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FBC E-Blast - January 1, 2018
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January 1, 2018

The Uniqueness of Christ - Matthew 16

When Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" they replied, "Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." But Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:13-16).

What set Jesus apart as the Messiah?

  • His birth: He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born, as prophesied, in Bethlehem to a virgin. Though angels announced His arrival and He reigns over all creation, Jesus entered our world in a lowly manner so He could be identified with the meek and the poor.

  • His wisdom: At age 12, He spent three days with rabbis, asking questions that showed his uncommon understanding.

  • His baptism: Though He didn’t need cleansing, Jesus asked John to baptize Him so He could identify with sinners and demonstrate His love to them.

  • His temptation: Satan tempted Him relentlessly for 40 days, yet He did not sin.

  • His ministry: He challenged man-made religious traditions. And by healing people - regardless of nationality - raising the dead, and forgiving sins, He revealed that God wants to be involved personally in our lives. Leading Pharisees wanted Him dead, but the Father protected His life until the crucifixion.

When people ask you about Jesus, introduce Him by guiding them through this mini-biography. In just a few sentences, John describes Christ’s character, divinity, and authority. The disciple was not timid about proclaiming the Lord. We shouldn’t be shy, either, when we serve so great a Savior.

Upcoming Sermon Series
      In this series we will discuss the believer's peace with God, standing in grace, hope of glory, possession of love, certainty of deliverance, and joy in God. But we will also address two significant questions about assurance.

Last Week:
      As the New Year approaches, it's good for us to think about getting off on the right foot. In this message we look at 4 ways that God would have us start the new year. God gives us the power and grace to do these things, but it will take time and effort.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will begin our new series Eternal Security.

Upcoming Events

January 2 - Dartball Game at our church. Be there by 7:15 PM

January 6 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM

January 7 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner after AM Worship Service

January 14 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

January 17 - Annual Business Meeting at 7 PM

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