Did you know that the first Christmas was full of music and songs? They were sung by those who were part of the story themselves. When Mary, Jesus’ mother, received the news from the angel Gabriel that she had conceived by the Holy Spirit, she declared in a beautiful poetry: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Zechariah, who was John the Baptist’s father, prophesied: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us.” When an angel of the Lord came out in the field where the shepherds were taking care of their flock at night, they saw with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased.” And when Simeon saw the small baby Jesus being presented in the Temple, he took him up in his arms and blessed: “Lord, now you are letting you servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation…”
Is it really possible to know anything for certain? What about when it comes to matters of faith and the afterlife? Can you know for sure that when you die God will allow you to enter into his kingdom? On what basis? Christianity has an answer for that in the form of a person, that is Jesus. So how can you know for sure that you are a Christian? Listen to this series of talks as we discuss that truth from God's Word!
Jesus has risen from the dead and has ascended to the Father. The gospel has expanded to places like Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, just as Jesus told his disciples (Acts 1:8). Even the Gentiles are coming to faith in Christ (Acts 11:18). Now in chapters 13-28 we will see that the gospel is continuing to spread and as a result churches are growing. What is the main component? The Word of God! Follow us along in this series as we learn how key the Scriptures are to maturing local churches!
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Everyone is tempted. Everyone sins. That creates a cosmic problem because God is holy, hates sin and as a just judge punishes sin. The christian is one who has been saved from God's punishment because of the work of Jesus Christ. However, the Christian still struggles with sin and temptation. What is the solution? This series will seek to display the sufficiency of Jesus Christ in the midst of our temptation.
In this series, we "fly over" each of five books of wisdom in the Old Testament. They are also very poetical books. Almost all Old Testament books have some poetry in them. The genius of these books is that they capture life in both its reality and idealism and point us to God as the answer.