1st – it’s necessary to define your faith in the person Jesus!
I believe Jesus is the Son of God, born of Mary (a virgin). I believe Jesus worked as a carpenter for trade. I believe Jesus was killed out of fear. I believe God raised Jesus 3 days after he died on his cross. I believe, ultimately, Jesus is the power of God that brings salvation to all that believe.
Now, if you’re listening to this podcast you already have a peaked interest in Bible stuff. So, I thinks is necessary to emphasis that my belief in Jesus or faith in Jesus comes exclusively from the Bible. I have never needed external history findings to validate whether or not I believe Jesus existed. Honesty, I feel like history lessons are a means to make you call into question your faith, and try to validate it in some way. Whereas, the basis of faith should need no alternate/outside persuasion.
2nd – it’s necessary to try to understand what/how can Jesus influence you today?
Our base knowledge of Jesus comes from Mathew to the first couple chapters of Acts. Jesus was a man, experienced things similar to what we face today.
Make sure you realize the times are different, but human instincts, desires and temptations are not. Story/Suggestion/Sanctuary of Jesus
Adulterer to be stoned. John 8:7ish
Heals a leper, but takes no credit Matt 8:3-4
Preacher/Teacher Matt 5-7
Physician Matt 8:16-17
Guide Matt 8:18-22
Friend to all Matt 9:9-13
Living (Raised from the dead) Rev 1:18 Burden/load bearer 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corin 5:21 Gateway 1 Peter 5:10, 1 Tim 2:5
3rd – it’s necessary to make a choice to follow (or not) Jesus.
Jesus said he must be about his father’s business. Which indicates, if Jesus did it, then it was God’s will (see baptism)!!
Ultimately, following Jesus means striving to do God’s will.
When we fall short, make the effort, do what you can to right the ship.