Summary: Basic beliefs on what Christ has done for us
Jesus shows His love for us by dying for us and being resurrected Luke 1:1-4
As we come to this time of worship, I want us to be assured that the bible is to be the book that we hear the message from. Did you know that what we have in this book is the very word of God? There is no other book like it. Paul who wrote 13 of the books in the N. T. got his information some 3-5 years after Jesus had descended up into heaven. I COR. 15:1-9, 12-15-15 “Now let me remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then and still do now, for your faith is built on this wonderful message. And it is this Good News that saves you if you firmly believe it, unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. I passed on to you what was most important and what had been passed on to me, that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles. After that, he was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died by now. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, I saw him, too, long after the others, as though I had been born at the wrong time. For I am the least of all the apostles, and I am not worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted the church of God. But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ was not raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your trust in God is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God, for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave, but that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead.” All of the New Testament was written by 64 AD except the books written by John. Less than thirty years from when Christ lived on the earth, that which we have about the life of Christ was already in writing. No one else in all of history has a record of that being done. We do not have the originals but there have been 25,000 manuscripts discovered.
LK 1:1-4 “Most honorable Theophilus: Many people have written accounts about the events that took place among us. They used as their source material the reports circulating among us from the early disciples and other eyewitnesses of what God has done in fulfillment of his promises. Having carefully investigated all of these accounts from the beginning, I have decided to write a careful summary for you, to reassure you of the truth of all you were taught.”
Luke in writing His Gospel wanted us to know for sure the truths about Jesus. I want to give to you the facts about what happened to Christ in His last hours and days of his resurrection. Some of the things I am going to tell you are not for the weak hearted. What He suffered for us shows how much God loves us.