Monday, September 19, 2016

What We Believe - Where Is God? (The Doctrine of Incarnation)

Below are notes from our eighteenth discussion in a series entitled "What We Believe." This 14-session series considers the fundamental doctrines of Christians. This week we discussed the nature of incarnation. You may listen to a podcast of this session on the Cove Presbyterian PodBean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website ( for more church information.

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Focus of this Session
  • We’re in a series dealing with some of the great questions of faith/doctrines of the church.
  • During this session we’ll focus on the question: Where is God? To answer this, we’ll consider the Doctrine of the Incarnation. 
  • During the session, we’ll use the Bible to consider the nature of Christ’s humanity and divinity. 
  • Finally, we’ll look at the implications of the incarnation. 
Matthew 1:18-25

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And the origin of Jesus Christ was thus. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they had come together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And Joseph, her husband, because he was a righteous person and didn’t want her made an example, decided to divorce her in private. And after he’d made up his mind, behold, an angel of the Lord, through a dream, appeared to him and said, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the one who was conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. And she will bear a son, and you will call his name Jesus. For he will save his people from their sin.” And all this happened in order to fulfill the word from the Lord through the prophet, saying,
Behold the virgin will conceive and will bear a son,
and they will call his name Emmanuel.
(which is translated, “with us, is God”) 
And after Joseph arose from sleep, he did just what the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and he took his wife. And he had no marital relations with her until she had bore a son, and he called his name Jesus.

The Significance of Emmanuel 
  • God with us
  • With us is God

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