During this year's Christmas season we are going to look at the four different accounts of Christ's birth. Each has something to add to our understanding. Some by what they say, sometimes by what they don't say. Join us today as we look at John's gospel and the coming of the Word.
Why did Jesus Come?
John 18:33-38 " Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
34 ¶ Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
35 ¶ Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
36 ¶ Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
37 ¶ Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
38 ¶ Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all."
Since we are now moving into the Christmas season I wanted to preach to you today about the essential glory of our Savior in relation to His Incarnation. In reading to you these first five verses, John would have us to know that our Lord Jesus Christ was, and He is, infinitely glorious in His Being as the 2nd Person of the Divine Trinity. I would like us to dwell at this time on the meaning and the implications of the 3 descriptive titles which are given to us here. 1st of all – That Christ is the Eternal Word of God. 2nd – That Christ is the Creator of all things. And 3rd – That Christ is the Light of this fallen World. How blessed a thing it is for any of us, when we can by faith behold the glory of our Pre-Incarnate Savior and Lord, and also our now Incarnate Savior and Lord.
"Jesus Christ came as the Light of the World to provide spiritual life to all who believe in Him." ~ Pastor Ken Endean
Watch this Sunday morning's message from John 1:4-9 entitled "The Word is the Light," part of our series "The Power of the Gospel."
This faithful priest Zechariah, visited by an angel, watching his barren wife give birth to a son, hearing how his young relative is pregnant by the Spirit with the Messiah, bursts out with this beautiful praise to God.
To Israel (v68-75)
A. The Horn of Salvation is Raised (v68-69)
B. The Prophecies are Fulfilled (v70-71)
C. The Promises are Kept (v72-75)
To John (v76-79)
A. What John Will Do (v76-77)
B. What Jesus Will Do (v78-79)
During the Advent Season we once again pause to reflect upon the Greatest Gift mankind has ever received; the Hope of liberation from sin, death, and the tyranny of man.
This sermon is the first of a four-part series.
The Light of Men - Message 1 - The Light Shines in the Darkness - John 1:1-5. Jesus, introduced as the Logos by the Apostle John, is presented as God and with God from the beginning. His relationship to creation and His role as both Life and Light point to the truth about Who John says Jesus is. He is the Christ! As the Light shines in this dark world, those in the darkness cannot comprehend or conquer that Light.
In Isaiah, God promised a Son, named Immanuel, God with Us. What does it mean that Jesus is God, and why is it important?
Christ is the fulfillment of the promise of Immanuel, God with us, for He is the fullness of God: holy, eternal, and omnipotent.
When we take a close look at stumbling we realize that it is part of our everyday lives as unbelievers, because we are walking in the dark. When we are born again walking in the light of the word we begin to see that there are no occasions of stumbling when we are obedient to it, humbling ourselves under His mighty hand.
Work It Out
Working Out — What God Is Working In Us.
Paul emphasizes the importance of faithfully working out one's salvation with fear and trembling, as God works in and through His sheep for His good pleasure.
God works IN us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure, and when we work WITH Him BY faith, He glorifies Himself THROUGH our lives.
Summary bullet points from the transcription of this message.
• Philippians 2:15-16 and obedience in God's absence.
◦ Pastor Nick Holden and Shannon Ryals discuss the importance of being blameless and shining light in the world as believers who trust and follow Jesus.
◦ Paul emphasizes that God is the one working in believers, not him, and that believers can continue to walk in obedience even when he's not present (Philippines2:12-14).
◦ Paul disassociates himself from any credit for believers' obedience when he's not present, instead emphasizing God's work in them.
• God's Who Completes Us and Works In Us to Fulfill His Purpose In Our Lives.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of God completing us in every good work and working in us what is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:20-21).
◦ God works in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure, and when we work with Him through faith, He glorifies Himself through our lives.
◦ Paul emphasizes the importance of God's work in us and our working with Him to shine as lights in the world.
• Faith and influence in a dark world.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of being a light in the world, leading to an everlasting impact on future generations.
◦ Pastor Nick encourages believers to stay true, harmless, and faith