Text: Genesis 2:7-3:15 | Speaker: Levi Bakerink | Description: Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. This fact is the glorious truth of the Incarnation; the good news that brings great joy. But why is this news so good? In the month of December, we are going to ask this question in this series, about what it means that God is truly with us. And in order to understand why that is such good news, we first need to see the bad news. God was with us, but it was lost due to our sin and rebellion. Thankfully, it was not lost forever.
Question – For a sinner to come to Christ what does he have to have spiritually if he is going to going to be saved? What did Zacchaeus have to do here?
Answer: He has to have a sight of Jesus. He has to get to the place, either go to a church, or to read the Bible, or to talk to someone who knows Jesus, if he would be saved. Zacchaeus had to climb the tree to see Him because he was short of stature.
Question – What does a sinner need to do nowadays, according to verses 5 and 6, to be saved?
Answer: He needs to make haste to come down from his high view of things and receive Jesus with joy.
Sin reigns in the sinner, grace reigns in the
righteous! When God saved you, Christian, He made you
different, you are a new creation in Christ! He
didn't leave you in the same condition as when you
were lost and dead in your sins!
This massive difference between you Christian and the lost
should be notable and obvious IN YOU……That sin no longer
reigns in you, you no longer indulge yourself in sin, you hate
your sins, and when you do sin, you run back to the cross, you
repent, and confess your sins to God!
People have been searching down across time to find fault in Jesus but have still found none. He's perfect and was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. If we refuse to live as God requires, we deny that perfect sacrifice.
Jesus is here seeking to justify to these scribes and Pharisees the reason why He would associate with tax collectors and unworthy sinners of the worst sort. It was so that they might be found by Him and saved by Him. This is why He was receiving them to have an audience with Himself. This parable is set in the context of the words of verses 1 and 2. They say – "Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him." "And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, 'This Man receives sinners and eats with them." This was the reason that Jesus spoke this parable to them. It was because they were complaining about His associating with sinners. But He Himself was seeing them as lost sheep. That was the reason that He told them this parable.
For some time, the folks at WBF have been praying for God to expand our children's ministry. Little were we aware that God has been answering that prayer in a most supernatural way. Join us as we enjoy a visit from Brother Ovidiu from Romania and Pastor Keith.
Let the Bible Speak - TV Recording 262. Special Speaker: Rev Simon Anderson. Bible reading: Psalm 1. Subject: The Coming Judgement. Hymns: There is a story sweet to hear & Someday we'll stand before the judgement bar.
Missions Conference – October 26, 2023 – Nick Stoll Preaching
Offertory: "Nearer, Still Nearer" Lyrics and Music by Lelia N. Morris; Arranged by Jay-Martin Pinner; Copyright 1988 by David E. Smith Publications
Special Music: "Lord, Send Me Anywhere" Lyrics by David Livingstone; Music by Faye Lopez; Arranged by Richard A. Nichols; Copyright 1978 by Majesty Music
Sermon: Your Weakness Is God's Strength
Scripture: I Corinthians 1:26-31
Hymns used from the following:
Great Hymns of the Faith Brentwood Benson Publishing - CCLI License for live streaming
Soul Stirring Songs and Hymns - Sword of the Lord Publishers - permission used by publisher
From the Media Ministry of Mukwonago Baptist Church:
1610 Honeywell Road
Mukwonago, WI 53149
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say;
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.