“for all have sinned and fall “For while we were still weak, short of the glory of God,” at the right time - Romans 3:23 Christ died for the godly.” - Romans 5:6 “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” - Ephesians 2:1–3
2000 B.C. 1500 1000 500 A.D. 0 500 1000 1500N.B. Can be presented that Christianity was in the mind of God before creation and enacted in humanity with Judaism (Eph. 1:4, 2 Tim. 1:9)Founding dates of Hinduism and Shinto not precisely known and vary.
A B A B A BOption 1 Option 2 A (or the reverse) B A B
Is it foolishness?“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but tous who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I willdestroy the wisdom of the wise…but to those who are called, bothJews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness ofGod is stronger than men.” - 1 Corinthians 1:18…25
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolishthing that people often say about Him: Im ready to acceptJesus as a great moral teacher, but I dont accept His claim tobe God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man whowas merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldnot be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg - orelse he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make yourchoice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else amadman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool,you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall atHis feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come withany patronizing nonsense about His being a great humanteacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. - C.S. Lewis
• The OT foretells His place of birth as Bethlehem — Numbers 24:17, 19, Micah 5:2• His lineage from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David — Gen: 12:3, 21:12, 2 Samuel 7:13• His forerunner, John the Baptist — Isaiah 40:3, Malachi 3:1• His vicarious suffering and death — Isaiah 53• His crucifixion, before crucifixion was a mode of execution — Psalm 22:16, Zechariah 12:10• His execution with common criminals — Isaiah 53:9, 12• His divinity — Isaiah 9:6, Jeremiah 23:6, Micah 5:2
1. He will be betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Matthew 26:49)2. The price of his betrayal will be thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:15)3. His betrayal money will be cast to the floor of my temple (Zechariah 11:13; Matthew 27:5)4. His betrayal money will be used to buy the potter’s field (Zechariah 11:13; Matthew 27:7)5. He will be forsaken and deserted by his disciples (Zechariah 13:7; Mark 14:50)6. He will be accused by false witnesses (Psalm 35:11; Matthew 26:59-60)7. He will be silent before his accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12)8. He will be wounded and bruised (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 27:26)9. He will be hated without a cause (Psalm 69:4; John 15:25)10. He will be struck and spit on (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67)11. He will be mocked, ridiculed, and rejected (Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 27:27-31; and John 7:5, 48)
12. He will collapse from weakness (Psalm 109:24-25; Luke 23:26)13. He will be taunted with specific words (Psalm 22:6-8; Matthew 27:39-43)14. People will shake their heads at him (Psalm 109:25; Matthew 27:39)15. People will stare at him (Psalm 22:17; Luke 23:35)16. He will be executed among “sinners” (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38)17. His hands and feet will be pierced (Psalm 22:16; Luke 23:33)18. He will pray for his persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34)19. His friends and family will stand afar off and watch (Psalm 38:11; Luke 23:49)20. His garments will be divided and won by the casting of lots (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23- 24)21. He will thirst (Psalm 69:21; John 19:28)22. He will be given gall and vinegar (Psalm 69:21; Matthew 27:34)23. He will commit himself to God (Psalm 31:5; Luke 23:46)
24. His bones will be left unbroken (Psalm 34:20; John 19:33)25. His heart will rupture (Psalm 22:14; John 19:34)26. His side will be pierced (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)27. Darkness will come over the land at midday (Amos 8:9; Matthew 27:45)28. He will be buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60)29. He will die 483 years after the declaration of Artaxerxes to rebuild the temple in 444 B.C. (Daniel 9:24)
Things you do. How you can apply it!God in my living Decisions – what you do (Pr. 3:5–6)There in my breathing Your sustaining – who gives you breath (Ps. 104:29)God in my waking Your life – who gave you all you have (Ac. 17:25)God in my sleeping Hand it over – give it up to God (Ps. 4:8)God in my resting Presence – how you hang out (Matt.11:28 )There in my working Work ethic – who you work for (Col. 3:23)God in my thinking His Way – value what matters to God (Phi. 4:8)God in my speaking Tongue – how you talk (Ps. 141:3)
Things you do. How you can apply it!God in my hoping Kingship – God > circumstances (Neh. 9:6)There in my dreaming Aspirations – seek after Him first. (Phi. 3:8)God in my watching Compassion – God’s eyes for the world (Col. 3:12)God in my waiting No anxiety – seek His will via prayer (Matt. 6:25)God in my laughing Joy – exclusive reign of peace (Ps.4:7)There in my weeping Sadness – do you cry out to Him? (Isa. 40:28–31)God in my hurting Reliance – do you lean on Him? (Ps. 34:18)God in my healing Resolution – do you trust Him? (Isa. 53:4-5)
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? … IN SIX WORDS
I rejected itI fought itI denied itI ignored itI was convicted of my sinandturned to God
Don’t reject itDon’t fight itDon’t deny itDon’t ignore itBe convicted of your sinandturn to the cross.