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Deeper mary had a little lamb - feb 13, 2011

  1. 1. ‘11Rediscovering the Good News that We Dare Not Forget!
  2. 2. The HeidelbergCatechism (1563) 129 questions and answers 52 Lord’s Day Readings
  3. 3. The Good NewsWe AlmostForgot:Rediscoveringthe Gospel in a16 th CenturyCatechism byKevin DeYoung.
  4. 4. ‘11Rediscovering the Good News that We Dare Not Forget!
  5. 5. Seeking to live ourlives in this world with little or noknowledge of the God who made this world and runs it - is to live life blindfolded!
  6. 6. “What we know about God shapes the way we think and live. Theology mattersJoshua because if we get it Harris wrong then our whole life will be wrong.”
  7. 7. ‘11Rediscovering the Good News that We Dare Not Forget! Mary Had a Little Lamb!
  8. 8. The Apostle’s Creed I believe in GodAlmighty, Maker of heavenand earth, and in Jesus ChristHis only Son our Lord.
  9. 9. The Apostles’ CreedWho was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.
  10. 10. The creed sums upJesus’ earthly life‘from womb to tomb’using a mere 18words!
  11. 11. % ofGospel Total Passion Passion chapters week week chapters chaptersMatthew 28 9 32% Mark 16 6 37% Luke 24 6 25% John 21 9 43% All 4gospels 89 31 35%
  12. 12. Jesus lived approximately 1,700 weeks. So his four biographers spent 35% of their writing on just .06% of his life!The gospel writers understood the main thing about Jesus’ life was his death!
  13. 13. The Apostles’ CreedWho was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.
  14. 14. Luke 1:31“You will conceive and give birth toa son, and you are to call himJesus.”Luke 1:34“How will this be,” Mary asked theangel, “since I am a virgin?”
  15. 15. Matthew 1:22-23All this took place to fulfill what theLord had said through the prophet:“The virgin will conceive and givebirth to a son, and they will callhim Immanuel” (which means“God with us”).
  16. 16. “How willthis be since Iam a virgin?”
  17. 17. Luke 1:35, 37The Holy Spirit will come on you,and the power of the Most Highwill overshadow you. So the holyone to be born will be called theSon of God . . . For nothing isimpossible with God.
  18. 18. WHY is belief in the virgin birth soessential for our Christian Faith?1. It is essential because it has been believed down through the centuries of the church.
  19. 19. “Granted the church can getthings wrong, sometimeseven for a long time. But ifChristians, of all stripes in allplaces have professed beliefin the virgin birth for twomillennia, maybe we shouldbe slow to discount it asinconsequential.” (DeYoung)
  20. 20. WHY is belief in the virgin birth so essential for our Christian Faith?1. It is essential because it has been believed down through the centuries of the church.2. It is essential because the reliability of Scripture depends upon it. (Luke 1; Matthew 1; Isaiah 7)
  21. 21. WHY is belief in the virgin birth so essential for our Christian Faith?3. It is essential for without it, Jesus could not be fully God and fully man.4. It is essential because without it, Jesus would have inherited the sinful curse of depravity that clings to Adam’s descendents!
  22. 22. Psalm 51:5Surely I was sinful at birth, sinfulfrom the time my motherconceived me.
  23. 23. The Apostles’ CreedWho was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.
  24. 24. The Apostles’ CreedWho was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.
  25. 25. WHY “suffered under Pontius Pilate?”1. To state that Jesus’ death wasindeed an historical event.
  26. 26. Unearthed in 1961 TIBERIUS PONTIUS PILATE, PREFECT OF JUDEA
  27. 27. John 18:31Pilate said, “Take him yourselvesand judge him by your own law.”“But we have no right to executeanyone,” the Jews objected.
  28. 28. John 19:10-11“Do you refuse to speak to me?”Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I havepower either to free you or to crucifyyou?” Jesus answered, “You wouldhave no power over me if it were notgiven to you from above. Thereforethe one who handed me over to youis guilty of a greater sin.”
  29. 29. WHY “suffered under Pontius Pilate?”1. To state that Jesus’ death was indeed an historical event.2. As a Roman, Pilate would have undoubtedly ordered Jesus’ execution by crucifixion.
  30. 30. English wordexcruciate isderived fromthe Latin wordcrux whichmeans cross.
  31. 31. WHY “suffered under Pontius Pilate?”1. To state that Jesus’ death was indeed an historical event.2. As a Roman, Pilate would have undoubtedly ordered Jesus’ execution by crucifixion.
  32. 32. Q. 39 Is it significant that He was “crucified” instead of dying some other way?A. 39 Yes. This death convincesme that He shouldered the cursewhich lay on me, since death bycrucifixion was accursed by God.
  33. 33. Galatians 3:13Christ redeemed us from the curseof the law by becoming a curse forus, for it is written: “Cursed iseveryone who is hung on a tree.”The Apostle Paul quotes Dt. 21:23
  34. 34. Matthew 28:18-20We are going up to Jerusalem, andthe Son of Man will be betrayed tothe chief priests and the teachers ofthe law. They will condemn him todeath and will turn him over to theGentiles to be mocked and floggedand crucified.
  35. 35. We are forgiven and cleansed from our sins (expiation)We are delivered from God’s wrath (propitiation)We are set free from sin and Satan (redemption)We are made right with God (reconciliation)
  36. 36. PraiseGod forthe Lambof God!
  37. 37. ‘11 Gracia Burnham’s StoryLord’s Day Readings #16 (Questions #40-44)
  38. 38. Reflect on the miracle of thevirgin birth of Jesus Christ . . . And worship the God with whom NOTHING is impossible!
  39. 39. Select a gospel account of Jesus’ “suffering under Pontius Pilate.” After reading, respond with aprayer of thanksgiving and praiseor sing the hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

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