The Inside Column 3/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 04, 2016 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

In the passage we looked at last week John 20: 30-31 we read about the Purpose of John’s Gospel:

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

“…That we might believe Jesus is the Messiah and that by believing we may have life”. What is this life John speaks about, this life in his name? The first part is belief in his name, that we believe the promises of God about salvation, like what we say in the creed every week in the 8.30am service.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic and apostolic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The truth of what Jesus has done for us, this is what we believe. But this is only half of it, this is what we believe and this leads us to Life, the doing, the acting, the living out of what we believe.
This question of life in his name, is one that is always before us, always challenging us, always calling us. How do we live this life?

Today we start a new series out of the Book of Acts, or the Acts of the Holy Spirit, or how the first disciples of Jesus live out what they believed about the risen Jesus. As we look into how the first disciples worked out there beliefs, in their world, we pray that we as the body of Christ will be challenged and changed as we to learn how we, in our day live out this life in his name.

“…That we might believe Jesus is the Messiah and that by believing we may have life”

 

Yours in Christ

 

Philip

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