Sermon Recap: VIRGIN BIRTH based on Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-23, and Luke 1:29-37

The Bible contains many truths that we can build our lives around. But a second truth that is essential for faith is this: the Virgin Birth. Throughout history, many have tried to explain the supernatural in natural terms. But how can one explain a virgin birth? Although some scholars have tried to decry the biblical tale as simply a construct to give Jesus authority, without the virgin birth, there is no hope for salvation.

Why is the virgin birth so important for faith?

  1. Fulfillment of Scripture (Matt 1:22-23, Isa 7:14). The virgin birth is actually foretold in Scripture (Isa 7:14). Matthew explained in his gospel that Jesus’ birth fulfilled what was told by the prophet (Matt 1:23). When Isaiah recorded the original prophecy, it was to a nation that was under threat of invasion from the outside. By the time the child was born, the threat would be no more and proof that He was Immanuel, God with us, or God among us. By the time Jesus was born 700 years later, the threats to the people of God were no more, but the nation had remained, even though it had gone through exile and back! The fulfillment just further shows that God’s Word never fails and will always fulfill the intended purpose (Isa 55:10-11), making the Word a reliable promise we can stand upon! Jesus is Immanuel (Matt 1:23), and the promise of the eternal Davidic king (Luke 1:32-33)

I hate Biology, but I love punnett squares. The chart shows the probable makeup for any offspring from a child since each child inherits half of each chromosome containing DNA from each parent. A child cannot possess any trait that isn’t already in the genetic code of the parent. Therefore, if you have a human mating with a human, the offspring will always be human! The virgin birth is necessary, for if a child is to be born yet be fully divine, the child cannot have any human parent! One can try to believe a conspiracy theory, but in philosophy, Occam’s razor suggests that the more simpler explanation is usually the true one. The Bible says Jesus is the Son of God and born of the Holy Spirit! Can we trust it? Even though scholars try to explain Isaiah as a late construct, the intact Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah and its dating show its integrity well before Jesus walked the earth in the flesh!

  1. A sign of the Lord’s dwelling among humanity (Isa 7:14). Humanity lost its ability to walk with God because of sin. But in order to walk with humanity once again, Jesus became flesh to redeem humanity. He reconciled humanity to God (Rom 5:10) and washed it from its sin. But humanity often needs a guide to show the correct way. Jesus became flesh, took our experiences upon himself, and felt what we felt so he could show us how to find the way back to God. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He found us and gave us the step-by-step path to return!
  1. Break the curse of original sin (Luke 1:35). All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). There is no one righteous (Rom 3:12), for we are all born with a sinful nature (Rom 5:12-21). In order to break the curse of original sin, one had to come born and live as a purse sacrifice to die and take the original sin upon himself. That is what Jesus did! The Jewish leaders of the time (Pharisees/teachers of the law) believed that the curse of original sin passed through Adam. As soon as a woman had relations with a man, the seed of original sin was passed onto the child before it was even born. That was the primary reason why the Jewish leaders had a difficult time accepting Jesus’ claim of divinity! But if a child was carried without such a union, original sin cannot be transmitted, because the seed of Adam is not in the child. That is why a virgin birth is essential; otherwise, Jesus would have been born with sin and could not have been a sinless sacrifice! However, the Holy Spirit placed Jesus into Mary’s womb before she had any sexual union with Joseph. Mary then was simply a carrier or vessel for Jesus, meaning he had no DNA from Joseph or Mary. Thus, Jesus was born of humanity but without the curse of humanity!
  1. Demonstrates that nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). Even though our minds cannot fathom a virgin birth, the birth shows that nothing is impossible. God can open any closed door and make it possible. God does not answer to the world or humanity; rather, everything instead answers to him! No obstacle is too great for God to redeem humanity, no matter what choices have been made or how one has lived.

How then should we live in light of the truth of the virgin birth?

  1. Trust in God’s Word(Matthew 1:22-23). If God says it in the Bible, it is true and can be trusted. It also means that every word is true, including the call to repent from sin, to strive to live for righteousness, heaven, hell, eternal destiny, and Jesus returning like a thief in the night! Read the Word. Learn the Word. Trust the Word. Be watchful and ready! Don’t take the Word for granted!
  1. Trust God for the impossible (Luke 1:37). If God can bring Jesus into the world, bypassing the laws of nature, what else can he do? What impossibility do we face? Can we trust God through it?

Questions for Reflection

1) How much do you trust the Bible?

2) What other Scriptures do you see fulfilled in Jesus?

3) Do you believe God can do the impossible?

4) What sin do you need freedom from?

5) In what ways have you put God in a box?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Lent. Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Jesus with the sermon titled, “Sinless Life,” based on Hebrews 4:14-16, 1 Peter 2:21-25, and Romans 5:17-21. Why is the sinless life of Jesus foundational for belief? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for March 12 – 18

March 12: 1 Kings 13:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 13: 1 Kings 13:11-25 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 14: 1 Kings 17:1-6 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 15: 1 Kings 17:7-24 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 16: 1 Kings 18:1-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 17: 1 Kings 18:16-40 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 18: 1 Kings 18:41-46 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Saturday, March 16–Progressive Hearts

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 23–Youth Easter Eggs

Sunday, March 24–Love Feast @ 5 pm

Saturday, March 30–Easter Egg Hunt @ 10 am

Saturday, March 30–Men’s Fellowship @ Thomas House, 7:15 am

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 am; Breakfast to follow

Sunday, March 31–Easter Sunday

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of March is Hebrews 4:16:

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL  NOT meet this Sunday, March 17. It WILL meet next Sunday, March 24.

LENT Challenge

Every year during the season of Lent, which starts on Wednesday, Christians around the globe give something up until Easter as a sign of humility and self-sacrifice. For many, the sacrifice is food. This year for Lent, I challenge all of us to give up something for the next forty days. What activity, other than our jobs, prevents us from spending more time with God? Whatever it may be, I challenge you to sacrifice it and use that time to spend time with God instead.

LOVE FEAST

The next service of Love Feast and Communion will take place on Sunday, March 24 at 5 pm. This year, we will explore the Love Feast and Communion through the elements of the Passover meal–the very meal Jesus & his disciples would partake in that night long ago. Child care will be provided, so all are welcome!

EASTER

We will have Easter Sunrise service promptly at 7 am outside on the lawn. Then, we will have a simple breakfast provided by Worship Team. Sunday school will continue at its normal time, 9:45 am, followed by the regular service at 11 am. Come celebrate the resurrection!

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP CLASS

For those who are interested in baptism, there will be a new member and baptism class during the Sunday School hour beginning Sunday, April 7. Please plan to attend! If you cannot make a session, please let Pastor Ryan know for makeup.

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

For those who are interested in transferring membership, you only need to attend the classes on Sunday, May 12, and Sunday, May 19. Also, please email Pastor Ryan the name of your previous church so we can mail out the request for transfer of membership.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Terri Burkholder (health)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Barbara Meadows (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Denny Miller (recovery)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Dan Rhodes (surgery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–March 12, 2024