Summary: This sermon is about what we (Church of the Nazarene) believe about the doctrine of Atonement.
Larry C. Brincefield
Sunday Evening, February 2, 2003
Title: What We Believe....About Atonement
I read about a small boy who was always late coming home from school.
His parents warned him one day that he must be home on time that afternoon,
but he arrived later than ever.
His mother met him at the door and said nothing.
At dinner that night, the boy looked at his plate.
There was a slice of bread and a glass of water.
He looked at his father’s plate full of meat and potatoes.
and then looked at his father,
but his father said nothing.
The boy was crushed.
The father waited for the full impact to sink in,
then he quietly took the boy’s plate and placed it in front of himself.
He took his own plate of meat and potatoes, and put it in front of the boy, and smiled at his son.
When that boy grew up, he said, "All my life I’ve known what God is like by what my father did that night."
We have been studying the different Articles of Faith on these Sunday Evenings. Tonight we come to Article 6...What we believe...about Atonement.
We believe that Jesus Christ, by His sufferings, by the shedding of His own blood, and by His death on the Cross, made a full atonement for all human sin, and that this Atonement is the only ground of salvation, and that it is sufficient for every individual of Adam’s race. The Atonement is graciously efficacious for the salvation of the irresponsible and for the children in innocency but is efficacious for the salvation of those who reach the age of responsibility only when they repent and believe.—Nazarene Manual 2001-2005
1. The History of Atonement
From the very beginning of time, we see the idea that a price must be paid in exchange for the forgiveness of sins.
Sacrifices would be brought to God ...
and animals would spill their blood to pay the price for the sins of the people.
This practice was carried out for thousands of years...
from the time of Cain and Abel.
And this practice continued until the time of Jesus Christ...
when animal sacrifices were no longer required.
Because Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice.
2. The Meaning of Atonement
Atonement basically means that someone must pay the price to bring reconciliation between two parties who are alienated from each other.
Jesus paid the price.
Jesus paid the ransom.
He paid the price so that we could live...
So we wouldn’t have to pay the price ourselves
And as a result, we can be receive the gift of eternal life.