“While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name, which You have given Me; and I guarded them, and not one of them perished except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled” (John 17:12).

During his earthly ministry, Jesus was able to keep his disciples on task and focused upon the purposes of God. His upper room prayer, for the protection and continuing guidance of every generation of disciples, is being answered by the ever-present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the inspired sacred text of scripture. The work of God’s word and the Holy Spirit is to keep the body of Christ focused upon its missional task of making disciples. Anything else is just busy “church” work, requiring neither the word nor the Spirit to see it accomplished.

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