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: God With Us-To Save (1 of 4)
Series: Immanuel-God With Us
Stuart Briscoe
Matthew 1:18-25

The angel announcing the birth of Christ explained that He would be known both as "Immanuel-God with us" and also "Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins." Enjoying Christmas involves grasping what this means.

I. The Human Dilemma-Sin from Which We Need to Be Saved.

"Sin is the basic (if not always the immediate) cause of all other calamities."
- D. A. Carson

A. The meaning of sin.
1. Sin as denial of divine rule.

2. Sin as defiance of divine will.

3. Sin as defilement of divine order.

4. Sin as dynamic of vast proportion.

5. Sin as destroyer of human potential.

6. Sin as degenerative of individual experience.

B. The manifestations of sin.
1. Failing to do what we are required to do.

2. Insisting on doing what we are forbidden to do.

II. The Divine Decision-To Save Us from Our Sins.


Part 2: God With Us-To Reveal Himself
Series: Immanuel-God With Us
Stuart Briscoe
John 1:1-18

Moses asked if he could see God's glory, but he was told nobody can see God and sur-vive. But God wants to be known so He came "veiled in flesh" so that we could come to know Him and not be burned up by the experience.

I. Revelation-"The Word Became Flesh and Lived for a While Among Us."

A. The identity of the Word. vv. 1-2
1. His unique title-"the Word."
a. Greek: The word unspoken-hidden idea, reason.

b. Greek: The word spoken-the idea made known.

c. Hebrew: related to wisdom. See Proverbs 8

2. His eternal existence-"in the beginning was…"

3. His intimate fellowship-"was with God."

4. His divine nature-"the Word was God."

B. The activity of the Word. vv. 3 5
1. The agent of creation-"through Him all things were made."

2. The dispenser of life-"in Him was life."

3. The communicator of reality-"the light of men."
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