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Here's my first Advent sermon for the year. I explore the doctrine of the virgin birth. Those who disbelieve this important doctrine are simply not historic Christians.
 
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P.S. I borrowed Rev. James Kennedy's six consequences "If Jesus was not born of a virgin."
 

 

CAN A VIRGIN GIVE BIRTH?

SERMON STARTER

In a 2005 Harris Poll concerning belief in the Bible and God, 58% of the general population indicated they believe. Contrast this with the reality that the majority of those who teach in America’s liberal arts and religious colleges and universities do not believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible, nor do they believe in the God of the Bible. These liberal institutions have produced a plethora of ministers and priests who simply have no personal belief in God.

Personally, I believe that the Bible is the true Word of God and the narratives of scripture are not mythological stories, but are accounts of how men and women over the millennia have searched for and found God. I do not believe that any minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the right to preach in any pulpit if she/he doesn’t believe in the transforming power of the Word of God. Yet, many stand in our pulpits and deny one of the most basic and pivotal doctrines of Holy Writ, the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.

The virgin birth of Jesus is a litmus test for true historical Christianity. Here’s an irony, even Osama Bin Laden believes in the virgin birth of Jesus. It is taught in the Qu’ran and accepted by Muslims. Again, I have personally witnessed to Muslims based upon my belief that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary.

This sermon explores this reality and shows you why this doctrine is vital to historic Christian belief.

 

Sheepfold Ministries, December 2, 2007

Pastor Phil Roland

CAN A VIRGIN GIVE BIRTH?

Isaiah 7:14 – Luke 1:26-33

“There is widespread disbelief in the virgin birth of Jesus, although all basic Christian truth and doctrine is dependent upon its truth.”          Pastor Phil Roland

 

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

 

Ma:

I.  THERE IS WIDESPREAD SKEPTCISM AND UNBELIEF

               A. The Dividing Line between Liberals and Evangelicals
                               1. Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick was probably America's most
                                   famous minister half a century ago. He preached in Trenton, 
                                   and in the Riverside Church in New York.
                               2. Fosdick was an aggressive liberal. In 1945 a person asked
                                   him what he thought of the Virgin Birth. 
                               3. He responded: "Of course I do not believe in the virgin birth...
and I know of no intelligent person who does."
               B. 1998 Poll Statistics of 7,441 Protestant Ministers in US
                               “Do you believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus?”
                               1. 19% of American Lutheran pastors did not believe it.
                               2. 44% of Episcopalian priests rejected it.
                               3. 49% of Presbyterian pastors.
                               4. 60% of Methodist ministers.
                               5. 34% of American Baptists rejected it.
               C. I firmly asserted my belief in a Seminary paper I wrote
                               1. My professor was condescending
                               2. “Yours, Mr. Roland, is a primitive, uninformed  belief”
 

II.  BIBLICAL BACKGROUND TO ISAIAH’S PROPHESY

            A. Southern Kingdom, Judah, being attacked by Israel 
               B. King Ahaz was trying to evade God and trust human allies. 
               C. The prophet Isaiah challenged him to ask a sign of God.
                               1. Ahaz put on a false spirituality: “It would be wrong of me to test God.”
                               2. Reality: he had more confidence in his own schemes for victory.
                                3. Since he would not seek a sign, Isaiah gave him one  anyway.

                             "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin

shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name

Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

 

 

III.  THE VIRGIN BIRTH IS THE GREAT BIBLICAL MYSTERY

          A. Prophesy Fulfilled nearly 700 years later

            B. Luke records Angelic Visitor, Gabriel

1. Appears to Virgin Mary – Luke 1:26,27

                        2. She is to conceive supernaturally – v.31a

                        3. His name is to be called “JESUS” – v. 31b

                        4. Rule over Jacob’s House and David’s Throne – v. 32

                        5. His is to be an Everlasting Kingdom – v. 33

 

IV.  HISTORIC CHIRSTIANS BELIEVED IN THE VIRGIN BIRTH

            A. APOSTLE’S CREED - (See bottom of this page)

            B. NICEAN CREED – (See bottom of this page)

 

V. IF JESUS WAS NOT BORN OF A VIRGIN, THEN:

A. The New Testament narratives are false and unreliable

B. He was mistaken about who his father was
     1. He constantly declared himself to be the Son of God – John 8:28
      2. He declared that God was his father – John 8:16-19
C. He was not the Son of God, but merely the illegitimate child of a
      sinful liaison between a Jewish peasant girl and an unknown man
D. He cannot be the divine Redeemer, because the sacrifice for sin
     must be perfect
E. We are still in our sins and without forgiveness
F. We have no hope after death
VI. BUT IF JESUS WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN, THEN:
               A. We have a perfect Savior
               B. We have forgiveness of our sins
               C. We have the hope of eternal life
               D. Is He your “Virgin Born” Savior?
 

 

CAN A VIRGIN GIVE BIRTH?, Text:

Luke 1:26-33

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

27  to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.

28  And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"

29  But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.

30  Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31  "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.

32  "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

33  "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODERN NICENE CREED

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].

With the Father and the Son

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic (universal) and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. AMEN.

 

 

The Apostles' Creed

The basic creed of Reformed churches, as most familiarly known, is called the Apostles' Creed. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; it dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Creator of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven
    and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
    whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy *catholic church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and life everlasting.

Amen.

*The word "catholic" refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Courtesy of Sheepfold Ministries, Sharon, PA – Pastor Phil Roland