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Nothing is Impossible with God

Text: Luke 1:26-38
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 24, 2013

This Sunday we will learn from Gabriel’s appearance to Mary in which he announces the coming birth of our Lord Jesus.  As you read over our text (Luke 1:26-38) consider the following questions:

  • How is the announcement to Mary similar to the announcement to Zacharias?  How is it different?
  • Why would the Lord choose Mary?
  • How have the angel’s words to Mary been misunderstood and misused by some?
  • What does the angel reveal about Jesus?
  • How does Mary set an example for us?
  • Must one believe in the virgin birth in order to be saved?

John’s Miraculous Birth Foretold

Text: Luke 1:5-25
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 17, 2013

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Gospel of Luke which in the first two chapters contains the well-loved parallel narratives of the annunciations and births of John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus.  In Luke 1:5-25 we learn from the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist.

The passage begins with a barren couple, who are advanced in years and childless, and a barren nation which is under Roman oppression and hasn’t heard a Word from the Lord in centuries.  Gabriel brings good news of God’s intention to end the barrenness of both this family and that of Israel.   For those of you who were with us through the book of Ruth do you see the parallels?  God provides a redeemer for an empty  childless woman (Naomi) who will also advance His plan of redemption for His barren people.

Zacharias, however, does not respond in faith to this answer to his prayers for his wife and for his people.  Before we are too hard on him, however, we should recognize that all of us (even those who are righteous in Christ) sometimes struggle with doubt.


Citizens of Another Country

Text: 1 Peter 2:11-12
Speaker: Colin Jones
Date: November 10, 2013

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“That You May Know the Truth”

Text: Luke 1:1-4
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 10, 2013

This Sunday we begin the book of Luke which is written that we may know the truth about the most important man who ever lived, Jesus  Christ.  In the first four verses Luke explains his method of research and his purpose of writing.

As we look at these versus, we will consider these questions:

  1. Why did Luke need to write this book if others had already written about Jesus’ life and ministry?
  2. What do we learn from this passage about the process of the inspiration of Scripture?
  3. What practical value does this short passage have?

 


Vision of God’s Holiness

Text: Isaiah 6:1-13
Speaker: Colin Jones
Date: November 3, 2013

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Justified by Grace Alone Through Faith Alone in Christ Alone

Text: Romans 3:21-28
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 3, 2013

This past Thursday was Reformation Day on which many of us commemorate Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses onto the church door at Wittenberg.  Luther’s courageous challenge of the practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church led to a movement which looked again to the authority of the Bible alone for authority in religious matters and restored the biblical teaching of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.

In this message I preach from one of my favorite passages, Romans 3:21-28, which plainly sets forth the biblical teaching about justification – how can a person be just (or right) in God’s sight.  It is not by works which we do, but only by faith in what God has graciously done for us in Christ.


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