Chestnut Ridge Church
Down to Earth—Part 3
Though Jesus was the Son of God and Creator of the universe, He chose to enter this world under amazingly modest circumstances—as a baby, born to an ordinary couple, and placed in a trough. The angels even announced His birth to the humble shepherds, not to civic or religious leaders. Although the details are simple, the birth of Jesus is remarkable. Join us for the December series, Down to Earth, as we explore how this extraordinary event has had an impact in all of our lives.
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

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Today's Music
Angels We Have Heard on High, Live Again, On My Heart, How Great is Your Love

http://www.theridge.church/studentparty Today, December 15–Students in middle school and high school are invited to the Ridge Students Christmas Party this evening at 4:30pm! Enjoy food, fun and games with your friends! Dress in your best Christmas gear—ugly sweaters and Santa hats are welcome! Bring a friend with you and don’t miss out on this holiday fun!

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Problem:We tend to be prideful, disobedient, and selfish.
Solution: God calls us to be humble, obedient, servants who share Jesus with the world.
The Doctrinal Importance of the Virgin Birth
Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology

• It shows that salvation ultimately must come from the Lord. The virgin birth of Christ is an unmistakable reminder that salvation can never come through human effort, but must be the work of God himself.

• The virgin birth made possible the uniting of full deity and full humanity in one person. This was the means God used to send his Son (John 3:16, Gal. 4:4) into the world as a man. If we think for a moment of other possible ways in which Christ might have come to the earth, none of them would so clearly unite humanity and deity in one person.

• The virgin birth also makes possible Christ’s true humanity without inherited sin (or “original sin”). Jesus did not descend from Adam in exactly the same way in which every other human being has descended from Adam. And this helps us to understand why the legal guilt and moral corruption that belongs to all other human beings did not belong to Christ.
Mary was favored because the Lord set his undeserved grace upon her, not because she had earned good standing. –HCSB Study Bible
“Gabriel was careful to point out that the Baby would be a “holy thing” and would not share the sinful human nature of man. Jesus knew no sin (2 Cor. 5:21), He did no sin (1 Peter 2:22), and He had no sin (1 John 3:5). His body was prepared for Him by the Spirit of God (Heb. 10:5) who “overshadowed” Mary. That word is applied to the presence of God in the holy of holies in the Jewish tabernacle and temple (Ex. 40:35). Mary’s womb became a holy of holies for the Son of God!" –Warren Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary
“Mary’s response is a classic model of humble commitment, I am the Lord’s slave, and willing obedience, may it be done to me according to your word." –HCSB Study Bible
Are you like Mary?
• Humble
• Obedient
• Servant of God
God chose Mary to bring Jesus into the world.
God chose us to share Jesus with the world.
Mary, Did You Know?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God

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