Sermon Recap: SINLESS LIFE based on Romans 5:17-21, 1 Peter 2:21-25, Hebrews 4:14-16

The Bible contains many truths that we can build our lives around. A third truth that is essential for faith is this: the sinless life of Jesus. For Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, he must have lived without sin; otherwise, the sacrifice would not be accepted. Unfortunately, many who call themselves Christian do not believe in the sinless life of Jesus. Without Jesus’ sinless life, there is no hope for salvation.

How did Jesus demonstrate a sinless life?

  1. Purity of conduct (Hebrews 4:15). He was tempted in every manner, just as we are, yet was without sin. When faced with the temptation, he chose to conduct himself in a way that would not sin. The temptations he faced are similar to what we face: selfishness (Matt 4:3), manipulation of God to fulfill wishes (Matt 4:5-6), manipulating the Word of God to his advantage (Matt 4:5-6), using whatever means necessary to gain power (Matt 4:8-10), abandoning what is right and not being faithful to God’s will out of fear (Matt 16:21-23), and taking advantage of others (Phil 2:6-8). Yet in each of these temptations, ones that all humanity faces at some point in one’s lifetime, Jesus did not sin.
  1. Purity of speech (1 Peter 2:22). No deceit was found in the mouth of Jesus (Isa 53:8). When falsely accused, he did not respond with insults (Mark 15:3-5). At the cross, he extended forgiveness to those who crucified him (Luke 23:34), and grace to the repentant thief on the cross (Luke 23:42). And knowing what was to come, Jesus cried and wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44). Everything he said pointed back to God the father (Matt 21:12-13). The tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8), that is itself set on fire by hell (James 3:6). Yet Jesus, despite the opportunity to use the tongue for evil, resisted the temptations and instead kept his speech pure.
  1. Purity of character and heart (1 Peter 2:23). When insulted, he did not retaliate. Instead, he chose to still wash the feet of his betrayer (John 13) and still called Judas “friend” at the betrayal and arrest (Matt 26:50). When they arrested him, he rebuked his disciples for trying to use the sword (John 18:11; Matt 26:52-56), and instead healed the ear of the servant (Luke 22:51). He never showed favoritism, but instead opened the door of the kingdom of God to all: women, Samaritans, Greeks, Romans, and so many others.

What is the sinless life of Jesus essential to faith?

  1. Spiritual healing (1 Peter 2:24). Because Jesus lived a sinless life, he was able to bear our sins on the cross to bring all humanity healing. He died in our place so we do not have to bear the curse of death any longer. No matter what scars or wounds we carry, because Jesus died in our place and rose again, we can be reborn and live anew!
  1. Reconciliation with God (1 Peter 2:25). We were all like sheep who had gone astray. Because Jesus lived as the perfect Lamb of God, we can return to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. Even if sin marked our lives, we are now claimed by God because we are washed with the blood of the Lamb!
  1. Justification (Romans 5:18). The penalty of sin is death (Rom 6:23). However, because Jesus paid with his own life, the payment for our debt is paid in full. We have a blank slate, as if we have never sinned, wiped clean from all guilt and shame of our past failures. Because Jesus was sinless, he paid the price that we once had to bear. Now, we can be free from the heaviness of sin!
  1. Sanctification (Romans 5:19-20). Because of Jesus, we can become a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). This was only possible through Christ’s obedience and grace. Because he was without sin, we can be made new and freed from the permanency of our sins. We can become like him in holiness.
  1. Eternal life (Romans 5:17-21). Because Jesus died for our sins as a perfect sacrifice, the payment has been applied for all time. Therefore, we have the promise of eternal life if we are washed by the blood.

How should we live in light of Christ’s sinless life?

  1. Follow Christ’s example (1 Peter 2:21). If we believe in Jesus and what he has done, then we should demonstrate it in how we live. Therefore, we should also strive for purity in conduct, speech, character, and heart.
  1. Hold unswervingly to your faith (Hebrews 4:14). Do not turn to the right or the left, allowing compromise to water down your faith. As Covey wrote, “Keep the main thing the main thing.” Do not deviate from the course of following Christ!
  1. Approach the throne of grace with confidence (Hebrews 4:16). We don’t have to keep God in the distance. We can come right up to God with our needs, and he will give us his mercy and grace! Don’t remain struggling in sin; embrace the access, power, and freedom we have been given!

Questions for Reflection

1) Do you believe in the sinless life of Jesus?

2) Which area is the hardest to maintain purity–conduct, speech, character, or heart? Why?

3) From what past failure or sin do you need healing today?

4) Do you feel distant from God, or close to him? What evidence do you have for the disposition?

5) What compromises to your faith do you struggle with? How can you weed them out?

6) What is one thing you can boldly ask God for today?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Jesus with the sermon titled, “Substitutionary Atonement,” based on Isaiah 53:1-12. Why is the atonement 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 19 – 25

March 19: 1 Kings 19:1-18 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 20: 1 Kings 20:35-43 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 21: 1 Kings 21:17-29 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 22: 1 Kings 22:1-16 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 23: 1 Kings 22:17-28 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 24: 2 Kings 1:1-18 What does this passage teach us about God?

March 25: 2 Kings 2:1-14 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Thursday, March 21–Leadership Team @ 7 pm

Saturday, March 23–Youth Easter Eggs

Sunday, March 24–Love Feast @ 5 pm

Upcoming Events:

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 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.

PEANUT BUTTER EGG FUNDRAISER

Wednesday is the last possible day to call in your order to the office for the Peanut Butter Egg fundraiser. A small is $4, and a large is $6.

LOVE FEAST

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

EASTER EGG HUNT

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 30 from 10 am to 12 pm. We are still in need of some candy to fill the eggs! Please bring it to the lobby of the church by Sunday!

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)

Bouchery family–unspoken request

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 (recovery)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Shay Suter (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 19, 2024