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What We Believe - Christ

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Secular:

  • Trust is an important part of our existence…
    • When the doctor sends you to the pharmacist… who bottles these little pills made out of who knows what…. Divided up and sent home with you… (we accept that neither person is malicious or incompetent….)
    • You go hunting with a buddy… that he knows you have to positively I.D. anything you are going to shoot…
    • When you bungee jump… you trust the guys hooking up your legs… the guy that ordered the cords… the guy who measured the height and the guy who manufactured the stuff…
    • If you go in for surgery…
    • When you buy a used car…
    • When you share something very personal…

Biblical:

Section C - Christ
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.

Personal:

Bridge:

Body:

Belief…

  • God with Us

NAU Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." 22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."

  •  Son of God (by the holy Spirit)
  • Virgin Birth (Fulfillment of Prohecy...)
    • God is good to his word…
    • "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (God with us)
  • Messiah promised one of God
  • Jesus = Hebrew Joshua = to deliver
    • Same root as Jehovah
  •  Remember send your best…
    • First troops into a war
    • Big business deal
    • Huge Legal fight
    • Get it right
  • Very Son of God… born of a Virgin by the power of the Spirit…
  • Nothing is impossible for God…
    • Parted Red Sea
    • Power behind and overall creation…
  •  You figured it out… you are ready to do it your way
    • wait for appropriate time…
    • looking for right result
    • God picked the time… and just as he promised… Jesus… the Son of God… Glory incarnate was born
    • On schedule
    • As planned…
  • God with us…

  • God always…

NAU John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testified about Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'" 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

  •  Pre-incarnate glory… lived before the Virgin Birth…
    • V. 3  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being
  •  God Always
    • Last week Trinity…
      • Father, Son and Spirit…
      • Eternal Communion
  •  V. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory
    • Jesus has always been God…
    • Part of the trinity
    • Is, was and always will be…
  • God Always

  • God the Answer

NAU Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. 16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. 18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. 19 For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.

  •  God supplies the Answer…
    • He always has…
    • He gave us the Law… to show us his glory
    • He gave us his leaders… to show us the path
    • He has given his Word… to guide us…
    • And when we continued to fail… he gave us his Son…
  •  What the Question…
    • How do sinful imperfect creatures stand before a Holy and Just God…
    • We need God to be Holy…
      • Malicious… vengeful… biased…
      • No perfect… complete… honest.. with integrity
    • We want God to be Just…
      • Those who escape punishment in this life…
        • The vile
        • The debase
        • The cruel
        • All must answer…
      • But we get caught in that…
      • Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    • Our just God… demands justice…
    • We were due the penalty…
      • Jesus lived a sinless life
      • The only acceptable substitution…
        • It was is us that is guilty
        • It is Jesus… the unblemished lamb… that pays the price
  • God supplies the answer
  •  God is the answer

  • God triumphant

NAU 1 Corinthians 15:1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

  •  Christ Died…
  •  Not only did he die… but he was buried in a stone tomb… watched by Guards whose life was a stake… talk about a Job review…
  •  Christ died…. Christ was buried…
  •  And he was raised to life…. By the power of the Father…
  • Our hope is not in a grave beside Mohammed
  • Our hope is not with the rotted remains of Buddha
  • Jesus lives and reigns and will return

Acts 1:11 "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."

  •  Christ will return… because my Saviour reigns…
  •  And in heaven Jesus is my mediator with the Holy and Awesome God I serve… protecting me from punishment due me… by the blood he shed on the cross…

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…

  •  God triumphant…

 Passion…

  •  God with US
    • Proximity
    • Understanding
    • God of Purpose
  •  God Always
    • Last week… Enduring
    • Not a fad
    • Not like politics (in power / out of Power)
  •   God the Answer
    • Nothing more exciting than find the answer to an impossible question…
    • Mensa puzzle
    • God is the answer…
    • The answer key to the Final Exam
  •  God Triumphant
    • I’d have a hard time worshipping an idol
    • … or a dead guy
    • … or a human being
    • But a living victorious Saviour!!
    • Mercilessly put to death as a penalty for all that I could not bear…
    • My hero tossed into a grave after sacrificing himself…
    • But gloriously as prophesied… He is raised in Victory
    • And in Victory Reigns and will come to escort me HOME…

Obedience…

  • God with US
  • God Always
  • God the Answer
  • God Triumphant
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