2 What do we mean when we say that we believe in God the Father?
3 When we believe (or have faith) in God, it means that three things are true of us. What are they? John 17:1-3After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”Believe meansIknowthe trueGodIonly theBible asIthatare all true
4 When we believe (or have faith) in God, it means that three things are true of us. What are they? 1 Thessalonians 2:13And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.Believe meansIknowthe trueGodIacceptonly theBible asGod’s WordIthatare all true
5 When we believe (or have faith) in God, it means that three things are true of us. What are they? Matthew 8:5-13Believe meansIknowthe trueGodIacceptonly theBible asGod’s WordIthatare all true
6 Matthew 8:5-13When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.
7 When we believe (or have faith) in God, it means that three things are true of us. What are they? Matthew 8:5-13Believe meansIknowthe trueGodIacceptonly theBible asGod’s WordItrustthatGod’spromisesare all true
8 Key Point #1The three things that are true of us if we believe (have faith in God) are that we know God, accept the Bible, and trust all his promises.
9 Evaluate…When asked whether they believe in God, many people are quite willing to say, “Well, I know there is a God.”
10 Agree or Disagree?Because faith means accepting the Bible as God’s Word, God wants us to work hard to convince people that this is true.
11 An older friend of yours is running out of money to support his family; a younger friend of yours is losing her health to sickness. What promises of God can you give to these friends of yours for them to trust?
12 What do we mean when we confess that we believe in God “the Father”? Believe meansMalachi 2:10Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another?hecreatedushe made us hishe is the Father of
13 What do we mean when we confess that we believe in God “the Father”? Believe meansGalatians 3:26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…hecreatedushe made us hissons and daughtersfaithhe is the Father of
14 What do we mean when we confess that we believe in God “the Father”? Believe meansJohn 20:17Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”hecreatedushe made us hissons and daughtersfaithhe is the Father ofJesus
15 Key Point #2We call God the Father because he created us and because he is our Father through faith in Jesus
16 Evaluate…Because the true God created us all, every person is my brother or sister – whether Mormon or Muslim, whether heathen or Christian.
17 Suppose that ten years from now you are married but have no children Suppose that ten years from now you are married but have no children. So you and your spouse are considering adoption. What advantages would this have for you? For the child?
18 Lesson 24When I say that I believe in God the Father, I am saying that I know the true God as my Father whose promises I can trust.
19 knowledge, acceptance and trust Vocabulary…“faith”knowledge, acceptance and trust