Signpost #1 What we believe determines where we go in life. What we believe affects the choices we make in life. Seek God Go My Own Way
Signpost #2 What we believe about creation determines how we view ourselves and how we view life. Know Creator No Creator
Signpost #3 What we believe about the Bible determines how we live our lives. Believe and Obey the Bible Follow My Own Rules
Signpost #4 What we believe about God’s goodness defines our relationship with Him. Trust God Don’t Trust God
Signpost #5 What we believe about Jesus’ identity determines our path in life. Follow Jesus Don’t Follow Jesus
Matthew 16:13-17 Jesus is not interested in what people think about what He is doing, He is interested in knowing who they think He is.
Jesus’ Story Prophesied in the Old Testament Fulfilled in the New Testament
Born in Bethlehem But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel. Micah 5:2 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem … while they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. Luke 2:4, 6
A Descendent of King David A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. (Jesse is David’s father) Isaiah 11:1 You will be with child and give birth to a son, … He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David … Luke 1:31-32
Born of a Virgin Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother, Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit … the virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and they will call Him, Immanuel – which means, God with us. Matthew 1:18, 23
Raised in Egypt When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. Hosea 11:1 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, “Get up,” he said, “take the child to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. Matthew 2:13
Rides Into Jerusalem on a Donkey … see your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie the and bring them to Me. Matthew 21:2
Last Words My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me? Psalm 22:1 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani? – which means, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Mark 15:34
Died on a Cross … they have pierced my hands and my feet … they divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. Psalm 22:16, 18 When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots. Mark 15:34
Resurrected from the Dead Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. Psalm 16:9-10 Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Luke 24:5-6
Highlights of the life of Jesus 1.Jesus was born of a virgin. 2.Jesus lived a human but perfect. 3.Jesus performed miracles. 4.Jesus died by crucifixion. 5.Jesus rose from the dead. 6.Jesus ascended into heaven. 7.Jesus has promised to return to earth.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 If there is no resurrection, then we ought to go home. We are to be a people most pitied.
Evidence for the Resurrection 1.The Empty Tomb a. Jerusalem factor b. Criterion of embarrassment c. Enemy’s platform
Evidence for the Resurrection 2. Eyewitnesses (500 – 515) 3. Transformed lives
Believe and Receive “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9