This I know. What are some of the most fundamental and foundational beliefs we must wrap our heads, hearts and hands around? For our own sake and for the sake of others. Knowing that a fulfilling life that will last for an eternity is at stake… what must we know. I’m sure you’ll want to add to this list, but please, do not subtract. I’m sure you’ll find holes, but please don’t miss out on the whole picture. This I know… Jesus matters. He matters to every person… if they know of him or not; he matters. So, please – accept God’s gift to you this Christmas season; His Son.
Following are the summary statements from the sermon series we just concluded on this topic; “This I Know…” You can go back and listen to these sermons online by visiting our church web site, www.cherokeefcc.com, click on “sermons” under the “more” drop down menu tab.
John 4 – Jesus has an encounter with a Samaritan woman while sitting at a well. Every follower of Jesus needs to clearly understand that non-believers and the disconnected are looking for an authentic Christian, not rehearsed, surface level, churchy faith. Secondly, every believer must be ready to tell others the story of how Jesus changed their life. And non-believers need to know and experience the real person of Jesus because He is the way the truth and the life … they’ll do this when we are authentic, prepared and use every opportunity for others to hear God’s Word so that faith may develop.
Acts 16 – Through Paul, Silas, a Jailer and his family we see something every believer needs to know; we will endure hardship – just like the rest of the world – but, the difference will be seen in HOW we respond. We must use the Word of God to give testimony of Jesus. There can be value in hardship and we must be rooted in scripture and prayer so that moments of tension can yield a Godly result.
1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 - Every believer and nonbeliever alike, must know and live out this truth; A balanced life that is connected to God’s Will can only be accomplished through the conduit of Thanksgiving
Luke 5:17-26 - Through the healing of a paralyzed man Jesus teaches us that Faith requires an investment. Paying a price today not only gains a future benefit, it also has a direct impact today.
3 lessons — First, we can never know the timing of Jesus. We must be ready to invest into lives today. This is seen in the devotion of the paralyzed man’s four friends who carried him and did everything possible to place their friend in the presence of Jesus. Second, our own faith matters to other people and Jesus. And third, a changed life is always proof of Jesus’ work in us.
John 14:6; 18:37; 20:24-29; 1 Cor. 15:3-5 - Our response to the person of Jesus will make an eternal difference. The man, Jesus of Nazareth. Son of God. Son of Mary and Joseph. Fully God, fully man. This is what we must know about Jesus. First, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Secondly, Jesus is the King. Third, Jesus is Eternal. He is raised from the dead, he is alive – in bodily form. And finally, He is our message.
From 1 Corinthians 15 we learn; Most importantly and according to (or fulfillment of) scripture;
1. Jesus died for our sins
2. He was buried
3. He was raised on the third day
4. He appeared to Peter, Paul, James, the Twelve, and more than 500 at one time
5. And His Grace changed me.
This is what the Twelve preached. This is what Paul preached. This is what you believe.