THE WORD: God Made Flesh
TEXT: JOHN 1:14–18
ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE (12.27.2020)
CALL TO WORSHIP:
This morning we have reason to rejoice as we continue to celebrate Christ’s first coming….Let us shout for joy!
“Steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
“Angels From Realms of Glory”
“To God Be The Glory”
“How Great Is Our God”
This morning we are going to recite the “Symbol of Chalcedon” also called the “Chalcedonian Creed.” Written in A.D. 451 at the 4th Ecumenical Council, it completes the ancient church’s orthodox doctrine about Christ. While previous creeds had accurately declared Christ to be both God and man, The Chalcedonian Creed sought to clarify what that meant, and to rule out false teachings prevalent at the time. This creed is affirmed around the world by Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox believers. Let’s declare it together!
The Chalcedonian Creed (A. D. 451)
We, then, following the holy fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable soul and body; consubstantial with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures; inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the prophets from the beginning have declared concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.
“Fairest Lord Jesus”
READ SERMON TEXT:
Title: The Word: God Made Flesh
Main Idea: The greatest miracle of the greatest glory and the greatest grace is the greatest gospel imaginable.
I. The Greatest Miracle
II. The Greatest Glory
III. The Greatest Grace
IV. The Greatest Gospel
“Amazing Grace (These Chains Are Gone)”