Lord’s Day 14

G. VanPopta

Because our Lord was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, he has the innocence and holiness to cover the sin in which we were conceived and born

  1. The extent of our corruption
  2. The extent of Christ’s innocence

Scripture reading:  Psalm 51

C. Stam

Christ’s incarnation to work our salvation

  1. Christ accepting his work
  2. Christ commencing his work

Scripture reading:  Hebrews 2:5-18

R.H. Bremmer

The Church in the third article of faith confesses the wonder of the holy conception and birth of Christ

That wonder is:

  1. Adorable
  2. Necessary
  3. Bearing a rich fruit

Scripture readings:  Isaiah 8:23-9:6, Luke 1:26-38

C. Bouwman

Jesus’ conception and birth restores a central function of human sexuality

  1. Human sexuality brings forth sinners
  2. Human sexuality brings forth saints

Scripture readings:  Genesis 3:20-4:2, Leviticus 12, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18

Jesus’ birth assures sinners of the privilege of having children

  1. The mandate to multiply
  2. The gospel of Jesus’ birth
  3. The purpose of the family

Scripture readings:  Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 3:6-16, 1 Timothy 2:8-3:16

Wes Bredenhof

The Lord Jesus came to earth as our Mediator

  1. He came from God
  2. He came for us

Scripture readings:  1 Timothy 2:1-6, 1 John 4

The Triune God brings us the benefit of the holy conception and birth of Christ

We’ll consider the role of the:

  1. Father
  2. Son
  3. Holy Spirit

Scripture readings:  Luke 1:26-38, Galatians 4:1-7

S. t’ Hart

The true gospel of the incarnation of the Son of God

  1. What happened
  2. How it happened
  3. Why it happened

Scripture reading:  Luke 1:26-56

B. Holwerda

Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary

  1. The Son and Lord of Adam
  2. The Son and Lord of Abraham
  3. The Son and Lord of David

Scripture reading:  Luke 1:26-38

K. Dijk

The coming of the second Adam on earth

  1. How did he come?
  2. What gifts did he bear? 

Scripture reading:  Luke 1:26-38

The birth of Jesus Christ is:

  1. Through the Spirit
  2. Out of woman

Scripture reading:  none given in the original source

E. Kampen

In the incarnation we see God’s love for the world

We see this as we consider how:

  1. He honoured the processes of the world
  2. He confirms the inherent goodness of the world
  3. His goal is the redemption of the world

Scripture readings:  John 3:1-21, Revelation 21:1-5

Abram de Graaf

We confess that the Son of God became true man

  1. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
  2. He was born of the Virgin Mary

Scripture reading:  Luke 1:26-38

Reuben Bredenhof

The miracle and the meaning of the Incarnation

  1. Our birth and our guilt
  2. Jesus’ birth and his innocence
  3. Jesus’ birth and our new birth

Scripture readings: Job 25, Psalm 51, Romans 5:12-21

As those born in sin, we thankfully confess Jesus’ virgin birth

  1. The Spirit’s mighty strength
  2. The Son’s lowly place
  3. The Father’s ready forgiveness

Scripture readings: Luke 1:26-38, Philippians 2:1-11