For Whom Did Christ Die? – An Answer to the Doctrine of Limited Atonement – Mt. 26:28 (sermon audio)

In this evening lesson, we continue examining the five core doctrines of Calvinism, focusing on the third part of the TULIP acronym, Limited Atonement.  Through this lesson, we hope to demonstrate that Christ died to give all people the opportunity to be saved, and to teach anything different robs the gospel of it’s power to save (Rom. 1:16)

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The Promise of Atonement – Hebrews 9-10; Leviticus 16

Perhaps no day on the Jewish calendar was more important that the Day of Atonement.  It was a day which the book of Leviticus centers around.  And yet, it was not sufficient to fully take care of mankind’s sin problem.  That’s why Christ came, to be our sacrifice.  The Lamb of God came to take away the sin of the world.

Our Wonderful Savior – Gal. 4:4-5

 “A Wonderful Savior is Jesus My Lord.” So begins a favorite song about the Christ who died for each and every one of us.  At a time when many are mindful of the birth of Christ, we take some time to study about the wonderful Christ who gave himself for us, who rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is coming again.

A Prayer for the Bride of Christ – Eph. 3:14-21 (sermon audio)

“Pray without ceasing.” That is what Paul had written in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.  Not only did he write it, he lived it, and we see that come out throughout his letters.  There are many times that Paul records specific things for which he is praying.  In Eph. 3:14-21, we notice three specific things that Paul prayed for.  Join us as we study God’s Word Together.

Podcast Special: Why Bethlehem Matters

This past Sunday at the Orangeburg church of Christ, we talked about Christmas.  I know that there are many different beliefs regarding the Christmas season, but however one views this time of year, that does not change the importance of what happened in the small town of Bethlehem about 2000 years ago.  Bethlehem matters.  What happened there matters because it was what was Prophesied, because of the Person that was born there, because of the Purpose for which he was born, and because of the Promise that has been given to those who believe in him, eternal life.  I hope that at this time of year, you will use the unique opportunity that Christians have to teach people that whole truth about Jesus the Christ.

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Hoping that after the new year I will be able to return to recording at least one podcast a week.  Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Prophet, Priest, and King (Hebrews 1:1-3)

When we talk about Jesus we have a number of titles that are given to him.  Prince of Peace, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, The Great Physician, and The Good Shepherd are just a few of the names that refer to our Lord.

All of those make sense to us.  Another one that we know well is Messiah. But what does that word mean?  The word Messiah (from the Hebrew mashiach) and its Greek counterpart (Christos from which we get the word Christ) literally means, “Anointed one.”  It was used to refer to those under the Law of Moses who had been anointed with oil (usually having it poured over his head) in order to serve in a particular way within the nation of Israel.

There are examples in the Old Testament of anointed being down in three specific instances.  Kings were anointed (1 Samuel 15:1).  Priests were anointed (Exodus 30:30).  And we also read of a command for a prophet to be anointed (1 Kings 19:16).

In Hebrews 1:1-3, we have a description of Jesus that describes him in all three of these roles. The Hebrew writer says:

 [1] Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, [2] but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. [3] He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Hebrews 1:1-3 ESV)

God spoke through the prophets of the Old Testament in many ways, but in the last days he speaks through his Son, making Jesus a prophet. 

The priests under the Law of Moses were charged with offering animal sacrifices in order to make atonement for the sins of the people.  Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice, once and for all making purification from sin, something the blood of bulls and goats could not do (Heb. 10:4), so Jesus is a priest of the highest order.

After making purification for sins, Jesus sat down at the right hand of God to reign for eternity.  He is a king, and his kingdom is his church.

Jesus is the Messiah; he is the Christ, the anointed one.  He is prophet, priest, and king, and his way is better than all other ways, because only his way leads to the Father (John 14:6).