Jesus=God’s Son

February 29, 2008

“Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'” (Matthew 16:16)

The lesson this Sunday at Studio 10:10 is on Peter’s confession that Jesus is God’s Son. The passage is from Matthew 16:13-20. Some observations from this passage:

1. The world is unclear about who Jesus is v.13-14 – “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Jesus asked. He got a variety of answers. Still today, there are many answers about who Jesus is. Some say he was just a good man, some say he was a teacher, some say he was a prophet. Others say he was a lunatic. Who was Jesus? The world was, and still is, unclear about who He is.

2. Jesus and his followers are clear about who Jesus is. v.15-17 – Peter’s answer that Jesus was the Messiah and the son of God was approved by Jesus. Jesus believed that he was the Messiah and the Son of God. I agree with Jesus.

3. Jesus is clear about what the church is v.18-20 – Jesus states clearly that on Peter’s confession, He will set up his church and not even the gates of Hell can stand against it. God has his plan to reconcile humanity though the church.

Make no mistake about it, Jesus is God’s Son. He said so Himself.

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Kid 2.0

February 28, 2008

Last night we had a special class for children who are considering following Christ and being baptized. We called it Kid 2.0 (based on 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”) I spent about 20 minutes explaining the Gospel in visual form for the children. Parents were also invited and were also present. I fielded some questions from them as well and then we took a little tour.

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I took the nine families into the sanctuary and into the dressing room where one goes to be baptized. I explained how everything went down in this room and then we went up into the baptistry. I let each child walk down the steps and look out into the congregation from the baptistry so that they would get a feel of what it would be like. They all enjoyed it.

After the tour, we went back to the classroom where Dr. Estep spoke for about 20 minutes to the parents about the importance of living your faith in front of your children and bringing them up in a Christian home.

Kid 2.0 was a great success and we will look to have another sometime this summer. It’s always rewarding to see children get excited about coming to faith in Christ.

Studio 10:10

February 26, 2008

This week we are starting our new Sunday morning program for gradeschoolers called Studio 10:10. It is going to be a television studio theme set in the large group environment. After this, they will break up into their small group times where their teachers will reinforce the lesson theme.

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Baptism

February 25, 2008

Click here to see Richard Bisbee’s baptism yesterday. It’s right after “Great is thy Faithfulness” at the beginning. Great job, Richard!

The Holiness of God

February 23, 2008

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Have you ever pondered the holiness of God?

Throughout Scripture, we are given glimpses of the magnitude of God’s holiness. In fact, these glimpses are so magnificent it is hard to imagine what the scene looked like.

For instance, in the book of Exodus after seeing the backside of God’s glory, Moses’ first reaction was to worship. And upon coming down from the mountain the Bible said that his face “shone” as it reflected the backside of God’s glory. Everyone that Moses came into contact with noticed the reflection and apparently it was so noticeable that Moses had to wear a veil over his face. He did this every time he met with God. God allowed Him to get a glimpse of the back of his glory during these conversations.

Why just the backside? Because God’s face, or his full glory, would have killed Moses. That’s how holy God is. He is so holy, and we are so unholy, that one look at his full glory will kill us. Why? One look at him would kills us because He cannot allow sin to exist in his presence because he is the definition of absence of sin. The entirety of the law that God gives Moses and his people is primarily given to them so that they understand how sinful they are and how holy He is.

Romans says that “through the law comes knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20) Therefore, the point of the entire Old Testament Law was for us to know that we are sinners and that God is holy and it is only by his grace, mercy, and salvation that we are allowed to live in this life, and next one as well.

The law gives us a glimpse of God’s holiness by looking at our sin. And as we get this ever-so-slight glimpse of God’s holiness we can make two decisions: We can ignore it and continue to worship ourselves in the prideful advancement of our own lives or we can admit it and start to worship God in the humble advancement of our lives for Him. Only an understanding of his holiness will lead us to the proper decision.

Sick

February 21, 2008

Sorry for the lack up updates this week. The stomach flu rocked the Wallace house early Tuesday morning. My wife, son, and I all got it within 2 hours of each other. For further details, click here

Baptism

February 17, 2008

Click here to view Hallie Wenger’s baptism this week. It is after the first song, “A Mighty Fortress is our God” – Great job, Hallie!