· The Lord Jesus Christ to be the only Savior of all men
· Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit
· Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary
· Jesus is very (fully) God and very (fully) man
· Jesus died for our sins
· Jesus was buried
· Jesus rose again according to the Scriptures.
· Jesus personally appeared in His new body to His disciples before ascending to His seat at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens.
· Jesus' finished work (His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension) reversed the curse concerning the spirit, soul, and body of the first man Adam.
· Jesus is the only Way to the Father, the only valid Door and entry into the realm of Spirit
· “He shall bruise your head”
Genesis 3:15 (English Standard Version)
put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel."
· “Call his name Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14 (English Standard Version)
14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
· “God with us”
Matthew 1:18-25 (English Standard Version)
The Birth of Jesus Christ
the birth of Jesus
Christ took place in this way.
When his mother Mary had been betrothed to
Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with
child from the Holy Spirit. 19And
her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put
her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But
as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the
Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son
of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that
which is conceived in her is from
the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a
son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save
his people from their sins." 22 All this
took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the
23 "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). 24When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
· “The Door” John 10:1 (English Standard Version)
I Am the Good Shepherd
truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold
by the door but climbs
in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.
· “I am the door”
John 10:7 (English Standard Version)
7So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
· “I am
· the way,
· the truth,
· the life”
John 14:6 (English Standard Version)
6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
· “No other name”
Acts 4:10-12 (English Standard Version)
10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.12And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
· “First Importance”
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (English Standard Version)
3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
· “Christ redeemed us”
Galatians 3:13-14 (English Standard Version)
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree"— 14so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
· “Manifested, Vindicated, Seen, Proclaimed, Believed, Taken Up In Glory”
1 Timothy 3:16 (English Standard Version)
indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.
· “A Great High Priest”
Hebrews 4:14-16 (English Standard Version)
Jesus the Great High Priest
then we have a great
high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the
Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15For we do not have a high priest who is
unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in
every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the
throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace
to help in time of need.
· “Christ Has Obtained A Ministry”
Hebrews 8:1-6 (English Standard Version)
Jesus, High Priest of a Better Covenant
the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a
high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the
throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2a minister in
the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord
set up, not man. 3For every high priest is
appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is
necessary for this priest also to have something to offer.
4Now if he were on earth, he would not be a
priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts
according to the law. 5They serve a copy and
shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to
erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, "See
that you make everything according to the pattern that was
shown you on the mountain." 6But as it is,
Christ has obtained a ministry
that is as much more excellent than the old as
the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on
· “He Sat Down” Hebrews 10:12-13 (English Standard Version)
when Christ had offered
for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he
sat down at the right hand of God, 13waiting
from that time until his enemies
should be made a footstool for his feet.
Pastor Rev. Stephen Coates