Grace After Grace After Grace

Text: John 1:15-17

Highlighting Christ’s pre-existence once again, John goes on to portray Him as the Source of Grace. Would “grace” be the word to describe your life as a Christian? Are you living in the good of what Christ accomplished for you?

The Word Became Flesh

In the first century – many believed in the “gods” – whether we speak of Rome or of Greece… polytheism was everywhere. In Greek thinking – the spiritual is good – matter is evil. Therefore it seemed unthinkable in their minds, that God would become a man.

A heretical group known as the Docetists denied the true humanity of Christ… not on biblical grounds, but based on the culture of Greek thinking. Jesus only appeared to be a flesh-and-blood man; his body was a phantasm.

Paul dealt with this heresy constantly: Col 2.9 “In Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead BODILY.” The Apostle John also: “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God” – 1 John 4:2. “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.” – 2 John:7. The mystery of the Gospel is that God indeed became a man in the Person of Jesus Christ – truly God; truly man.

What does this mean for us? The answer is mysterious, dazzling and amazing!

Christ Crucified

Text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Guest speaker Rob-roy Nelson preached this morning – a powerful word on “Christ crucified!”

When Paul came to Corinth there was something he didn’t do; something he did do, and then he tells us why he did it. A message all need to hear.

The New Birth: Signs of Life

Text: John 1:12,13

Before someone can enter the kingdom of God they need a miracle. More than that, they need to BE a miracle – to be born again. Amazingly, this new birth is not under man’s control. The right bloodline (family or national heritage), human effort or even human will are no factors whatsoever. God alone can do this and when He does, He does so Sovereignly and invisibly.

Jesus compared the new birth to the activity of wind. Wind seems to have a mind of its own and yet wherever the wind blows, evidence is left behind. What kind of evidence should each of us be looking for that might assure our hearts that we indeed have been born of God?

What Happens In The New Birth?

Text: John 1:9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

In order for someone to become a child of God, the new birth is an absolute necessity. Yet nowhere in Scripture are we told how to be born again. Why is that? What role does man play in this? What does God do when He regenerates a soul? These questions and more are addressed with stunning clarity in the text before us.

The More Sure Word

Text: Matt 17:1-8; 2 Peter 1:16-21

In terms of human experience, Peter had the big one!!! Only two other men on planet earth experienced it – the Transfiguration of Christ – where He was seen in His glory and where the audible voice of God the Father was heard speaking from heaven. And yet, Peter writes that Scripture is a more reliable guide than even this…