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Bible Story Reference: – John 17:20-26
John 17:21 (NIV)
“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.”
Authentic means genuine and is synonymous with the words real and original
Relationships mean the way two or more people are connected it is synonymous with link and association.
Jesus prays that we will have authentic relationships. The key areas He prays about are:
• To be one just like Jesus and God are one
• That believers will be in Jesus
• That as believers live together in love and unity others will come to believe in Jesus
Jesus affirms that when we love each other we are being true disciples and that is what having authentic relationships is about. It is about us loving God and loving each other as examples to the world that Jesus loves all people.
Jesus prays confirming that He has given us His glory, whatever Jesus was able to do, we are also able to do. He had an authentic (genuine) relationship with God, we also can have such a relationship.
When we believe in Jesus we all become connected. Ours is to make authentic relationships with other believers in our communities by living in love and unity.
What does authentic mean? Genuine, real
What does a relationship mean? Connection, link
Who are the people that Jesus prayed for in John 17? Himself, the Disciples and all Believers
How do we have authentic relationships? Living like Jesus in love and unity
Lord Jesus thank you for giving us the best example of how we should live with each other. Help me today to live in love and unity.
Authentic relationships begin with children connecting with each other and getting to know each other. In Class give children the opportunity to connect with each other. Find out other children’s names, the school they attend, the class they are in and their favourite colour, food, football team.