My sermon notes for Sunday, April 29th as we continue our study through The Gospel of John. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net
John 14:1–14 –  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  And you know the way to where I am going.”  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”  Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.  Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (ESV)
John 14:1-14 – Believe in Me
Let not your hearts be troubled. BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME
- Jesus is about to leave them. “I am going away”
- These are words of reassurance.
- He is leaving, but He must.
- I must so that… you can live
These words should also bring us much encouragement.
- Encouragement for the NOW… but also for all ETERNITY.
- Jesus has not left us either. OUR HEARTS DO NOT NEED TO BE TROUBLED
The key is BELIEVING. That is, having FAITH. The key is placing our faith/trust in Jesus Christ.
The word means to admit something is true, then live your life based on the reality that is true… Believe = FAITH/TRUST.
- Who Jesus is.
- Where He came from.
- What He did.
- What it means me.
- In our mind, heart, and life.
Faith and trust… We know our destiny – vv. 2-6
- Going to the Father
- He alone has the right, privilege, and authority to do this.
- Does not take knowing all the detail (Jesus does not give them) all it takes is faith/trust
- The way, truth, life
- Way to God
- Truth of God
- Life of God
Faith and trust… We know we have a real relationship God – vv. 7-11
- Jesus is God incarnate
- Seen me… Seen the Father. KNOW, REAL RELATIONSHIPS
- His words, His power, His works
- Father, Son, and Spirit
Faith and trust – We know we have been equipped vv. 12-14
- The means for Christian living
- We have been given the Spirit
- John 7:39 – sending
- Acts 1:8 – empowering
- 8:9-11 – indwelling