Christ's Glory: Salvation (vv. 2-3)
3. The Picture of Christ's Glory: Substitution (v. 4)
4. The Pinnacle of Christ's Glory: Supreme Exaltation (v. 5)
Paul's prayer for the believer is focused on developing a mature love in order to strengthen their ability to make wise decisions that would benefit their spiritual growth and therefore honor God.
1. Love — that is abundant and yet discerning (v. 9)
2. Choices — that are superior and pleasing to God (v. 10)
3. Righteousness — that is from God (v. 11)
The unfolding drama of Christ's death, resurrection, and promise of the coming Holy Spirit guarantees our eternal joy.
1. The Assurance (v. 16)
2. The Anxiety (vv. 17-19)
3. The Analogy (vv. 20-21)
4. The Answer (vv. 22-24)
Three reasons why the Holy Spirit is indispensable to Christ's disciples:
1. The Spirit Gives Understanding of the Truth (v. 12).
2. The Spirit Guides Believers into the Truth (v. 13).
3. The Spirit Glorifies Christ through the Truth (vv. 14-15).
Three features concerning Christ's commentary on the coming of the Holy Spirit:
1. The Assurance of Christ's Words (vv. 1-4)
2. The Advantage of Christ's Departure (vv. 5-7)
3. The Accusation of Christ's Helper (vv. 8-11)
Jesus highlights four aspects of the disciples' witness:
1. It's from God the Father (v. 26a).
2. It's by God the Holy Spirit (v. 26b).
3. It's about the God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (v. 26c).
4. It's through the Disciple (v. 27).
Jesus gives us five reasons why the world hates those who belong to Him.
1. Because Believers Are Not Part of This World (vv. 18-19)
2. Because the World Does Not Know God (vv. 20-21)
3. Because the World Has No Excuse for Its Sin (v. 22)
4. Because the World Rejects Christ's Miracles (vv. 23-24)
5. Because the World Fulfills God's Sovereign Plan (v. 25)
Jesus continues to promise His disciples significant blessings for their troubled and fearful hearts.
1. Personal Application of the Love of the Father (and the Son) (vv. 21-24)
2. Personal Application of the Truth of Jesus Christ (vv. 25-26)
Jesus comforts His disciples with three great truths concerning His deity.
1. Jesus Is God because of His Person (vv. 8-10).
2. Jesus Is God because of His Power (v. 11).
3. Jesus Is God because of His Promise (vv. 12-14).
The Christian life is not a sprint but a marathon. Run with endurance, remove every hindrance, and keep your focus on Jesus, your glorious Savior.
1. Put an End to the Distractions that Stifle Your Faithfulness (vv. 1-2)
2. Ponder Christ's Afflictions that Secured Your Salvation (v. 3)
Paul reflects on his life from three distinct vantage points—these perspectives can instruct and motivate us towards more faithful service to Christ in our own life.
1. Looking Downward to the Grave (v. 6)
2. Looking Backward at Life (v. 7)
3. Looking Forward to the Reward (v. 8)
As believers, our mandate is to maintain Christian unity in Christlike love. Paul gives us three affects that the love of Christ has on us as His Church.
1. The Love of Christ Awakens Our Ambitions (v. 1)
2. The Love of Christ Alters Our Actions (v. 2)
3. The Love of Christ Adjusts Our Attitudes (vv. 3-4)