“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, ESV)

04/06/2023 – Morning Service: How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

Bible Readings:

Matthew 1:18 – 25

Acts 4:1 – 31

Sermon Outline:

Matthew 1:20–21 (NKJV)

20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

I Who is Jesus? The disciples’ discovery of Jesus to be the Saviour of the world

Matthew 16:15–16 (NKJV)

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

John 20:27–28 (NKJV)

27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Acts 4:12 (NKJV)

12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

1 Timothy 2:5 (NKJV)

5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

II Who is Jesus? The Christian’s encounter with the living Christ

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 11

QUESTION 29. Why is the Son of God called JESUS, that is Saviour?
Because He saves us from our sins; and no salvation is to be either sought or found in any other.
Matt. 1:21. And thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.
Acts 4:12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
John 6:38. 1 Tim. 1:15. 1 Cor. 3:11.

QUESTION 30. Do such then believe in the only Saviour Jesus, who seek their salvation and welfare of saints, of themselves, or anywhere else?
No; although they may make their boast of Him, yet in act they deny the only Saviour Jesus. For either Jesus is not a complete Saviour, or they who by true faith receive this Saviour, must have in Him all that is necessary to their salvation.
Col. 1:19, 20. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; and by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
1 Cor. 1:13. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Gal. 5:4. Historical examples: Acts 14:8–18. Paul and Barnabas at Lystra.

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
and drives away his fear.

John Newton