Sermon Recap: SON OF GOD based on Matthew 14:22-33, 27:54 and Romans 5:10

The Bible contains many truths that we can build our lives around. But one truth that is essential for faith is this: Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is fully divine AND fully human! The truth is vital for faith because it means that one must truly believe in Jesus to find salvation–a truth that humanity does not want to hear. In fact, there are more heresies and attempts to redefine Jesus than any other doctrine or teaching in the Bible! Even the forces of darkness recognize the truth and the power behind Jesus being the Son of God; it is only humanity that tries to diminish, downplay, or disprove it!

Why is Jesus being the Son of God so important for faith?

  1. We can reconcile with God (Romans 5:10a). God is holy and sin cannot dwell in his presence. No human being can be righteous on their own, for all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). There is no one righteous, not even one (Rom 3:10). Our iniquities have separated us from God (Isa 59:2). Jesus is vital because he is fully God, and therefore shares in God’s holiness and is sinless. Jesus is fully human, undoing the curse brought upon by sin by becoming sin for us, enabling us to become the righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21). In so doing, he broke down the dividing wall of hostility and draws us back to the father (Eph 2:12-14). Therefore, we can approach the throne of grace with confidence (Heb 4:16).
  1. We can experience and know salvation (Romans 5:10b). Jesus, because of his actions, brought us salvation. His very name means salvation! There is no other name under heaven by which humanity can be saved (Acts 4:12), and he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). But the salvation that Jesus provides is not only a future salvation, but also one we can experience now. We will enter heaven, but can also find freedom from the chains of past sins. The one whom the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36).
  1. Everything answers to him (Matthew 14;22-26, 32). Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love because of Christ Jesus (Rom 8:38-39), including anything of this earth, and any force beyond what we can see. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue will confess he is Lord (Phil 2:10-11). That means even the forces of darkness answer to him! Therefore, nothing is beyond his reach. He walks above the winds and the waves (Matt 14:25-26). The storms of life stop by his hand (Matt 14:32). No matter what we are going through, it answers to God! Trust him!

How then should we live in light of the truth that Jesus is the fully divine, fully human Son of God?

  1. Take a leap of faith (Matthew 14:27-29). John Ortberg wrote, “If you want to walk on water, you need to get out of the boat.” Jesus is calling out to you and me to place our trust in him. We might see the storm, the wind, and the waves, but Jesus is not phased by it. He will see us through to the other side. Can we trust him? Can we leave comfort behind and get out of the boat? Comfort can become a tool the enemy uses to keep us back. The enemy knows the freedom we will experience when we go all in with reckless abandon and take that step of faith. If he can keep us on the sideline, we are ineffective and can live trapped in fear, guilt, and bondage.
  1. Keep your eyes on Christ and walk (Matthew 14:29-31). As long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, like Peter, we will be able to walk on top of the wind and the waves of life. Jesus is greater than any storm or circumstance! Set aside all distractions; when we shift our focus away from Jesus, we immediately try to take control and sink. Sometimes, those distractions are innocent and even appear to be good, but still takes our eyes off of Jesus. We cannot navigate on our own because we are fallen human beings. We can overcome through Jesus because he is the Son of God. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and watch out for those distractions!
  1. Worship (Matthew 14:32-33). We need to declare Jesus for who he is–the Son of God! But we worship not just through song and word, but also through action. We need to become a living sacrifice and offer ourselves to the Son of God (Rom 12:1). We need to fully live for him, allow Jesus to lead every aspect of our lives.
  1. Stop playing games and be committed (Matthew 27:54). When the centurion witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion, he realized at that moment Jesus was the Son of God. Every decision of his life was called into account and he had to make a choice–what will he do from here? Jesus is the Son of God, and he will return. Will we be fully living for him when he comes? If he looks into our hearts, what will he see? Are we only giving him lip service or our all? God will spit out of his mouth those who are lukewarm, half-in, half-out, playing games, and uncommitted. Jesus is the Son of God–does our lives reflect that reality?

Many have diminished him throughout history, for to acknowledge Jesus as the Son means to surrender the heart. Will we give him our heart?

Questions for Reflection

1) Do you live in the freedom of your salvation? What sin, guilt, or bondage is holding you back from experiencing that freedom?

2) What are the winds and waves in your life? Name it and release it to Jesus.

3) What comforts keep you from taking a step of faith? Can you let it go for Jesus?

4) What distractions keep you from following God wholeheartedly?

5) Is Jesus truly the Lord of your heart? What do you need to surrender?

Upcoming Service

Next Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Jesus with the sermon titled, “Virgin Birth,” based on Matthew 1:22-23 and Luke 1:29-35. Why is the virgin birth foundational for belief? How should it impact our living? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for March 5 – March 11

March 5: 2 Samuel 22:31-51 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 6: 1 Kings 3:1-15 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 7: 1 Kings 8:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?
March 8: 1 Kings 8:22-30 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 9: 1 Kings 9:1-9 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 10: 1 Kings 11:1-13 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 11: 1 Kings 11:14-25 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Tuesday, March 5–Women’s Fellowship @ 1 pm

Sunday, March 10–Deacon Lunch & Meeting after church

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 16–Progressive Hearts

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  meet this Sunday, March 10.

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.

BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP INQUIRY

Are you interested in following the Lord’s example in baptism? Would you like to become a member of the church? If so, please respond to Pastor Ryan or reach out to the church office. We would like to have a baptism/new member ceremony on Pentecost Sunday, and Pastor Ryan would like to have a baptism/new member class in advance of that day. As of this email, there are five-six possible baptismal candidates and six membership transfers! If you would like to participate, please reach out!

I have also had a few questions:

1) Is there a class? There will be a six-week class right before baptism & membership Sunday (time and location TBD). The class is for all baptismal candidates, as well as membership transfers and reaffirmations. The purpose of the class is to make sure that your faith in God is clear and that you know what you are declaring by membership and baptism.

2) What if I was baptized as a child? Can I be baptized again? The choice is yours. Some choose to become baptized again to publicly declare their faith in Jesus, now that they are older and know what they are doing! But the choice is yours!

3) What if I don’t have membership in another church, but I was already baptized? Do I need to become baptized again for membership? No, you do not. If you were already baptized at another church and want to become a member at Beaver Creek, but do not have membership at another church, we can do what is called a reaffirmation of faith. You would publicly take the same vows that new members and baptismal candidates would make.

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)

John Miller (COVID)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

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 5, 2024