Explore the Bible Lesson for December 15: Believe Exclusively
December 3 2013 by Sherra Still, writer, University Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte

Focal Passages: John 14:1-14, 27-29
 
If you live in Charlotte and you ask folks how to get to Myrtle Beach, S.C., you will get a variety of responses. Each person may tell you a back road that they prefer to take and offer choices about how to get there the “best” way. There might be a best way, but there is definitely not just one way.

It is a bit different when we are asked how to get to God. Jesus tells us in John 14:6 that there is one way, and only one way. 

When we choose to believe in Jesus, He then provides a way to be with God for eternity. Jesus promises the disciples in John 14:1-6 that He will go and prepare a place for them with the Father. He states that the only way to be with the Father is through Him.   

When we choose to believe in Jesus, He provides a way for us to know and to grow in the knowledge of God now (John 14:7).

As Jesus healed, He taught us that God is compassionate.

Because Jesus demonstrated His commitment to prayer, we understand that prayer is important to God. Jesus said, “The Father who lives in Me does His works” (John 14:10). As Jesus went about His ministry on earth, He revealed the Father to us. 

Jesus went on to assure the disciples that, even when He left the earth, communication with the Father would continue.

When we believe in Jesus, we learn to pray in the name of Jesus. Jesus said, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). 

In addition, when we believe in Jesus we are able to enjoy God’s peace. “I do not give as the world gives,” Jesus reminds us (John 14:27).

Peace is a supernatural gift from God that is very real. Don’t we want those we love to know true peace? There is only one way to know that peace, and it is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
12/3/2013 1:35:53 PM by Sherra Still, writer, University Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte | with 0 comments
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