Monday, November 27, 2006

The Virgin Birth

Just yesterday (11/26), I preached a sermon on the Virgin Birth. If anyone is interested in hearing or reading the sermon, click HERE.

I do just want to say this: God definitely wanted me to feel weak yesterday. The doctrine of the Virgin Birth can tend to be more academic; so, in my mind I was struggling with how I was going to preach it. Eventually, the Lord did move me towards specific texts. However, even after I had practiced preaching it 3-5 times, I still didn't feel ready. On Saturday night, I knew I needed to pray; however, I felt so tired. So, I took a shower to wake myself up. I went to bed, prayed, read the Bible and Valley of Vision. Then, at 11:00 pm, I was ready for sleep.... Or, so I thought.

I'm guessing my body was overtired. So, I ended up not falling asleep until around 12:30 am. Then, my wife, having been gone for a few days, returned home at 2:00 am. So, I didn't get much sleep. BUT, I knew that God wanted to teach me His faithfulness. Whether I preached in a way that people said "Ooh, wow!" or "Ew, ick!", the Lord was in control. And, I had to trust Him (thank You, Lord, for enabling me).

People did learn and were encouraged by God's Word. So, I end by saying, TO GOD BE THE GLORY! May He continually teach us and enable us to decrease as we see His immeasurable greatness!


natamllc said...

Ok, PT2

I listened to your message.

now what?


PT2 said...

Thanks for listening!

Savor God's grace and trust His promises.

natamllc said...

You know, now since I was 4 and half years old, many many years [1957/58] ago, what you ask is much easier thought than experienced and even thinking about savoring God's Grace is easier than
"savoring" and enjoying it. It is a STRUGGLE at times!

I was most struck with reading this yesterday and this extreme contrast Paul puts forth from Colossians and what it implies. Apparently the Church then was struggling to have healthy roots as the Church today. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is not healthy:

Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Hmmmmm, strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, ??? so that we can be PATIENT AND LONGSUFFERING???


What pressures are bearing down on the Church today that this admonition is necessary? Patience is what I need with suffering long when things are not going so well for extended periods of human time!

I never tire of "His" JOY AND PEACE IN BELIEVING!!!

Rom 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

The same Holy Ghost who visited the virgin, right?


PT2 said...

It is true that it's easier said than done; however, it's the call. We are called to savor God's grace and to trust His promises. We are to rest in Him.

Many times I find myself saying, "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!"

And, He does grant that relational peace and joy in Him through the Spirit's power!

Gage Browning said...

Well done. Good "Big Idea" as Haddon Robinson says.


AgapeTheologian said...

I thought the sermon was excellent. It had to be difficult
preparing. Good Job!


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