John 17:15-18 (NLT) “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.”
John 17:20 (NLT) “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.”
Jesus did not ask God to take us out of the world, but to use us in the world.
How can we be the church?
1) Be hopeful not hopeless.
Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 10:38 (NLT) And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
2) Be selfless not selfish.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT) Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” ~ CS Lewis
Philippians 2:5 (NLT) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Three Attitudes Jesus had
Philippians 2:6-8 (NIV) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
1) An attitude of a servant.
2) An attitude of humility.
A humble person cannot be humiliated.
3) An attitude of obedience.