INTRODUCTION:       Since 1996, I have had an Internet web site titled Bible Truth. It receives each month over 70,000 visits by people (December 2010). The site has six hundred plus articles mostly which I have written addressing everything from Salvation to articles on tongues, the polity of a local church, deacons, and several commentaries on Books of the Bible, Baptist history. On feature is that I offer a Bible questions and answer service in which people send me their questions. I recently corresponded for a time with a man who claimed to be an atheist. How do you witness to a person who does not believe there is a God let alone that the Bible is God's word. Others will say they believe there is a God, but He is some distance force or being they cannot relate too. Some believe there is a God, but deny that the Bible is His inerrant infallible word and refuse to accept what it says.

Without question it is a tragic thing to be God's creation and not know Him and be separated from His love and grace. Further, how pitiful to live one's life and have no purpose to life, but to live until we die and no matter how successful or how much a failure....to end the same way.....to die and leave it all. That is the life lived by those that have not believed, repented of their sins and received Jesus Christ as their savior. One could have an empire greater than Bill Gates of Microsoft....devote one's life to making money and producing products....but in reality...there is no real lasting purpose to a life lived that way. The derelict sleeping in the street in a card board box or the billionaire who are lost are thus separated God have no purpose for their lives.

God did not create us in vain. He has a purpose for each one here in this room....and it is an eternal purpose on which death has no effect. Death for the Christian is only a door that begins eternally.

Many people today, deep down inside, who do not live their lives for the Lord, and know that their lives have no purpose....

In John 17, which is the Lord's prayer we see many incites into God's mind about His plan for us. It has a message for the lost as well as for those who are saved.

THE LORD'S PRAYER SHOWS US "WHAT" THE BELIEVER MEANS TO THE SAVIOR!

I. FIRST: THE BELIEVER IS GIVEN TO CHRIST OUT OF THE WORLD. JOHN 17:6

II. HOW COULD THE BELIEVER BE SO VALUABLE TO THE LORD?