by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 4 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: The Visitor
Series: Visitation From Space
Stuart Briscoe
John 1:1-5

"The Word became flesh" is the way the Bible describes the most stupendous visitation of planet earth from outer space. The identity of the Word, the reasons for His visitation and its contemporary relevance should be considered carefully.

I. The Unique Identity of the Word.

A. What the title "Word" (Logos) meant to Greeks.
1. Stoics: the rational principle behind all things.

2. Philo: platonic ideal behind the visible world.

3. Reason behind expression.

B. What the title "Word" (Dabar) meant to Hebrews:
God's powerful self-expression in…
1. Creation. Genesis 1:3; Psalm 33:6

2. Revelation. Jeremiah 1:4; Amos 3:1, 8

3. Deliverance. Psalm 107:20; Isaiah 55:11

II. The Eternal Existence of the Word.

A. "In the beginning…": the "arche" origin of universe, all things.


Part 2: Preparations for the Visit
Series: Visitation From Space
Stuart Briscoe
John 1:6-8, 15

For centuries, the prophets had promised and predicted the Incarnation. John the Baptist was the last in this distinguished line and he was an unerring pointer to Christ and His ministry. He "came as a witness" (v. 7) to prepare the people to welcome the Visitor.

I. The Visitor: "The True Light…Was Coming into the World." 1:9

A. "In Him was life." 1:4a
1. Life: "the organic functioning of plants, animals, and men."

2. Life: the state of being, "get a life." Matthew 6:25; Mark 8:35

3. Life: the abundant, eternal experience. John 10:10; 5:24

B. "That was the light of men." 1:4b
1. Light: that which illumines 1:9, reveals 3:19-20, guides. 8:12

2. Light: the antithesis to darkness; banishes, triumphs. 1:5

3. Light: available to, but not accepted by every man.

II. The Witness: "There Came a Man…Sent from God, His Name Was John." 1:6

A. John's disciples: a rival group? See 3:25-26; Acts 18:25; 19:3

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