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Our Journey Online - April 2, 2013

  • 2013 Apr 02
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Why John Wrote

30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;31but 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 20:30-31

I believe if you want to write a letter to somebody, you should be able to determine what the letter is about. If I want to preach a sermon, as long as it’s from God's Word, I should be able to decide what the sermon is about. And the recipients of the letter or audience of the sermon ought to know that purpose. I don’t want to go to a church where the preacher doesn’t even know what the sermon is about.

In John 20:30-31, John tells us what his book is about. You don’t have to wonder. In fact, John’s gospel is transparent from start to finish about Who and what the main subject is—Jesus Christ.

John writes in John 20:30, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples (And John was one of them. John saw what He did.),which are not written in this book.” In another place, John says, Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25). We won’t know everything Jesus did until we get to heaven.

But you might be wondering, Well, how did he choose what to include?

“But these are written(I chose my material) 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” (v.31). John uses believe ninety-seven times in his gospel. I always tell a new believer, “If you’re new in your faith, start reading the Gospel of John every day and underline the word believe.

What am I supposed believe?

John is saying, I wrote this stuff so you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Promised One, the Messiah. 

What will happen if I believe that?

“By believing, you may have life in His name.”Life is another common word in John’s gospel. About half of the references are to eternal life; half are to abundant life here and now. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).Jesus wants you to have the life you were created to experience—not just the promise of eternal life, but abundant, fulfilling life here and now. —James MacDonald

Journal

·         How would someone observing me closely see I’m living an abundant life in Christ?

·         What distorts and distracts from Christ’s presence in my life?

Prayer

Father in heaven, thank You for the gifts of eternal and abundant life! Help me to live out the reality of Your presence in me today, even as I enjoy the hope of a life beyond this one on a plane I can hardly imagine. Thank You for keeping me grounded in what You want me to be doing today even as I anticipate the arrival of Your Day! Guide me in pursuing every aspect of Your amazing gift of life as I go about my day today. In Jesus’ life-giving name, Amen. 

Always True&#58; 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.
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