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					Good News Seminar

 The Bible Contains Good
    News for Modern

 Bob Marshall & Dick Ady
            Bad News
•   US Heat Wave-summer 1995
•   Medical Tragedies
•   Mothers Killing their Babies
•   Unemployment in the Philippines
•   Health Problems & Hunger
•   Wars, Revolutions, Population Crisis
•   Government Waste
•   Abortion
•   Ebola Virus

• Spiritual Tragedies
     The Good News

• "Gospel" (Greek "euangelion")
  Means "Good News."
• The Message about Jesus is
  Good News!
• Reconciliation with God.
• Joy, Joy, Joy!
    God's Blessings
•   Bad News Helps Us Appreciate
    Good News. Imagine:
     •A bullet misses your head.
     •You are cured of cancer.
     •A truck misses you on a bridge.
•   Biblical Examples:
•   The woman with a back deformity
    "rejoiced at all the glorious things that
    were done by him [Jesus]" (Luke
•   Paul was amazed and said, "the grace
    of our Lord overflowed for me"
    (1 Timothy 1:14).
        God's Blessings
We Can Be Rescued from Sin

• Romans 3: 23:"All have
  sinned and fall short of the
  glory of God.”

• Romans 3:26: " The wages of
  sin is death, but the gift of
  God is eternal life in Christ
  Jesus our Lord.”
The Bible Pictures Sin
          as . . .
• Gangrene - (2 Timothy 2:17).

• Death - "You were dead through
  your trespasses and sins" (Ephesians

• Blindness - (John 9:39-41).

• Slavery - "You are slaves of the one
  whom you obey, either of sin, which
  leads to death, or of obedience, which
  leads to righteousness" (Romans
     The Bible Pictures Sin
             as . . .

•   Prostitution (Revelation 17:1-6)

•   Heart-disease "For from within, out
    of the heart of man, come evil
    thoughts, fornication, theft, murder,
    adultery, coveting, wickedness,
    deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander,
    pride, foolishness (Mark 7:21-22).

•   Defilement "Let us cleanse
    ourselves of every defilement of
    body and spirit, and make holiness
    perfect in the fear of God" (2
    Corinthians 7:1).
 The Amazing Grace of

• "Grace" is mentioned 150
   times in the New Testament.

• Words are not adequate to describe
  it. Paul exhausts his vocabulary:

   "Thanks be to God for his
   unspeakable gift"
   (2 Corinthians 9:15).
        Grace is Rich
•   "God is rich in mercy" (Ephesians

•   "In Christ "God has blessed us with
    "every spiritual blessing according to
    the riches of his grace which he has
    lavished upon us"
    (Ephesians 1:3, 7-8).

•   "To me ... this grace was given, to
    preach to the Gentiles the
    unsearchable riches of Christ"
    (Ephesians 3:8).
       Grace…is Rich
•   God extends his grace to us in times
    of trouble. Paul had a thorn. God said
    to him, "My grace is sufficient for you" (2
    Corinthians 12:8-10).

•   Paul said that we are able to give
    liberally because we have confidence in
    "the surpassing grace of God"
    (2 Corinthians 9:8-14).
The grace of God is even more
 amazing when we consider
  where and what we were.

• "While we were still weak, at the right time
  Christ died for the ungodly. But God shows
  his love for us in that while we were yet
  sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6,8).
• "While we were enemies, we were reconciled
  to God by the death of his Son" (Romans 5:10).
• "And you he made alive, when you were dead
  through the trespasses and sins in which you
  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" (Ephesians 2:1-2).
• "But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great
  love with which he loved us, even when we
  were dead through our trespasses, made us
  alive together with Christ.”
   (Ephesians 2:4-5).
What Has God Done for
 • He has "blessed us in Christ with every
   spiritual blessing in the heavenly
   places” (Ephesians 1:3).
 • "In him we have redemption through his
   blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses"
   (Ephesians 1:7).
 • "In his divine power, "God "has granted us
   everything pertaining to life and
   godliness" (2 Peter 1:3).
 • He is the source of comfort, hope, and
   consolation" John 14:1-6).
 • He came that we might have life, and have
   it abundantly (John 10:10). That is, life
   that is filled with value, purpose, and
  "Meaninglessness" is a serious
   problem in the modern world.
      It Is Possible to Have
        Everything and to
      End Up with Nothing
•   The story of Homer & Langley
•   Paul's warning: "As for the rich in this
    world, charge them not to be haughty,
    nor to set their hopes on uncertain
    riches, but on God who richly
    furnishes us with everything to enjoy”
    (1 Timothy 6:17).
•   "They [the rich] are to do good, to be
    rich in good deeds, liberal and
    generous, thus laying up for themselves
    a good foundation for the future, so
    that they may take hold of life which
    is life indeed" (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
       End Up with Nothing
• Jesus' Parable of the Sower
  (Matthew 13:3-9; 18-23). Some people
  hear the Good News and receive it with
  joy, then fall away.
• The Story of the Pennsylvania
  Farmer: He grew tired of watering his
  cattle from a slimy creek near Titusville,
  PA. Sold his farm for $833 and moved to
  Canada to work in the oil fields. Oil was
  discovered in Titusville. Within 10 years,
  the oil income in Titusville was
  $100,000,000. By 1900, it reached
  $1,000,000,000. The farmer searched for
  something right under his feet.
• William Randolph Hearst searched
  for a valuable piece of art and found it in
  his own collection. He searched for
  something what was right under his nose.
End Up with Nothing?
I. Reconciliation: From to friends.
a. Broken relationships are painful
b. The restoration of a broken relationship
   with God is the essence of Christianity.
   (1) The parable of the Lost Son. (Luke
   15: 11-31).
   (2) Man was made for fellowship with
   God, but because of sin, became God's
   enemy. Paul says, "God shows his love
   for us in that while we were yet sinners,
   Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
   "...while we were enemies, we were
   reconciled to God by the death of his Son"
   (Romans. 5:10).
   (3) The good news is: Enemies can
  become good friends.
c. The Greek word for "reconciliation" is
   "katallasso" which, in N.T. times, meant a
   change of enmity into friendship.
   (1) This word was used by Paul in five
   passages of scripture: (Romans 5:10-11;
   11:15; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians
   2:14-17; Colossians 1:19-22).
   (2) In 2 Corinthians. 5:18-20, Paul says that
   God, through Christ, reconciled us to
   himself...that is, in Christ, God was
   reconciling the world to himself, not
   counting their trespasses against them."
   (a) Paul explains how God reconciled us to
   himself: "For our sake, he [God} made him
   to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we
   might become the righteousness of god: (2
   Corinthians. 5:21). God put our sins on
(b) By "sending his own son in the likeness
of sinful flesh, "God “condemned sin in the
flesh, in order that the just requirement of the
law might be fulfilled in us" (Romans 8:3-4).
(3) This peace offering brought peace to
heaven and earth: "Through Christ, God
was happy to bring all things back to himself
again-things on earth and things in heaven.
God made peace by using Christ’s blood
(death) on the cross. At one time, you were
separated from God. You were God's
enemies in your minds, because of evil things
you did were against God. But now, Christ
has made you God's friends again. Christ ...
brings you before God as people who are
holy, with no wrong in you, and with nothing
that God can judge you guilty of. Christ will
[continue to] do this if you continue to
believe in the Good News" (Colossians 1:20-
23a). ETR Version.
(4) This peace offering even brought peace
between people and other people: "The Jews
and the non-Jews were separated like there
was a wall between them. They hated each
other. But, Christ broke down that wall of
hate by giving his own body. “... through the
cross, Christ ended the hate between the two

And after the two groups became
one body, Christ wanted to bring
them both back to God. Christ did
this with his death on the cross."
(Ephesians 2:14).

Three points stand out in the

 (1) Reconciliation between God and man
 was brought about by the death of

 (2) Man is reconciled to God, not God
 to man. God didn't leave man. Man,
 through his sin, left God.

 (3) Reconciliation was brought about by
 what God did, not by what we did.
Redemption: Paying the price for
a. In ancient times, a "ransom" was the
   price paid to secure the release of a slave
   or a prisoner of war.

b. This term is used by Jesus to describe the
   purpose of his coming and his death: "For
   the Son of man also came not to be
   served, but to serve, and to give his life as
   a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).
   (1) Jesus gave his life in order to set us
   free from bondage to sin and Satan.
   (2) He died that we might live.

c. Paul says to the Christians in Corinth, "He
   [God] has delivered us from the dominion
   of darkness and transferred us to the
   kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we
   have redemption, the forgiveness of
   sins" (Colossians. 1:13-14)

d. The writer of Hebrews says that Christ
   "entered once for all into the Holy Place,
   taking ... his own blood, thus securing an
   eternal redemption" (Hebrews 9:12).

e. We were slaves of sin trapped in the
   Enemy's prison. But, Christ paid the
   price that set us free from Satan's
   dominion forever. That's Good News!
3. Justification: Pronounced, "Not
   guilty." Acquittal.
a. The term "justification" comes from the
   language of law courts.

b. Paul uses it to describe what Christ has
   done for us.
   (1) "Since all have sinned and fall short
   of the glory of God, they are justified by
   his grace as a gift, … he justifies him who
   has faith in Jesus" (Romans 3:23, 24, 26).
   (2) In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul
   describes people engaging in all kinds of
   sinful activity. Then, he says, "And such
   were some of you. But, you were washed,
   you were sanctified, you were justified in
   the name of the Lord Jesus Christ..."
   (I Corinthians 6:11).

c. A modern illustration of justification.

d. Justification makes us right with God,
   saves us from the past, gives us access to
   god in the present, and secures our future.
   (1) Paul asks, "Who will bring any charge
   [future of 'egkaleo'] against those whom
   God has chosen? It is God who justifies
   [present]. Who is he that condemns?
   [present and future] Christ Jesus, who died,
   more than that, who was raised to life is at
   the right hand of God and is also
   interceding for us? Who shall separate us
   from the love of Christ?"
   (Romans 8:32-35).
   (2) The answer comes back, nothing will
   be able to separate us from the love of God
   in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39).
4. Salvation.
a. In the secular realm, the word "salvation" is
   used with reference to rescuing someone or
   something from danger and/or destruction.
   Example: Edmund Hillary was saved by his
   guide Tenzing Norgay.
b. In the Bible, "salvation" is used with
   reference to our deliverance from spiritual
   death - eternal separation from God. It is
   being saved from our sins.
   (1) The angel of the Lord told Joseph that
   Mary would bear a son, "and you shall call
   his name Jesus, for he will save his people
   from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).
   (2) Peter said, "There is salvation in no one
   else, for here is no other name under heaven
   given among men by which we must be
   saved" (Acts 4:13). Saved from spiritual

    The good news is:
•   God has given us Salvation
•   Safety,
•   Victory,
•   Deliverance, and
•   Liberation

     through Jesus Christ
          our Lord.

1. Is a person, a member of the Godhead.
   a. Personal pronouns are used with
      reference to him. Example: "He will
      teach you all things" (John 14:26).

  b. He is eternal. (Hebrews 9:14).

  c. He is everywhere. (Psalm 139:7-12).

  d. He knows everything.
     (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).

  e. He has emotions. "Do not grieve the
     Holy Spirit of God"
     (Ephesians 4:30).
2. What he did:
   a. He took part in the creation
      (Genesis 1:2).

  b. He inspired men to write the
     Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Pet.

  c. He inspired men and women to
     speak for God as prophets and
      prophetesses (Acts 13:10-11;

  d. He gave some the power to work
  (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
  (1 Corinthians 13:8-10).
1. Pentecost: 2 Commands,
  2 Promises
  a. Commands: "Repent" and "Be

  b. Promises: "Forgiveness of sins"
     and "the gift of the Holy Spirit."
     (Acts 2:38-39).

  c. These promises are universal.

  d. These gifts are made possible at
     great cost - by the death of
 . . .helps us become like Jesus.

2. The Holy Spirit helps us become
   like Jesus.

  a. "God decided that those [his] people
     would be like his Son (Jesus).
     Then, Jesus would be the firstborn of
     many brothers and sisters. God
     planned for those people to be like his
     Son" (Romans 8:29-30). ETR

  b. An impossible assignment - unless we
     get help from God.

    We have a Helper!
. . .helps us become like Jesus.

c. Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as
   "the Helper" (Greek, "parakletos”)

  Meaning ”One who stands beside
  another as an advocate, counselor,
  comforter, exhorter, and helper).

  (See John 14:15-17; 14:25-26; 16:7-
  11, 12-15).
     . . .dwells in us

d. Paul says that the Holy Spirit "dwells
  in us. "
  (1) "But, you are not in the flesh,
  you are in the spirit, if in fact the Spirit
  of God dwells in you. Any one who
  does not have the spirit of Christ does
  not belong to him" (Romans 8:9).
  The Spirit lives in Christians.

  (2) "Do you not know that you are
  God's temple and that God's Spirit
  dwells in you" (1 Corinthians 3:16).
      "dwells in & leads us "
(3)."Do you not know that your body is
the temple of the Holy Spirit within
you, which you have from God?"
(1 Corinthians 6:19).

e. The Spirit leads us and walks
   beside us.
   (1)"Walk by the Spirit, and do not
   gratify the desires of the flesh. ... But, if
   you are led by the Spirit, you are not
   under the law" (Galatians 5:16,18).

   (2) "If we live by the Spirit, let us
   also walk by the Spirit"
   (Galatians 5:25).
       "dwells in & leads us "

f. The Spirit bears spiritual fruit in
   our lives: "But, the fruit of the Spirit
   is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
   goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-
   control" (Galatians 5:22-23).

  Paul adds, "God's love has been poured
  into our hearts through the Holy
  Spirit which has been given to us"
  (Romans 5:5).
          "dwells in us "
g. The Spirit is helping us become
   like Jesus Christ, that is, like God.
   (1) Jesus Christ "is the image
   [likeness] of the invisible God"
   (Colossians 1:15). "He reflects the
   glory of God and bears the very
   stamp of his nature" (Hebrews 1:3).
   (2) "And we all, ... beholding the
   glory of the Lord, are being changed
   into his likeness from one degree of
   glory to another; for this comes from
   the Lord who is the Spirit"
   (2 Corinthians 3:18).
   (3) The Holy Spirit is a person ... a
   divine being who lives and works
   within us, changing us into the
   likeness of God.
    supplements us

3. The Spirit help us but does not
   override our personality.

  a. He supplements us but does not
     replace us.

  b. He penetrates our life, lives in
     our heart, and influences us at the
     deepest level, but he doesn't
     overpower us.
     (1) He functions in us like
     power steering functions in a
     (2) He is not coercive. He helps
4. When we are baptized into Christ, we
   arise to "walk in newness of life"
   (Romans 6:4).
   a. Our old sinful self is "crucified with
   him so that the sinful body might be
   destroyed, and we might no longer be
   enslaved to sin" (Romans 6:6).

  b. We are "made free from sin's
  control" (Romans 6:7). ETR

  c. But, being baptized does not deliver
  us from all contact with sin. It plunges us
  into a conflict with sin.

  d. A life-and-death struggle.
e. Paul's three imperatives:
   (1) "Don't let sin control you"
   (Romans 6:12). ETR

  (2) "Do not yield your members to sin
  as instruments of wickedness". (Romans
  6:13a). A military term. It is translated
  "weapons" in 2 Corinthians 10:4 where
  Paul describes the war that we are fighting
  against the forces of evil: "For the
  weapons of our warfare are not worldly.”

  (3) "But, yield yourselves ... to God
  ... and your members to God as
  instruments of righteousness" (Romans
  6:13b). We must cooperate.

    But how?

    How can we
    conquer sin?

5. We can't conquer sin by our own power.
   a. Everyone who has tried to do so has
   b. Paul said, "I do not understand my own
       actions. For I do not do what I want,
       but I do the very thing I hate"
       (Romans 7:15).
   c. Paul uses personal pronouns 32
       times in Romans 7.
   d. Finally, Paul cries out, "Wretched
       man that I am! Who will deliver me
       from this body of death?" (v.24).

6. Paul answers his own question:
   a. "Who will deliver me?" God will,
      "through Jesus Christ our Lord"
      (Romans 7:25). Victory is ours!

  b.   "There is therefore now no
       condemnation for those who are in
       Christ Jesus ... who walk according
       to the Spirit" (Romans 8:1, 4b).

c. We have victory in Christ because
   the Spirit of God is living in us and
   helping us 24 hours a day.

   (1) The "Spirit" is mentioned 17
   times in Romans 8. What does he do?

   (2) He helps us conquer sin: "If by
   the Spirit you put to death the deeds
   of the body, you will live" (Romans
 (3) He give us inner strength. He
 strengthens us "with might through his
 Spirit in the inner man" (Ephesians
 3:16). Ben Alexander.

 (4) He leads us: "For all who are led
 by the Spirit of God are sons of
 God" (Romans 8:14).

 (5) He bears witness with our spirit
 "that we are the children of God"
 (Romans 8:16). (See Galatians 4:6).

 (6) He "helps us in our weakness"
 (Romans 8:26).

 (a) "We do not know how to pray as
 we ought,”

 (b) "but, the Spirit himself intercedes
 for us with sighs too deep for words"
 (Romans 8:26b).

 (c) "The Spirit intercedes for the
 saints" (Romans 8:27)

7.   Consequently (because the Spirit is
     helping us):

     a. "We know that in everything
     God works for good with those
     who love him, who are called
     according to his purpose"
     (Romans 8:28).   My Golden Text.
     b.  Nothing and no one can
     separate us from the love of God
     in Christ. (See Romans 8:35-39).

8. The Holy Spirit marks us as God's
   people and guarantees our
   a. God "puts the Spirit in our hearts to
   be a guarantee - a proof that he will
   give us what he promised" (2
   Corinthians 1:22).

   b. We were "sealed with the Holy
   Spirit which is the guarantee of our
   inheritance until we acquire possession
   of it, to the praise of his glory"
   (Ephesians 1:13-14).
 1. There is no sin in today's
    world that God will not

   a. Only one unforgivable sin
      is mentioned in the Bible
      (Matthew 11:22-23).
      Blasphemy against the H.S.

   b. Aside from this exceptional sin,
      we can bring any sin to God
      for forgiveness.
 c. Paul told the Corinthian Christians
    that some of them had been
    "immoral," "idolaters,"
    "adulterers," "sexual perverts,"
    "thieves," "greedy," "drunkards,"
    "revilers," and "robbers."
    (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

  Yet, all of them had been
 d.On Pentecost Sunday, Peter offered
    forgiveness to those who had
    killed Jesus.
e. The book of Acts shows people from
   every kind of background being

    (1) Samaritan (Acts 8).

    (2) Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8).

    (3) Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9).

    (4) A Roman soldier, Cornelius
        (Acts 10)
    (5) A Philippian jailer (Acts 16).

2. God's grace is

   larger than
   our capacity to sin.

a. There are
   9 words for sin
   in the N.T.
b. But the are also many words that suggest
   (1) Rescue (Matthew 1:21).
   (2) Cleansing (Acts 22:16).
   (3) Not putting sin on our account
   (Romans 4:8): An accounting term. "Blessed is
   the man against whom the Lord will not
   reckon his sin."
   (4) Release, like releasing a slave (Romans
   6:22): "You have been set free from sin."
   (5) Drawing a veil over our sins: "Blessed
   are those whose...sins are covered"
   (Romans 4:7).
   (6) Wiping out our sins: "Repent therefore, and
   turn again, that your sins may be blotted out"
   (Acts 3:19).
   We are Forgiven

(7) Forgetting our sins   forever:
   (a) Isaiah 43:25 "I am He who blots
   out your transgressions … and I
   will not remember your sins.”

   (b) Jeremiah 31:34 "I will remember

   their sin   no more." Our sins.
   (c) See Psalm 103:11-12.

1. Philip of Macedon.

2. Reminders of death:
   funerals, cemeteries

3. Many people avoid the
   subject. Freud.
4.   The Bible does not evade it.
a. Job calls death "the king of terrors"
   (Job 18:14)
b. One reason Jesus came to earth was
   that, through his own death, "he might
   destroy him who has the power of
   death, that is, the devil, and deliver all
   those who through fear of death were
   subject to lifelong bondage" (Hebrews
c. Paul said to the Thessalonians,
   "Brothers, we do not want you to be
   ignorant about those who fall asleep (in
   death), or grieve like the rest of men,
   who have no hope"
   (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
5. Quotations from non-believers:

a. Theognis, the Greek poet who lived in
   the 6th century B.C. "It is best of all
   things for the children of men not
   to be born, nor to see the rays of keen
   sunlight; but if born to pass as soon as
   may be the gates of Hades (death), and to
   lie beneath a vesture of much earth"
   (Elegies, 425).

b. Euripides, the Greek playwright of the
   5th century B.C. "It is better that we
   should call our friends together to
   lament over the newly born, that
   he has come to such a world of sorrows"
c. Bertrand Russell, a brilliant 20th century
   philosopher in England, was as hopeless
   as the ancient Greeks "The life of Man is
   a long march through the night,
   surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by
   weariness and pain."
d. Madame Curie of France wrote in her
   diary, upon the death of her husband "Your
   coffin was closed and I could see you no
   more... We saw you go down into that
   deep, big hole... Everything, everything,
e. Such writings reflect pessimism and
6.   Quotations form
a.   Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight
   of the Lord is he death of his saints."
b. Paul "For me to live is Christ, and to
     die is gain"       (Philippians 1:21).
   "My desire is to depart and be with
   Christ, for that is far better" (Philippians
c. Peter "By his great mercy we have been
     born to a living hope through the
     resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
     dead" (1 Peter 1:3).
d. Catacomb inscriptions

  (1) "Gordian, the courier from Gaul,
  strangled for the faith. Rests in peace.”

  (2) "Alexander is not dead, but lives
  above the stars."

e.   The 1st century world
     was amazed at the joy
     and optimism of
     Christians in the face of
7. The death of death:
a. "...It is appointed for men to die once,
   and after that the judgment" (Hebrews
   9:27). But, death is not final.

b. As Jesus was raised from death, so all
   people who have died will be raised from
   death when he comes: "For the trumpet
   will sound, and the dead will be
   raised imperishable" (1 Corinthians

c. Then it can be said, "Death is swallowed

   up inVictory        "
   (1 Corinthians 15:54b).
      death of death

8. The second death.
a. The Bible speaks of the "second death"
   (Revelations 2:11; 20:6, 14).

b. We have no choice about the first
   death. All must die.

c. But, we can avoid the second death.
      death of death
d. The second death is
   spiritual...eternal separation from

  "They shall suffer the punishment of
  eternal destruction and exclusion from
  the presence of the Lord and from the
  glory of his might" (2 Thessalonians 1:9).

e. If, in this life, we reject Jesus
  Christ, we will die      eternally.

f.   But, the good news
     is: we don't have to
     experience the
     second death.

     Christ is offering us
     eternal life.
1. The NT's word-pictures about
   heaven are attempts to describe
   things we have never seen:
a. "...No eye has seen, nor ear heard,
   nor the heart of man conceived
   what God has prepared for those
   who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
b. Now, God has revealed some of
   these things "to us through the
   (1 Corinthians 2:10a).
c. Some are powerful images with
   strong emotional impact.
2. Jesus said, "Let not your hearts be
   troubled; believe in God, believe also
   in me. In my Father's house are
   many rooms; if it were not so, would
   I have told you that I go to prepare a
   place for you? And, when I go to
   prepare a place for you, I will come
   again and will take you to myself,
   that where I am you may be also"
   (John 14:1-4). Notice:
a. Jesus is going to prepare a place for
b. He is coming back to get us.
c. There are plenty of rooms in his
   Father's house.
                a place
d. In heaven, we will be with God and his
   Son, Jesus, and will have loving
   fellowship with them forever.

e. There, our deepest needs and longings
   will be satisfied.

f. It is a tragedy that people cut
   themselves off from God by trying
   cheap substitutes: drugs, sex, booze.
                 a city
3. A beautiful city.
a. During his life, Abraham lived in
   tents, but he "looked forward to the
   city which has foundations, whose
   builder and maker is God"
   (Hebrews 11:10).
b. Christians also seek the heavenly city.
   "For here we have no lasting city, but
   we seek the city which is to come"
   (Hebrews 13:14).
c. John describes heaven as "the holy
   city, new Jerusalem" with streets of
   pure gold, gates of pearl, and walls
   adorned with precious jewels
   (Revelations 21:1-21).
                   a city
d. But, the most compelling descriptions of
   life in the heavenly city is this: God
   "himself will be with them; he will
   wipe away every tear from their eyes, and
   death shall be no more, neither shall there
   be mourning nor crying nor pain any
   more, for the former things have passed
   away. … There shall no more be anything
   accursed, but the throne of God and of
   the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants
   shall worship him; and they shall see his
   face, and his name shall be on their
   foreheads. And, night shall be no more;
   they need no light of lamp or sun, for the
   Lord God will be their light, and they
   shall reign forever and ever" (Revelations
e.The Good News is:
   God has made it
    possible for us

   (you and me)

     to go there.

1. Baptism is important.
a. Baptism is mentioned or referred
   to more than 100 times in the

b. Jesus walked more than 100
   kilometers to be baptized
   (Matthew 3:13).
2. Baptism is an immersion in
a. The Greek verb "baptizo" (baptize)
   means "to dip, plunge, or submerge.”

b. John baptized people at Aenon
   "because there was much water
   there" (John 3:23).

c. When Philip baptized the Ethiopian
   official, "they both went down into
   the water" and then "they came up
   out of the water" (Acts 8:38-39).

d. Paul calls baptism a burial.
       Paul… immersion

(1) He says, "When we were baptized,
   we were buried with Christ
   and shared his death. We were
   buried with Christ so that we could
   be raised up and live a new life"
   (Romans 6:4) ETR.

(2) Again, Paul say, "When you were
    baptized, your old self died and you
   were buried with      Christ"
   (Colossians 2:12).
         Paul… immersion
e. Historical records indicate that the
    early church baptized people by
    immersing them in water.
(1) Tertullian of Carthage (about A.D. 200)
    wrote, "Baptism itself is a bodily act,
    because we are immersed in water"
    (On Baptism, 7).
(2) Ambrose of Milan (A.D. 340) said,
    "You were asked, 'Do you believe in
    God Almighty?' You said, 'I believe';
    and thus you were immersed. That
    is, you were buried" (On the
    Sacraments III.i.1.2).
(3) John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, and
    other church leaders also describe
    baptism as a burial in water.
(4) The first known case of sprinkling
    for baptism is that of Novation about
    A.D. 251. Novation was apparently
    about to die of a threatening disease, so
    he was sprinkled in bed. Later, when
    he recovered, he was criticized for not
    having been baptized properly.
(5) The first official statement favoring
    the practice of pouring water on the
    head was made in A.D. 753. Pope
    Stephen II was asked if, in a case of
    necessity due to illness, it was lawful to
    baptize by pouring water on the head.
    He replied, "If such a baptism were
    performed, in such a case of necessity, in
    the name of the holy trinity, it should be
    held valid."

(6) In the year 1311, a council in
    Ravenna, Italy (attended by 214
    bishops) declared that
   sprinkling and pouring are as
   good as immersion.

(7) These departures from the N.T.
         slowly that nobody
   came so
   seemed to notice.
      biblical characteristics
3. Baptism is for penitent believers.
a. Teaching comes before baptism.
   Jesus said to his apostles, "Go and make
   disciples (learners) of all nations,
   baptizing them in the name of the Father
   and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
   and teaching them to obey everything I
   have commanded you"
   (Matthew 28:19-20).
b. Faith comes before baptism. Jesus
   said, "Whoever believes and is
   baptized will be saved" (Mark 16:16).
c. Repentance comes before baptism.
   Peter said, "Repent and be baptized,
   every one of you..." (Acts 2:38).

d.There is no
  evidence that babies
  were baptized in
  New Testament
  Baptism was for
  penitent believers.
e. Historical records indicate that baptism
   was for people old enough to believe
   and turn away from sin, not for

(1) Justin Martyr (about A.D. 150) wrote:
    "As many as are persuaded and
    believe that the things taught and said
    by us are true, and promise to … live
    accordingly, these are taught to fast,
    pray, and ask God for the forgiveness
    of past sins, while we pray and fast with
    them. Then, they are led by us to where
    there is water, and ... they are born
    again" (Apology I.61).

(2) Clement of Alexander (about A.D. 200),
    said, "We who have repented of our
    sins, renounced our faults, and are
    purified by baptism run back to the
    eternal light, as children to their
    father" (Instructor

(3) All church leaders until the late 2nd
    century taught that infants are
    innocent and sinless.
(4) The practice of baptizing infants (by
    immersion) evidently began late in
   the 2nd century.

(5) Tertullian (about A.D. 200) argued
    against baptizing infants and small
    children (On Baptism 18).

(6) Origin (about A.D. 250) argued in
    favor of infant immersion on the
    ground that infants are born tainted
    by sin (Homily of Leviticus VIII:3).

(7) In A.D. 418, the Council of Carthage
    ruled in favor of infant baptism.
f. Jesus taught that little children are
   innocent. "Let little children come to
   me. Don't stop them, because the
   kingdom of heaven belongs to
   people who are like these
   children" (Matthew 19:14).

g. Paul said he was spiritually alive
   (innocent) as a child. Then sin
   came into his life, and he died
   (Romans 7:9-10).

h. Infants were not baptized in the
   early church because baptism is for
   the forgiveness of sins.
        biblical purpose
4. Baptism is for the forgiveness
   of sins.
a. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter said,
   "Repent and be baptized, every
   one of you, in the name of Jesus
   Christ for the forgiveness of
   your sins" (Acts 2:38).
b. Ananias said to Saul, "And now
   what are you waiting for? Get up,
   be baptized and wash your sins
   away, calling on his name" (Acts
               biblical plea
c. And that is the question I leave with
   you this evening.

(1) If you are old enough to understand the
    Good News,

(2) to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of

(3) and to turn away from sin in

(4)   Jesus is calling you, inviting you
      to come and be his follower today. Be
      baptized for the forgiveness of
      your sins.
1. The Bible is unique in it's

a. Eternal "The word of our God will
   stand forever" (Isaiah 40:8).

b. Inspired - God breathed - "All
   scripture is inspired by God"
   (2 Timothy 3:16).

c. Truth "Thy word is truth"
   (John 17:17).
            THE BIBLE
2. The Bible is unique in the way it was
a. Over a time-span of 1,500 years.
b. By 40 human writers who came from
   diverse backgrounds:
      (1)  Samuel was a judge
      (2)  Amos, a sheep breeder
      (3)  Ezra, a priest
      (4)  Nehemiah, a statesman
      (5)  David, a poet and King
      (6)  Matthew, a tax collector
      (7)  Luke, a physician
      (8)  Peter, James and John were
           fishermen, and
      (9) Paul was a tentmaker
      (10) Some were educated, and others were
Yet, their writings form one united book,
                 the Bible.
          THE BIBLE

3. The Bible is unique in its

a. Men have tried to ban it and
   destroy it, but without success.

b. Voltaire in France.

c. Enver Hoxha in Albania.

d.   Today -
      the world's best seller.
         THE BIBLE

4. It is unique in accurately
   predicting the future.
   a. Isaiah 13:19-22 - Babylon

   b. Ezekiel 26:3-5 - Tyre

5. It is unique in its historical
   a. Historians have challenged the
   Bible, but archaeology has
   vindicated it.

   b. For example, Belshazzar
   (Daniel 5) Vs. Nabonidus.
           THE BIBLE

6. Unique in its scientific accuracy.

   a. Isaiah speaks of "the circle of
   the earth" (Isaiah 40:22).

   b. David writes of "the paths of
   the seas" (Psalm 8:8).

   c. Job says that God "stretches
   out the north over the void, and
   hangs the earth upon nothing"
   (Job 26:7).
           THE BIBLE

7. The Bible is unique in its effect
   upon people.

   a. No other book has so profoundly
   influenced the culture and
   history of the world.

   b. No other book has changed so
   many lives, building character
   and producing hope, joy and
              THE BIBLE
1. The Old Testament writers said
   they were speaking the Word of God.
   "Thus says the Lord," or something
   similar, is found more than 2,000 times
   in the O.T.

2. Jesus Christ regarded the Scriptures
   as the Word of God (Matthew 5:18;
   John 10:35).

3. The apostles regarded the Scriptures
   as the inspired Word of God
   (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

4. Fulfilled prophecy demonstrates that
   the Bible is the Word of God.
         WE BELIEVE
             THE BIBLE

5. Archaeology confirms the accuracy
   of the Scriptures.

6. Human experience proves the Bible
   is the inspired Word of God.

   a. Its promises    are fulfilled

   b.   It works in human experience.
           THE BIBLE

PSALMS 19:7-11
1. The Word of God is
   a. Perfect - without error,
   b. Trustworthy - reliable, doesn't
   c. Right - straight, not crooked
   d. Radiant - gives light,
   e. Pure, enduring forever - not
   f. Sure and altogether righteous
   g. More precious than gold -
   h. Sweeter than honey.
          THE BIBLE

2.   Benefits received from
     God's Word:
     a. Reviving the soul - from sin,
     b. Making wise he simple
     c. Giving joy to the heart -
     d. Giving light to the eyes.
     e. By them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great
1. He will be a male descendant of Eve:
   God said to the serpent (Satan), "I will
   put enmity between you and the
   woman, and between your seed and
   her seed; he shall bruise [crush] your
   head, and you shall bruise his heal"
   (Genesis 3:15).

2. He will be a descendant of Abraham:
   God said to Abraham, "through your
   offspring, all nations on earth will be
   blessed" (Genesis 22:18).

3. He will be a descendant of Isaac:
   God said to Isaac, "Through your
   offspring, all nations on earth will be
   blessed" (Genesis 26:4).
4. He will be a descendant of Jacob:
   "All peoples on earth will be blessed
   through you and your offspring"
   (Genesis 28:14).

5. A descendant of Judah.
   "Men from Judah's family will be
   kings. The sign that his family rules
   will not leave his family before the
   real king comes"
   (Genesis 49:10) ETR.
6. He will be a prophet like Moses.
   God said to Moses, "I will raise up
   for them a prophet like you from
   among their brothers; I will put my
   words in his mouth, and he will tell
   them everything I command him"
   (Deuteronomy 18:18).

7. A descendant of Jesse. "A shoot will
   come up from the stump of Jesse;
   from his roots a Branch will bear
   fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will
   rest on him" (Isaiah 11:1-2)

8. He is the source (root) of Jesse. "In
   that day the root of Jesse will stand
   as a banner for the people" (Isaiah
SOMEONE is Coming


9. A descendant of David who will sit on
   David's throne. Nathan said to

    "Your house and your kingdom will
   endure forever before me; your
   throne will be established forever" (2
   Samuel 7:16).

10.Born of a virgin, and called
   "Immanuel," meaning "God with

   "Therefore, the Lord himself will
   give you a sign: The virgin will be
   with child and will give birth to a
   son, and will call him Immanuel"
   (Isaiah 7:14).
SOMEONE is Coming


            MY LORD

SOMEONE is Coming
11. He will be born in Bethlehem.
    "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the
    clans of Judah, out of you will
    come for me one who will be ruler
    over Israel, whose origins are from
    of old, from ancient times" (Micah

12. He will be David's Lord. David
    said, "The Lord said to my Lord:
    'Sit at my right hand until I make
    your enemies a footstool for your
    feet" (Psalm 110:1).
SOMEONE is Coming
13. He will reign on David's throne
    forever. "For to us a child is born, to
    us a son is given. ... And he will be
    called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty
    God, Everlasting Father, Prince of
    Peace. ... He will rule on David's
    throne and over his kingdom,
    establishing and upholding it with
    justice and righteousness from that
    time on and forever" (Isaiah 9:6-7).

14. He will enter Jerusalem as a king,
    riding on a donkey. "Rejoice greatly,
    O Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your
    king comes to you, righteous and
    having salvation, gentle and riding on
    a donkey" (Zechariah 9:9).
SOMEONE is Coming
15. He will be betrayed by a friend.
    "Even my close friend, whom I
    trusted, he who shared my bread,
    has lifted up his heel against me"
    (Psalm 41:9).

16. He will be betrayed for 30 pieces
    of silver. "So they paid me thirty
    pieces of silver" (Zechariah 11:12).
SOMEONE is Coming
17. He will die for the sins of others.
    "He was pierced for our
    transgressions, he was crushed for
    our iniquities; the punishment that
    brought us peace was upon him, and
    by his wounds we were healed. ...
    The Lord has laid on him the
    iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:5-6).

18. He will die by crucifixion. "They
    have pierced my hands and my feet"
    (Psalm 22:16).
SOMEONE is Coming

19. He will be offered gall and
    vinegar. "They put gall in my food
    and gave me vinegar for my thirst"
    (Psalm 69:21).

20. They will cast lots for his
    clothing. "They divide my
    garments among them and cast lots
    for my clothing" (Psalm 22:18).

21. His bones will not be broken.
    "He protects all his bones, not one of
    them will be broken" (Psalm 34:20).
SOMEONE is Coming
22. He will be buried with the
    wicked and the rich. "For he
    was cut off from the land of the
    living; for the transgression of my
    people he was stricken. He was
    assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death"
    (Isaiah 53:8-9).

23. He will be raised from death
    before his body decays. "You will
    not abandon me in the grave, nor
    will you let your holy one see decay.
    (Psalm 16:10).
SOMEONE is Coming
24. He will ascend to the Ancient of
   Days and be given dominion
   over an everlasting kingdom.
   "Behold, with the clouds of heaven
   there came one like a son of man,
   and he came to the Ancient of Days
   and was presented before him. And
   to him was given dominion and
   glory and kingdom that all peoples,
   nations, and languages should serve
   him; his dominion is an everlasting
   dominion, which shall not pass
   away, and his kingdom one that
   shall not be destroyed"
   (Daniel 7:13-14).
A King is coming.

He will be . . .
1. A male descendant of Eve.
2. A descendant of Abraham.
3. A descendant of Isaac.
4. A descendant of Jacob.
5. A descendant of Judah.
6. A prophet like Moses.
7. A descendant of Jesse.
8. The source of Jesse.
9. A descendant of David.
10.The Lord of David.
11. Born of a virgin.
    A King is coming.
12. Born in Bethlehem.
13. Reign on David's throne forever.
14. Enter Jerusalem on a donkey.
15. Be betrayed by a friend.
16. For 30 pieces of silver.
17. Die for the sins of others.
18. Die by crucifixion.
19. Be offered ball and vinegar.
20. People will cast lots for his clothing.
21. His bones will not be broken.
22. He will make his grave with the
    wicked and with the rich.
23. He will be raised from death.
24. He will ascend into heaven to rule
    over an everlasting kingdom.

1. All authority ultimately rests in
   a. As the Creator of the universe,
   God has the right to command his
   creation, because he owns it.

   (1) If you own a piece of property,
   buy some lumber, and build a house
   on it, whose house is it?

   (2) If you buy some writing paper
   and a pen and write a poem, whose
   poem is it?

b. God says, "Every beast of the forest is
   mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.     I
   know all the birds of the air, and all
   that moves in the field is mine"
   (Psalm 50:10-11).

   c. David prayed, "Everything in
   heaven and earth belong      to you,
   God.   You made the world and
   everything in it" (Psalm 89:11). ETR
d. God spoke with authority in Old
   Testament times.
   (1) Moses said to the Israelites, "You
   shall be careful to do, therefore, as the
   Lord you God has commanded you;
   you shall not turn aside to the right
   hand or to the left" (Deuteronomy
   5:32). (See 4:2).

   (2) God said, "Everything that I
   command you, you shall be careful to
   do; you shall not add to it or take from
   it" (Deuteronomy 18:32).

   (3) When Nadab and Abihu disobeyed
   God by offering strange fire on the
   alter, God sent fire from heaven and
   consumed them. (Leviticus 10:1-2).
2. In New Testament times, God
   transferred all his authority to
   his Son, Jesus Christ.
   a. Jesus said, "All authority in
   heaven and earth has been given to
   me" (Matthew 28:18).

   b. The writer of Hebrews said, "In
   the past, God spoke to our forefathers
   through the prophets at many times
   and in various ways, but in these
   last days he has spoken to us by
   his Son ..." (Hebrews 1:1-2).

c. The entire book of Hebrews is
   designed to convince us that Jesus is
   the person through whom God
   speaks today. (See your manual.)

d. Jesus, himself, claimed to speak
   with the authority of God: "For I
   have not spoken on my own
   authority; the Father sent me has
   himself given me commandment what
   to say and what to speak"
   (John 12:49).
e. And Jesus demonstrated the
   authority of God in his actions.
   (1) He cast out demons.
   (Mark 1:21-28).

   (2) He healed people of incurable
   diseases. (Mark 1:40-42).

   (3) He brought dead people back to
   life: "Lazarus; come forth."
   (John 11).

   (4) He even stilled a storm on the Sea
   of Galilee. "Peace; be still"
   (Mark 4:39).

   (5) And he forgave sins (Mark 2:5).

3. Jesus appointed twelve apostles,
   empowered them to perform miracles,
   and commissioned them to be his
   witnesses and representatives.
a. The apostles and a few other inspired
   men wrote the New Testament as they
   were moved by the Holy Spirit.

b. Jesus said to his apostles, "The Holy
   Spirit … will teach you all things and
   will remind you of everything I have
   said to you" (John 14:26). "When the
   Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you
   into all the truth" (John 16:13).

c. So, the writing of the apostles in the
   New Testament are the words of God.
d. The apostles Paul said, "Even if we, or
   an angel from heaven, should preach
   to you a gospel contrary to that which
   we preached to you, let him be
   accursed" (Galatians 1:8).

e. The apostle John warned at the end of
   the New Testament, "I warn everyone
   who hears the words of the prophecy
   of this book: if any one adds to them,
   God will add to him the plagues
   described in this book, and if any one
   takes away from the words of the book
   of this prophecy, God will take away
   his share in the tree of life and in the
   holy city, which are described in this
   book" (Revelations 22:18-19).

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