This year’s theme is “BELIEVE.” We understand that about 50% of our current attenders are unbelievers. We have seen God draw them in, and this year we are going to take a good, hard look at Jesus, studying the gospel of John. We believe that God wants these students to make a decision for Him. We believe that God wants to use our students to reach more students. We believe that Jesus is Lord and that if we surrender this year to Him, He will do mighty things. So, as we study this book, we believe that we not only will see decisions for Christ this year, but we will also see our current believers grow deeper as we call for them to believe that God wants to use them; that He is waiting for them to take a step of faith in how they are serving Him.
“Believe” is an interesting theme because it can be applied to anything. Believe in your ability to take a test, we believe in teams, we believe that hard work will pay off. But do we believe that God is in control? Do we believe that He is who the Bible says He is? If we really believe these things, how do we justify the way we are living? John states the purpose of His writing.
John 20:30-31 – “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
John’s core concern is that His readers understand that Jesus is the Christ, that He is the Son of God. He is the one who was spoken of throughout the Old Testament. The one that was regularly promised to the people of Israel, knowing He would come through the line of David. Even Solomon couldn’t help himself. At the dedication of the temple in 1 Kings 8:27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!” Solomon understood that even this grand temple, which was created for the presence of the Lord’s Spirit to dwell, could not contain God. It was large, beautiful, and built with extreme attention to detail. Yet, it was not sufficient. Solomon looks at the world around him and asks the question, “How will it be…. How can it be that God will dwell on the earth?” God is too big, too grand, and too much to be contained here.
So we come back to an important question. Do you believe? Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? The one who was promised for 4,000 years. Do you believe that God sent His one and only Son? Do you believe He lived a perfect life? Do you believe His holiness knows no bounds? Do you believe He died on the cross for you and for me? Do you believe that He is worthy of all that we have and all that we are simply for who He is? Do you believe that God has called each and every person to Himself, that He desires for no one to be lost but for all to come to Him? Do you believe that He desires for us to seek to know Him more personally and more deeply each day? Do you believe that God has given each of us a holy mission in reaching those who don’t know Him with the good news?
John’s purpose in writing this book is fulfilled on each page, in each chapter, and in each verse. He helps us to see that it doesn’t matter who we are, what we have done, that God is enough. If we believe, if we seek forgiveness, and trust Him as we move forward, we will have the opportunity to enter into the joy of our master; Jesus the Christ, the Son of God.
Take the next few minutes to simply pray.
- If you are a believer, someone who has surrendered their life and put their faith and trust in God; pray that God would take you deeper. Pray that in this coming year, you would learn more about Him than ever before. Pray that He would give you opportunity to influence people for His kingdom and that He would be known and seen by all as “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty!”
- If you are not a believer, someone who has not decided to put their faith and trust in God. Take time to pray and ask God to reveal Himself. Ask God to help you see Him and know Him. Ask Him what would it mean for you, to be in a relationship with Him.