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And He Himself gave some to be....evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ...
- Ephesians 4:11-12

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Pastor - Providence Reformed Baptist Church
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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve Services 2006

We are pleased to have several sermons to post online today as a result of the services at our churches on this Christmas Eve. The first is a message by Pastor Way titled Why Did Jesus Come? This examination of the encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus recorded in Luke 19:1-10 reveals several key truths about the gospel, the reason behind Jesus coming to be born as the Son of Man, and about our responsibility to be a constant and faithful witness to the lost. Jesus tells us that He has come to "seek and save that which was lost" and we know from the teachings of Paul found in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that we are ambassadors of Christ, working with Him as He seeks and saves the lost. Our role in this endeavor is that of one who represents Christ and pleads with sinners to be reconciled to God. To listen to this message, click on the sermon title above.

Mr. Jonathan Hunt was privileged to speak at both services today at his church. This morning he preached a message titled Zacharias: One in A Thousand. The text is found in Luke 1:5-25 and Jonathan explains that the message involves learning lessons for Christian life from Zacharias and his encounter with the Angel Gabriel.

This evening's carol service was concluded as he preached a message titled The Virgin Birth: Myth or Vital Fact? taken from the text in Luke 1:26-37. This is a brief evangelistic message which explores simply the reason for the Virgin Birth and shows the futility of our faith without it.

TIME in the Word Ministries hopes that you and yours have a Merry Christmas, remembering that we celebrate the Incarnation - that day when God became and Man and came to ratify the New Covenant with His own blood, redeeming us from the curse of sin and the wrath of God and giving to us eternal life in His presence forever.

Joy to the World
(click for music)
by Isaac Watts

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love


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