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Jesus-the Prophesied Savior

Isaiah 7:14

Intro.: The virgin birth of Christ is the foundation of our faith. It was a supernatural birth. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit. This miraculous birth of Christ was necessary to redeem us from sin. But coming into the world to live among people as the Son of Man also meant He could understand our feelings and needs (Heb. 4:15).

Jesus existed eternally-note: "Let us make man in our image" (Gen. 1:26). Also note: "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3).

I. ‑The Coming of Christ-"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign."

A. ‑The promise (Gen. 3:15): "the seed of the woman."

1. ‑The coming Christ would destroy the enemy (Eph. 2:15).

2. ‑The coming Christ would overcome Satan in the battle for our souls (Col. 2:15).

3. ‑Christ came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

II. ‑The Conception of Christ-"Behold, a virgin shall conceive"

A. ‑Pregnancy (Matt. 1:18)-note: "A child of the Holy Ghost."

B. ‑Prophecy: (Matt. 1:22-23)-Isaiah's prophecy (Isa. 9:2ff; see also John 8:12) given over 700 years earlier was now being fulfilled.

C. Purity (Matt. 1:23)-born of a virgin.

D. ‑Practice (Matt. 1:24-25)-Not only was Mary a godly woman, Joseph was a godly man. Four times God spoke to Joseph (Matt. 1:l8-20; 2:13-15; 2:19-21; 2:22-23).

III. ‑The Character of Christ-"and shall call his name Immanuel."

A. ‑Meaning of His Name: Immanuel or Emmanuel means "God with us."

B. Message of His name

1. ‑With us in times of sorrow (Isa. 61:1-3).

2. ‑With us in times of sickness (Isa. 53:5). If He does not heal us, He gives grace and patience to bear.

3. ‑With us in suffering (2 Cor. 12:7-10)-whether loss of friend or mate, or health or any setback, He is with us.

Conclusion: Jesus grew into manhood and at the age of 30 He began to teach-until His crucifixion 3 years later. He arose from the dead and 40 days later ascended into heaven. He is with us at all times when we allow Him to live within our hearts and lives.

Because He is the Son of God, He is able to forgive sin and His blood cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:17).

Because He overcame death, He is able to help us overcome death and live eternally with Him.

Croft M. Pentz

(Note: "Jesus the Perfect Savior" will follow next month)


If Christ Is Preached

"Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?" (1 Cor. 15:12)

Foundational inquiry: What consequences would accrue if Christ had not risen?

I. Our Preaching Would Be in Vain (v. 14).

II. Our Faith Would Be in Vain (v. 14).

III. Our Faith Would Be Worthless (v. 17).

IV. We Are False Witnesses (v. 15).

V. We Are Still In Our Sins (v. 17).

VI. Our Dead Have Perished (vv. 15,18).

VII. We Are To Be Pitied (v. 19).

Application/Challenge: "But now Christ has been raised" [15:20-22]. So the power of these truths has set us free from fear and unleashed our boldness in Christ Jesus.

J. A. Gillmartin,
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The Gift of Rest

Matthew 11:28-30

Background: The Jews of Jesus' day were weary because of unrepentance and legalism (11:20-24; 12:1-14). In our day people suffer from weariness and worry for the same reasons and more.

I. ‑Jesus Issues the Invitation to Rest: "Come to meand I will give you rest."

A. ‑The invitation goes out to the tired: "All who are weary."

B. ‑The invitation goes out to the troubled: "Burdened."

II. ‑Jesus Explains the Implementation of Rest: "Takeand learn."

A. ‑Submit to Jesus' plan for your life: "Take my yoke upon you."

B. ‑Study Jesus' principles for your life: "And learn from me."

III. ‑Jesus Presents the Inspiration for Rest: "For."

A. ‑You'll discover His disposition is gentle: "I am gentle."

B. ‑You'll discover His disposition is humble: Jesus is also "humble in heart."

C. ‑You'll discover His vocation is easy: "My yoke is easy."

D. ‑You'll discover His vocation is light: "My burden is light"

Prop.: You, too, can find rest in the service of Jesus.

Conc.: I'd like to end with the chorus of an old hymn:

"Come unto Me;
I will give you rest;
Take My yoke upon you,
Hear Me and be blest;
I am meek and lowly,
Come and trust my might;
Come, My yoke is easy,
And My burden's light."

From "Come Unto Me" by Charles P. Jones (1865-1949)

Steve Eutsler

The Demon's Creed

I. Demons Believed in God (James 2:19).

A. ‑Yet theirs was a dead faith-no good works to show for it.

B. ‑Does your creed at least admit the existence of God (Heb. 11:6)?

II. ‑Demons Believed Jesus Was More than a Man (Mark 1:21-24; 3:11).

A. ‑They believed He was a God-Man; yet their belief did not lead to repentance.

B. ‑Does your creed at least believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 8:37)?

III. ‑Demons Believed in the Authority of Christ (Luke 8:26-31).

A. ‑They knew He had power to command-anything! Yet they obeyed Him only because they had to.

B. ‑Does your creed yield to His authority willingly? Lovingly? (Matt. 28:18-20).

IV. ‑Demons Believed in Future Time of Torment (Matt. 8:28-29).

A. ‑Yet, as fallen angels, they persisted in serving Satan.

B. ‑Does your creed believe in future torment? Paul's did (2 Cor. 5:11).

C. ‑More important, do you believe that "God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess. 5:9)?

Victor Knowles, POEM
Sermon idea from Wayne Jackson

Personal Revival

2 Chronicles 7:14:

I The People: "If my people."

A. Unconcerned Christian (1 Pet. 4:17).

B. Undedicated Christian (1 Pet. 4:18).

C. Undisciplined Christian (1 Coir. 9:27).

II. The Pride: "shall humble themselves."

A. Selfish pride (Gal. 2:20).

B. Sinful pride (Ps. 66:18).

C. Spiritual pride (Matt. 6:1-8).

D. Separating pride (James 4:6).

III. ‑The Prayer: "and pray and seek my face."

A. Daily praying (James 5:16).

B. Detained praying (Isa. 40:31).

C. Dedicated praying (Jer. 29:13).

D. Determined praying (Matt. 7:7-9).

IV. ‑The Purging: "and turn from their wicked way."

A. Cleansing the head (Ps. 19:14).

B. Cleansing the habits (Gal. 5:16).

C. Cleansing the home (Luke 19:5).

D. Cleansing the heart (Ps. 139:23).

V. ‑The Promise: "then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin."

A. Spiritual restoration (Ps. 51:12).

B. Spiritual rededication (Rom. 12:1-2).

C. Spiritual renewal (Ps. 139:23-24).

Croft M. Pentz

The Christian Race

Hebrews 12:1-2

I. Remembrance (1a).

II. Removal (1b).

III. Race (1c).

IV. Respect (2a).

V. Redemption (2b).

VI. Residence (2c).

Croft M. Pentz

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