1. Looking at verses 3 and 24, how does Jesus define eternal life?
2. What are some of the popular images of eternal life that we find in our culture? How have some of these affected your own view of eternal life?
3. John gives us in three images Revelation 21-22, the city, the temple, and the garden, which all tell us something about eternal life. What desires do these images tap into for you?
4. The sermon describes these images as representing our desires for Joy, Relationship, and Beauty. Which of these desires is most fulfilled in your life right now? Which feels the least fulfilled?
5. How can knowing God, and Jesus whom he has sent, give us deeper and fuller experiences of joy, relationship, and beauty?
6. How can you take one step towards experiencing the joy, relationship, or beauty of eternal life this week?
John 17:1-5; 24-26
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.