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Jesus: The Source of True Security, by Pastor Greg Byman
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Jesus: The Source of True Security
Why Jesus is the source of true security
1. Jesus is the final word
2. Jesus is our creator
3. Jesus holds us together
4. Jesus solves our biggest problem
1. Trust Jesus with your life
2. Trust Jesus in the moment
3. Trust Jesus with your future
How To Find Jesus -- Lesson from Wise Men. Matthew 2:1-7
How To Find Jesus: Lessons from the Wise Men
How to find Jesus
1. See the Signs
-Wise Men saw the star- miraculous phenomenon
-Witness of creation- Romans 1:20
Possible signs that are leading you to Jesus
-Life changing event
-Lack of purpose
-Lack of true satisfaction
-Conviction- guilt from your sin
2. Search the scriptures
-Wise men looked for answers from God’s people
-They used scripture to answer the Wise Men
-Search the Bible to answer your questions
-Prophecy of the Old Testament
-Testimony of the New Testament
-study your own Bible
-go to our website to “Who is Jesus?”
-ask a Christ follower in our church that you trust
-The Wise Men searched until they found Jesus!
-they trusted the scriptures- went to Bethlehem
-Keep searching for Jesus through the testimony of
His followers, through His church, this church!
-let the evidence lead you to Jesus!
3. Surrender yourself
-Wise men searched until they found Jesus!
-Wise men immediately knelt and worshiped Jesus
-Wise men gave generously to Jesus
-Wise men dedicated their future to Jesus
What is your next wise step?
See the signs
-What are other people telling you?
-What circumstances are revealing your need to change?
-How has everything else you have tried failed to satisfy?
Search the scripture
-Is there anything more you need to learn about Jesus before you give your life to Him?
-You may really need more information
-Or, you may be using this as an excuse to keep rejecting Jesus
Surrender yourself to Jesus right now!
-surrender your whole life to Jesus
-surrender all you have to Jesus
-surrender your future to Jesus
Sermon title, by Pastor Greg Byman
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Trust the Story of the Virgin Birth
Every Bible story is important
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is inspired, profitable
The Bible is one story
-How God has redeemed us from our sins through Christ
-There are many stories, but they all point to this Main story
-Each smaller story is meant to increase our faith in God
The Virgin Birth story is a small but significant story!
-Recorded in Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38
-Matthew 1:23 says this fulfills the Isaiah 7:14 prophecy
-The early church continued to declare their belief in it
-Textual evidence suggests it was NOT inserted later
Why would someone reject the Virgin Birth story?
-Attempt to discredit the unique nature of Jesus Christ
-they would have to reject multiple other verses
-Disbelief that God performs miracles in our world
-multiple other Bible stories would have to be rejected
-Rejection of the Bible as a historically accurate record
-Many have tried and failed to disprove this idea
-We don’t have to check our brains at the door to believe
in the Bible
-Belief that it is unimportant to our faith
-Emphasis on his sayings, example, not his historicity
-This would mean God’s word is untrustworthy
-We have to accept all or none of the story of Jesus
-I welcome a personal conversation with anyone who is honestly
and intellectually struggling with the Virgin Birth. Let’s sit
down sometime and examine the evidence together!
I desire for us to trust the Story of the Virgin Birth
-Read Luke 1:26-38
Observations from Luke 1:26-38
adapted from Christian Theology by Millard Eerickson, 1985
1. Salvation is supernatural
-John 3:5b-6 We must be born again, of spirit and water
-John 1:13 we are spiritually born of God, not by our will or by
-No one can save themselves- we needed God to intervene
-Our Savior Jesus came from outside of humanity!
-Stop trying to earn or keep your salvation by human effort!
2. Salvation is a gift of grace
-Mary did nothing to earn God’s favor, many virgins available
-vs 34 “How can this be?” Only God can do what we cannot do
-No one is deserving of God’s grace!
3. God can do anything
-God is all powerful and has all authority to act
-The birth of Jesus is the most unique birth of all time
-Gen 18:14 “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
-When we believe in the virgin birth, we can believe that God can and will work in our lives, to free us from the humanly impossible task of resisting temptation and living a pure and holy life
-God can save everyone, no matter how far they are from God, no matter how dark their lives
Trust the story of the Virgin Birth
1. Admit that you cannot save yourself
2. Accept God’s love and forgiveness as a free gift
3. Let Jesus be the Lord/boss of your life
-Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.”
-Romans 10:13 “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”
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Shine Like Stars!
We need shining stars right now!
Real people, Real Church, Real God!
-Christ followers who really trust each other and God!
Too many people are being controlled by feelings and fear!
-Jesus invites us to a better life of peace and purpose
How to shine like stars
1. Work out your salvation with others
-“Therefore” refers to “have the attitude of Jesus Christ
2:1-4 a checklist of proper attitudes and actions
-We cannot grow spiritually in isolation!
-our salvation is tested when we are around other people
-Jesus “proved” his humility while on earth, not heaven
-“work out”- labor, this is not easy, we cannot be passive
-live how God has empowered us to live!
-even when you don’t want to!
-with fear and trembling- recognize we are accountable to God
-We aren’t afraid of God rejecting us (Romans 8:1)
-We do have a healthy fear of God’s discipline if we don’t!
-even when your spiritual leaders aren’t around!
-Paul said “even more in my absence”
-If you don’t want your pastor to see or hear you, then why
do you think it is ok to do it when he isn’t around?
-We are accountable to God- who is always present!
2. Check your attitude
-Without grumbling or arguing- Phil 2:2 is the opposite of this
-God doesn’t just want our behavior, he wants our heart too!
-Illust: we give Christmas gifts because we WANT to
-it isn’t as enjoyable when we HAVE to!
-vs 15 A practical test to check your attitude
-am I blameless- do I keep short accounts with people?
-am I pure- do people know I live a clean life?
-am I known as a true “child of God”
3. Trust God completely
-vs 13 God is fulfilling His purpose in and through you!
-Hold firmly to the Word- even when other are letting go of it
-Apply it to every area of your life- not just on Sunday!
-We are shining out in the darkness- spiritual depravity
-The world is actively rejecting God and His Word
-Eph 5:6-14 reject empty arguments, don’t go back to your
Dark life, “live like children of light”
-Real people, real church!
-2 Tim 3:12 “In fact, all who want to live a godly life in
Christ Jesus will be persecuted”
Shine Like Stars!
Who are you going to build relationships with to do this?
-What church family will you commit to?
-What Connection Group/church friendships will you commit to?
-Stop living in isolation!
What darkness do you need to turn away from right now?
-where do you tend to grumble and argue
-where do you need to be more blameless and pure?
-where are you blending into the crowd of unbelievers?
-Jesus is calling you to shine like stars- glorify Him, help others
Who must you tell about your spiritual commitment today?
-God uses pastors, elders and other spiritual leaders to help us
-We must depend on others to help us succeed spiritually!
-Who is “laboring” spiritually for you (vs 16b)?
-Let us pray for you, resource you, encourage you!
Contact us right now!
-Contact page on our website
-Church Facebook Messenger
-Connection Card located at our Offering Boxes
Romans, Part 12: How to Grow Hopeful During Affliction
How to Grow Hopeful During Affliction
The righteous will live by faith!
-Affliction is the real world moment to see if we really trust God
-Many people like the idea of being a Christian
-Fewer people want to live for Christ when times get tough
Affliction tempts us to give up
-Think that God has abandoned us
-Think that we are all alone- no one else knows how bad it is
-Think that there is no point living for God
-The lie from Satan: Christians will never suffer
-Popular false teachers are claiming health and wealth
How to grow hopeful when afflicted
Trust God’s promise
-We become righteous through faith in Christ
-We are at peace with God
-Affliction does not mean God has abandoned you!
-God isn’t being cruel because of your sinful nature
-Affliction due to sin brings discipline, not condemnation
Keep worshipping God
-Rejoice in affliction- keep your focus on God!
-This does not mean we are happy about affliction
-bad things are bad: cancer, COVID-19, job loss, strife
-Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again: rejoice!
Hebrews 12:2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and
perfector of our faith.
Don’t give up
-Galatians 6:9 we will reap a blessing if we do not give up
-Affliction proves God’s faithfulness
-God empowers us to endure
-Our proven character leads to greater hope in God
-we see Him changing us into the likeness of Christ
-God will not put us to shame for our faith in Him!
What is affliction revealing in you?
Place your hope in Jesus Christ alone!
Return to Jesus Christ as your only hope!
Romans, part 10: Faith Starts It All
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Faith Starts It All!
Intro: The Righteous Live By Faith
-Everyone can know God
-We must come to God by faith
-No one is good enough to be with God
-Jesus came to bring us to God
-We become righteous through faith in Jesus Christ
Faith started it all! Romans 4:1-12
1. Abraham believed God
-He had nothing to boast about to God
-Ephesians 2:9 “not from works so that no one can boast”
2. God credited Abraham’s faith with righteousness
-God saved Abraham out of a pagan culture that did not have
faith in Him
3. David trusted in God’s unconditional forgiveness
4. Abraham was declared righteous before he obeyed God
-Circumcised 14 years AFTER he was declared righteous
-Circumcision was the “seal” or mark that set Abraham apart
-Today: Baptism is the “seal” that sets us apart with God
-In the same way, faith and salvation occur BEFORE baptism
-Illust: the thief on the cross was saved by faith, never worked!
5. Abraham is the spiritual father of Jews and Gentiles
-vs 12 “who also follow in the footsteps of the faith” of Abraham
-Every Christian is a fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham!
-descendants as numerous as the stars, as sand
-Abraham’s faith began a personal relationship with God that set apart the nation of Israel as God’s chosen people
-God continues to set apart a chosen people today—us!
We must Start with faith!
1. Place our faith in Jesus Christ
-Stop trying to earn God’s salvation by works
-Stop boasting in self, thinking good works earns salvation
-We may be able to boast in front of other people
-We aren’t good enough to boast in front of God!
2. Obey God to prove our faith
-John 14:15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments
-Matthew 22:37, 39 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind… love your neighbor as yourself!
-Matthew 28:19-20 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.
-James 2:26 …faith without works is dead.
-Work comes after our faith
-But faith is always followed by works!
3. Help others start with faith!
-Show them you trust God by faith alone, not your works
-Don’t make people obey before they trust
-Don’t mislead people to think obedience earns right standing
-Be REAL! Let others know you aren’t boasting in front of God
-Don’t hide your sin, pretend you are perfect
-show them how to grow spiritually
-show them how to keep asking forgiveness, continuing on!
What is your next right step today?
1 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for the one who died for them and was raised.
Romans, part 9: Stop Trying
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The righteous will live by faith Romans 1:17
Stop Trying To Be Good Enough!
1. No one is good enough (Romans 3:9-18)
-Actions and attitudes condemn us all
-Paul quotes the OT, aiming at self-righteous Jews
-knowing the law didn’t make them perfect
-Today, we are told people are born with a blank slate
-Society/Government/Religion makes good children go bad
-vs 10-18 says we by nature do bad, everyone!
-Any solution to world/society problems that rejects God, His Word, and Jesus Christ, will fall short!
-Rules cannot cure the human heart
-Good people may spring up, but they still aren’t good enough
-A Judeo-Christian worldview has led to the most moral, benevolent and just societies and governments- but they still fall short of perfection!
-Abolition of slavery, human rights, elevation of women legally, sanctity of human life, all have sprung up from the soil of a Christian worldview.
-However, a worldview isn’t enough- America still falls short of the glory of God! We are still sinful, still unjust, still destroying human life in the womb, still corrupt
-Government rules and rulers won’t fix our hearts!
2. We have no defense (Romans 3:19-20)
-Illustration: have you ever been caught doing wrong?
-unable to talk, you willingly accept judgment
-“every mouth” will “be shut” in front of God!
-The Law will condemn us! (whether external or internal)
Stop trying to be good enough!
3. Jesus removed our guilt (Romans 3:21-26)
-God announced His plan through the Law and Prophets!
-vs 22 “The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ”
-John 14:6 Jesus is the only way, truth, life!
-vs 23-24 A compare and contrast analysis
-We all sinned, we all fall short of God’s glory (vs 23)
-HOWEVER, God justifies us freely, by his grace (unmerited
Favor) through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
-Heb 10:10 “sanctified…through Jesus Christ once for all”
-received through faith- trust, surrender
-God remains righteous- not a corrupt judge overlooking sin
-God declares righteous the one who has faith in Jesus!
Christian, Stop trying to be good enough!
4. We cannot boast in ourselves (Romans 3:27-31)
-Stop trying to steal God’s glory!
-Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified.
-Ephesians 2:8-9 saved by grace through faith….not from works, so than one can boast
-Luther: by grace alone, through faith alone, to God alone be the glory
Stop Trying And Start Trusting!
1. Trust what Jesus did for you- place your faith in Him
2. Keep trusting what Jesus did for you- live for Him
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