To Be Made Like Us, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | Dec 19, 2013
Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?   NOTHING! Absolutely nothing!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs. You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven. At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well. So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.    Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

CHRISTMAS SERIES Why Did Jesus Come? To Be Made Like Us

Matt. 1:20-23; John 1:14; Heb. 2:14-18; 5:7-10; Rom. 5:19

If you had to write a Christmas greeting no more than 10 words in length that would be printed on 250,000 Christmas cards, what would it be?

Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:15-16; 5:7-10. Theologian John Stott wrote: “[Jesus] is the God for me! He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us.” Having become flesh, Jesus shared our human suffering, weaknesses, and temptations. How is this truth an encouragement?

 While fully human, Jesus remained perfectly obedient and without sin. According to these passages (Heb. 5:7-10; Rom. 5:12-21; 8:3-4) how does this truth give hope to us imperfect, rebellious, and sinful humans?

Athanasius wrote: “[Jesus] became what we are that he might make us what he is.” According to 2 Corinthians 8:9, how did Jesus’ incarnation and perfect obedience accomplish this (cf. Heb. 5:7-10; Rom. 5:12-21)?

Matt.1:20-23; John 1:14. Theologian J. I. Packer wrote of the incarnation, “The impression… is not so much one of deity reduced as of divine capacities restrained.” Why is it so crucial to understand that while Jesus became fully human, He yet remained fully God - restrained but not reduced?

John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5. Because He is fully God and fully human, theologian Martin Luther says Jesus offers us a “ladder” between God and humanity: “We are to ascend into heaven by that ladder which is placed before us, using those steps which God prepared and used…The Son of God… descended from heaven to this earth and came to us in our flesh. He placed himself in the womb of his mother, in her lap, and on the cross. And this is the ladder by which we are to ascend to God.” What does God’s action in sending Jesus to us reveal about our own human efforts to reach to God?

 

 

 

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UP COMING EVENTS

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 6:00 p.m. CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

 

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