I believe in God the Father Almighty,     maker of heaven and earth;And in Jesus Christ his only Son our               Lor...
• Arianism : Jesus was the greatest of God’s creation• Adoptionism : Jesus was adopted @ His baptism• Metaphoric-ism : the...
• God’s only Son, our Lord• conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin• God breaking the traumatic silence  ~ 400 ye...
•   ‘homoousis’     ~ same substance, co-eternal with the Father•   Lord ~ He’s Creator, Savior.    ~ even in His birth (c...
Matthew 1:1-25; Luke 3:23-37
• God’s sign (Isa 7:14) ~ miraculous conception• a scandalized beginning for Mary & Joseph• the salvation offered by God i...
• an awesome genesis (pedigree) : David, Abraham• goes back via the line of Solomon & Nathan• includes 4 Gentile women & h...
• a son of Abraham ~ father of Israel (Gen 12,17)• a son of David ~ messianic title (ruler of nation)• a son of Adam ~ pro...
Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 2:1-12; John 1:1-14
• the unsterile manger• the unprepared Chief Priests & Scribes• the hostile neighbourhood
• the outcast & lowly shepherds• the outside & pagan magi  ~ gold for a king, frankinsense for a God, myrrh for the dead• ...
• entering the neighborhood, walking in our shoes• shining amidst the ugly, devouring darkness• unwavering in Truth, overf...
Matthew 2:13-23; 3:13-4:11
• an Idumean’s plot ~ Herod threatened• becoming an Egyptian refugee• returning to the backwaters of Nazareth
• God’s declaration of fatherhood• Jesus’ Bar Mitzvah (“My Beloved Son”)• Jesus’ credentials (sonship, approved, loved)
• misleading insinuations ~ “If you are …”• hijacking power ~ calling to popular messianics• thwarted tempter ~ the Son of...
1. Examine your own ideas about JESUS &  His TOTAL SONSHIP, His MIRACULOUS  CONCEPTION. What is your response?
1. What is your response to God, Who disregards  SCANDALS & ABSURDITIES to come in His own  way?2. The Messiah has MOVED I...
Apostle's creed (jesus his identity & birth)
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Apostle's creed (jesus his identity & birth)

  1. 1. I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
  2. 2. • Arianism : Jesus was the greatest of God’s creation• Adoptionism : Jesus was adopted @ His baptism• Metaphoric-ism : the incarnation = just a metaphor
  3. 3. • God’s only Son, our Lord• conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin• God breaking the traumatic silence ~ 400 years after Malachi, 600 years after Isaiah
  4. 4. • ‘homoousis’ ~ same substance, co-eternal with the Father• Lord ~ He’s Creator, Savior. ~ even in His birth (conception)• the Messiah ~ Anointed One, Deliverer, Ruler
  5. 5. Matthew 1:1-25; Luke 3:23-37
  6. 6. • God’s sign (Isa 7:14) ~ miraculous conception• a scandalized beginning for Mary & Joseph• the salvation offered by God is supernatural
  7. 7. • an awesome genesis (pedigree) : David, Abraham• goes back via the line of Solomon & Nathan• includes 4 Gentile women & heroes of faith
  8. 8. • a son of Abraham ~ father of Israel (Gen 12,17)• a son of David ~ messianic title (ruler of nation)• a son of Adam ~ promise of crushing Satan (Gen 3) ~ representing all humanity
  9. 9. Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 2:1-12; John 1:1-14
  10. 10. • the unsterile manger• the unprepared Chief Priests & Scribes• the hostile neighbourhood
  11. 11. • the outcast & lowly shepherds• the outside & pagan magi ~ gold for a king, frankinsense for a God, myrrh for the dead• the absent Jewish community
  12. 12. • entering the neighborhood, walking in our shoes• shining amidst the ugly, devouring darkness• unwavering in Truth, overflowing in Grace
  13. 13. Matthew 2:13-23; 3:13-4:11
  14. 14. • an Idumean’s plot ~ Herod threatened• becoming an Egyptian refugee• returning to the backwaters of Nazareth
  15. 15. • God’s declaration of fatherhood• Jesus’ Bar Mitzvah (“My Beloved Son”)• Jesus’ credentials (sonship, approved, loved)
  16. 16. • misleading insinuations ~ “If you are …”• hijacking power ~ calling to popular messianics• thwarted tempter ~ the Son of God kept faithful
  17. 17. 1. Examine your own ideas about JESUS & His TOTAL SONSHIP, His MIRACULOUS CONCEPTION. What is your response?
  18. 18. 1. What is your response to God, Who disregards SCANDALS & ABSURDITIES to come in His own way?2. The Messiah has MOVED INTO OUR DARK NEIGHBORHOOD. What grace & truth does He speak into your situation?

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