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Pastor Steve Williams : The Unavoidable Jesus

The Creed · 46:20 · Recorded July 18, 2021

The Unavoidable Jesus

Philippians 2:5–11 (NIV) Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Four big “Christological” ideas declared

1. Jesus’ transformed personhood.

– He altered himself forever for me.

Romans 3:23–25 (NIV) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.

2. Jesus’ supreme position.

– He’s what everything’s about!

Ephesians 1:910 (Phi) God has allowed us to know the secret of his plan, and it is this: he purposes in his sovereign will that all human history shall be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth shall find its perfection and fulfillment in him.

Colossians 1:16–17 (GNB) God created the whole universe through him and for him. Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place.

3. Jesus’ imminent return.

Revelation 1:7; 22:20 (NIV) “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! 22:20 “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

– He’ll appear in his full glory!

Matthew 24:30 (NIV) “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.”

Isaiah 2:17–19 (NIV) The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear. People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty.

Isaiah 2:17–19 (CSB) On that day the LORD will become King over the whole earth—the LORD alone, and his name alone.

4. Jesus’ ultimate evaluation.

John 5:26–27 (NIV) “As the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”

Matthew 25:31–32, 34, 41 (NIV) “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ 41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’”

– He’s going to settle all scores.

– He won’t miss any vital detail .

– He’ll set things right at last!

– He’ll finally reconcile us all to reality.

– He’ll welcome some and dismiss others.

– His will be the final word.

John 12:47 (CSB) “The one who rejects me and doesn’t receive my sayings has this as his judge: The word I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”

Talk It Over
  • If you have one of the “Creed” cards (or can Google TheApostle’s Creed on your phone), take a moment to read it aloud in your group. How central is the person of Jesus to each of the statements it makes? What conclusion do you make from this?

  • Which of the four “big” ideas about Jesus do you find to be most compelling to you personally? The most confusing or intriguing? The most encouraging?

  • What interesting new thought or “new angle” on a familiar idea did you pick up from this message?

  • The message put a lot of focus on Christ as our final judge. What about this idea makes you uncomfortable? Helps you to be more at peace and have confidence about the future?

  • What verses of Scripture from this message spoke to you most powerfully or personally, and why were they impactful?

  • What’s your biggest “takeaway” from this message you want to remember, put into practice, or do something about? How can your small group pray for you or help you with this?

  • Parents talk to your children about Christ’s choice to step down from heaven and humble himself so that we could have eternal life. Help your child imagine what it would be like to be becoming something new for the sake of others. What can we do or sacrifice in our own lives to help others?

Talk It Over
  • If you have one of the “Creed” cards (or can Google TheApostle’s Creed on your phone), take a moment to read it aloud in your group. How central is the person of Jesus to each of the statements it makes? What conclusion do you make from this?

  • Which of the four “big” ideas about Jesus do you find to be most compelling to you personally? The most confusing or intriguing? The most encouraging?

  • What interesting new thought or “new angle” on a familiar idea did you pick up from this message?

  • The message put a lot of focus on Christ as our final judge. What about this idea makes you uncomfortable? Helps you to be more at peace and have confidence about the future?

  • What verses of Scripture from this message spoke to you most powerfully or personally, and why were they impactful?

  • What’s your biggest “takeaway” from this message you want to remember, put into practice, or do something about? How can your small group pray for you or help you with this?

  • Parents talk to your children about Christ’s choice to step down from heaven and humble himself so that we could have eternal life. Help your child imagine what it would be like to be becoming something new for the sake of others. What can we do or sacrifice in our own lives to help others?

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