Chapter 13: Faith in Jesus Christ

"Chapter 13: Faith in Jesus Christ," Part Five: The Gospel of Jesus Christ, ()


How can we believe in Jesus Christ even though we have not seen Him?

We Can Believe in Jesus Christ and Trust Him

To have faith means we believe in someone or something we do not see, and we act according to that belief. For example, a farmer has faith that plants will grow if he plants seeds and cares for them. So he plants the seeds and waters and cares for them. When he does this, the plants grow and give him food.

Having faith in Jesus means we believe He lives and we obey Him, even if we do not see Him. These are some of the things we believe about Jesus when we have faith in Him:

  1. 1.

    We believe that our Father in Heaven chose Jesus to help us to follow our Father in Heaven’s plan.

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    We believe that Jesus is our Savior.

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    We believe He was born in this world as the Son of our Father in Heaven.

  4. 4.

    We believe He came to earth to teach us how to return to our Father in Heaven.

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    We believe He loves us.

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    We believe He suffered for our sins so we can repent and not have to be punished for them.

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    We believe He died and was resurrected.

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    We believe that His teachings are true.

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    We believe that if we obey Jesus we can return to live with our Father in Heaven.

Having faith in Jesus Christ is essential to our returning to our Father in Heaven. When we have faith in Him, we trust Him and want to learn about Him. Jesus is the only one who can lead us back to our Father in Heaven. Only those who believe in Jesus and obey Him can return and live with our Father in Heaven.

Discussion

  • What is faith?

  • What is faith in Jesus?

  • What are some of the things we believe about Jesus?

  • Why do we need to have faith in Jesus Christ?

Jesus Gave Us a Way to Develop Faith in Him

Jesus has told us how we can learn about Him and have faith in Him. He has told us to read the scriptures and learn what the prophets have written about Him. He has asked us to listen to the prophet who lives today. When we do these things, we learn more about Jesus.

As we learn about Jesus, we should pray. We should ask our Father in Heaven to help us understand what we read and hear about Jesus. Our Father in Heaven will send the Holy Ghost to help us to understand the things we are learning. The Holy Ghost will tell us that Jesus is the Son of our Father in Heaven, that He is our Savior, and that His teachings are true.

A prophet named Alma said that if we want to know whether something is true, we should test it. He compared this to planting a seed. If we plant a good seed and take care of it, it will grow, and we will know it was a good seed. If the seed does not grow, we will know it was a bad seed. If we want to know whether the teachings of Jesus are true, we should study them and obey them.

Faith in Jesus means more than just saying that we believe in Him. It means trusting in Him so strongly that we want to obey Him, whatever He commands us to do. Only those who obey Jesus truly have faith in Him. And as we obey Him, our faith in Him becomes stronger. We learn that His teachings come from our Father in Heaven, and not from men.

If we do not obey Jesus, our faith becomes weaker. When we do the things He commands us to do, our faith grows stronger. Our faith can continue to become stronger until we have a sure knowledge that He lives, just as surely as if we could see Him.

Discussion

  • How can we have faith in Jesus even if we do not see Him?

  • Why do we have to obey Jesus in order to have faith in Him?

We Can Receive Great Knowledge and Power When We Have Faith in Jesus

The prophets we read about in the scriptures had strong faith in Jesus. This faith gave them power to help their people. Because they had faith in Jesus, they had power to do things they could not do by themselves.

Before Jesus was born on the earth, our Father in Heaven instructed Him to tell a prophet named Noah to build a ship because our Father in Heaven was going to send a great flood if the wicked people of Noah’s time did not repent. The people did not repent. Noah believed Jesus and built the ship. When the flood came, all the people who did not repent were killed; but Noah and his family were safe in the ship because they had believed Jesus and had done what He said.

Moses was a prophet who led his people out of slavery. Our Father in Heaven sent Jesus to help Moses because Moses believed in Jesus and did the things Jesus told him to do.

When Jesus lived on the earth, a woman had great faith in Him. She had been sick for a long time, and she believed that if she could only touch Jesus’ clothes, she would be healed. Jesus was walking in a crowd of people. She pushed through the crowd to Him and touched His clothes. She was healed immediately. Jesus told her that her faith had made her well.

The Prophet Joseph Smith had faith in Jesus Christ. He read in the Bible that our Father in Heaven will answer our prayers if we believe He will. Joseph prayed to our Father in Heaven. Our Father in Heaven and Jesus appeared to Joseph. Our Father in Heaven told Joseph to listen to Jesus and obey what Jesus told him. Joseph obeyed Jesus, and so he was able to receive the Book of Mormon and help restore the Church of Jesus Christ.

Jesus will also help us if we have faith in Him. He will help us with our problems. He will help us if we are discouraged. He will help us to overcome sin. We will be able to help our families and other people.

When we have faith in Jesus, we begin to follow our Father in Heaven’s plan. We start to live and do things that will lead us back to our Father in Heaven. If we continue, someday we will be able to live with Him forever.

Discussion

  • What kind of knowledge and power can we have when we have faith in Jesus?

References

We Can Believe in Jesus Christ and Trust Him

Jesus Gave Us a Way to Develop Faith in Him

  • John 5:39 (The scriptures testify of Jesus, so we must study them.)

  • John 7:16–17 (If we do the things Jesus has told us to do, we will know His teachings are true.)

  • 1 Corinthians 12:3 (The Holy Ghost helps us have faith in Jesus.)

  • James 2:17 (We show we believe in Jesus by doing the things He has told us to do.)

  • Alma 32:27–39 (If we try to obey Jesus, we will know His teachings are good.)

We Can Receive Great Knowledge and Power When We Have Faith in Jesus

  • Luke 8:43–48 (Jesus healed a woman because of her faith in Him.)

  • Hebrews 11 (Jesus has helped many people because of their faith.)