Summary: Part 1 of a several week study of John. Our Sunday Morning Bible studies will fill in the gaps.
John- Believe in Jesus and live!!!
Have you ever watched someone who is really good at trading horses?
They look at every animal with a very skeptical eye.
Picking up feet
Mashing on their back
Poking and prodding
Looking in the mouth
Watching the seller ride them
Looking at them from
Trying to see through the spit and polish
And find fault with the prospective purchase
We live in a skeptical society
We are taught from a very early age that if something looks too good to be true it is
We get slammed with messages via technology daily if not hourly
Through these messages someone is always trying to influence our decisions
Turn on the news and watch as the politicians or those seeking political office
Lie and manipulate the truth in an effort to get your vote
Entertainers use smoke and mirrors and hype
Trying to sway your opinion in hopes that you will spend your hard earned dollars on their songs and movies and such
It seems that even some unscrupulous religious figures are trying to separate you from your money
Or worse separate you from the bible- the true word of God
In order to sell their views or agenda
Think about it
In this world where we are taught to use a discerning eye
Taught to be skeptical
We can be convinced
We have the ability to dig fact out of the fluff
Otherwise we would never buy anything
Vote for anyone
What exactly does it take to convince you that a message is true?
That something is the real deal?
One of Jesus; apostles wrote his gospel to convince people
Jews and Gentiles alike
Throughout the ages to believe in Jesus and live!
30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe[a] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
That we may believe and live!!!!
That is John’s whole purpose for writing
In fact in the original languages the Greek word translated “BELIEVE” is used 98 times in John’s gospel
John writes so that we may have life by the power of the name of Jesus
This type of belief
The type that produces life
Is far beyond getting convinced that a horse is sound
It is far beyond accepting the word of a presidential candidate
Accepting truth for truth
In the person who make up those truths
To be all in
If you want to think of it that way
To believe in Jesus
Is to accept his words as truth
It is to place our total dependence on him
Here and now in this life
And in eternity
Trust in Jesus for LIFE
Trust in him and LIVE
What kind of life does John write about in his gospel?
John records Jesus’ words in John 10:10
“My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
A rich and satisfying life
Life to the full
The word life in this verse refers to life in the spirit and soul