Why the Virgin Birth is Essential

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #53 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Larry King was once asked who he would most want to interview if he could choose any person from all of history. He said that person would be Jesus Christ. The questioner said, ‘If you could interview Jesus Christ, what would you like to ask Him?’ Larry King replied, “I would like to ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.”

Followers of Jesus Christ believe that Jesus Christ was in fact virgin-born. This is one of the foundation stones of the Christian faith. A great deal rests on the fact of Jesus being born of the virgin Mary without the aid of a human father. Without this essential part of God’s redemption process, our salvation would rest on a very shaky foundation.

What is it about the virgin birth that makes it so essential? Why is it so crucial to the redemptive plan of God? Today, allow me to share with you three reasons why we cannot do without the virgin birth if we are to have salvation from sin and eternal life with God in heaven.

1. The virgin birth is essential because without it, Jesus would not have been sinless.

2. The virgin birth is essential because without it, prophecy would not have been fulfilled.

3. The virgin birth is essential because without it, Jesus could not have been the Son of God.

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Is Jesus God?

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #52 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — John 8:51-59

Most people agree that Jesus Christ was a historical figure. Most people agree that Jesus Christ was a good, moral man. Most people agree that Jesus was a great religious teacher. And most people even agree that if you follow Jesus’ teachings, you will live a better, happier life. But that is about where most people stop.

Many people are not willing to say that Jesus Christ is God. They are not willing to say that Jesus Christ is divine. Josh McDowell said, “Why don’t the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn’t claim to be God, but Jesus did.”

Today, I want to show you that, not only was Jesus a great teacher, not only did Jesus teach us about God, but Jesus Himself claimed to be God. For that is where the rubber meets the road. If Jesus Christ is not God, then He is of no more consequence than other religious, moral, or philosophical teachers. He would rank no higher than Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, Muhammad, Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama. But if Jesus is who He says He is then that is a situation that we all must deal with.

1. First of all, I want us to look at Jesus’ claims of divinity.

2. The second thing I want you to notice is that Jesus acted in the stead of God.

3. The third thing I want us to notice is that the testimony of other Bible writers back up Jesus’ claims that He is God.

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Three Reasons Why We Can Trust the Bible

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #51 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — I Peter 1:24-25: “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

The Bible is perhaps the most contested book in all of history. No other book has been banned, burned, and confiscated as much as the Bible. Yet, no other book has made so many people so willing to die for what it says. After so much turmoil surrounding the Bible down through the centuries, 1 Peter 1:25 makes a lot of sense — “the word of the Lord endureth forever.”

Many people, today, still have questions about the Bible. They want to know whether it is a book of truth or a book of made up stories. They want to know what will happen if they follow its teachings. They want to know whether or not the Bible is reliable in what it says. Well, I am one of those who has read and followed the teachings of the Bible for many years, and I can tell you that the Bible has never failed me. It is has proven to be true in all of its claims throughout my experience.

But for those of you who are not as familiar with the Bible, allow me to share with you three reasons why we can trust the Bible.

1. The first reason why we can trust the Bible is because the text of the Bible is reliable.

2. The second reason why we can trust the Bible is because of its remarkable unity.

3. The third reason why we can trust the Bible is because it is life-changing.

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If God Created the Universe, then You Will Have to Deal With that God (Meeting God at the Crossroads of Faith, Science, Truth & Reason)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #49 (REVISED EDITION) | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Hebrews 11:1-3: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

There is a lot of misunderstanding about faith nowadays. Some people believe that faith actually contradicts facts. Michael Shermer, editor of The Skeptical Inquirer, scoffed that, “The whole point of faith is to believe regardless of the evidence, which is the very antithesis of science.”

I believe that Mr. Shermer is mistaken in his view. There are many ways in which scientific evidence actually backs up what many people believe by faith. However, scientific evidence is not sufficient to facilitate a belief in God or in the saving work of Jesus Christ. There are many people who accept the evidence that points to the existence of God and the saving work of Jesus Christ. Yet many of these people still have not placed their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. That is the step that takes faith. One can not simply accept the facts. One must act on the facts to be saved.

The available evidence from the latest scientific research is convincing more and more scientists that facts support faith. For those of you who are the more intellectual type, today, I want to share with you some ideas regarding faith, science, truth, and reason that I believe will help you make the decision to begin a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

On this matter of faith and science, notice with me three things:

1. God is the God of faith and reason.

2. God is the God of truth.

3. God is the God of personal relationships.

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God’s Answers to Atheists

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #48 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Psalm 14:1: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

Psalm 53:1: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.”

If you have been following the changes in our society and culture, you have no doubt heard of a group of people called the “new atheists.” Their numbers are growing at a rapid pace. A recent Gallup poll reports that five percent of Americans say they don’t believe in God. That may seem like a small number, but in reality, it isn’t, considering that just seven years ago, only one percent of Americans called themselves atheists.

Though there are many of these so-called “new atheists”, three of them stand out because they have written bestselling books over the past few years that promote their views. Their names are Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens who died last year. Previously, atheism carried a stigma with it; people didn’t come out and publicly declare themselves atheists because it was looked down upon. But these “new atheists” are very aggressive in their beliefs. They not only condemn belief in God, they condemn those who have respect and tolerance for a belief in God. To them, religion is not just wrong; it’s evil, and they say society would be better without it.

Someone once told the story of a philosophy professor who was teaching a course and he warned the class that he was going to give them a test the next day. When the day came, he entered the classroom, placed his chair on his desk and, turning to the blackboard, he wrote, “Prove to me this chair does not exist.”

Most of the nervous students began intently scribbling out a long answer. But one member of the class wrote down just two words, and then handed his paper to the teacher.

On the paper, the student had wrote: “What chair?”

I think this is often what happens when a determined atheist is asked to prove what he believes. He simply looks around and asks, “What God? I don’t see Him.”

Yet, if an atheist were to honestly look at the world, I believe he would see numerous reasons to believe in the existence of God. Now, the fact of the matter is, no one can conclusively prove or disprove the existence of God. You cannot put God in a testube and examine Him. But what we can do is provide reasons for our beliefs, and that is what I wish to do today.

On yesterday, we talked about how the incredible order of the universe, the precise design of the human body, and the coming of Jesus Christ to earth are all reasons to believe in God. Today, I want to show you three answers which God gives to atheists’ objections to His existence.

1. The first answer is the fact that there is morality in human nature.

2. The second answer which God gives to atheists is the fact that there is spirituality in human nature.

3. The third answer which God gives to atheists is the fact that so many people have given their testimony of a relationship with God.

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Why You Should Believe In the Invisible God

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #47 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — John 1:18: “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Perhaps the most pressing question regarding the Bible is not whether or not the Bible is true, but whether or not the God the Bible speaks of is real. Did He really do all that the Bible says He did? Is He really like what we read of in the Bible? John 1:18 tells us that nobody has ever seen God. It is easy for us to think that if God wants us to believe in Him, He should make Himself visible so we could talk to Him, touch Him, hear Him verbally and see Him with our own eyes. Yet, God remains invisible.

We often speak of the sun rising and the sun setting. In reality, the sun does not move. The earth turns and gives the appearance that the sun is moving. We describe the sky as blue. But any astronaut will tell you that the sky does not have a color. Just because we see something does not necessarily give us reason to believe it.

What about invisible things? You cannot see gravity, yet it works everyday keeping you on the ground. You cannot see radio waves, yet when you turn on the radio in your car, you hear people talking and music playing. What I am saying is that you cannot base your belief in something on whether or not you can see it. Whether God is visible or invisible does not really tell us anything about His existence.

Is it possible to believe in an invisible God? Is it reasonable to believe in an invisible God? I believe that it is. Let me show you three reasons why.

1. One reason why you should believe in an invisible God is because of the signs in nature that point to Him.

2. Another reason why you should believe in an invisible God is because of the intricate design of your very own body.

3. A third reason why you should believe in an invisible God is because of the life of a famous person named Jesus Christ.

+ Plus, listen to Andrew Peterson singing “Great Invisible God” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The History of Hell (Part 3)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #46 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — Luke 16:19-31

A Danish minister wrote a novel titled “Letters from Hell.” In it a man named Otto dies in the prime of life, he goes to Hell, and then he begins to relate the torments and regrets that are the consequences of the self-centered life that he led. As Otto wanders through Hell, he also describes the fate of other lost souls who inhabit that place of torment, one of them who happens to be his own mother.

What would it be like if we were to actually receive a letter from someone who was in Hell today? What kind of effect would it have upon us? Well, today, we have something close to a letter from Hell. We have the story of a rich man who died and went to Hell. Yes, the Bible gives us the testimony that fell from the parched lips of a man burning in Hell!

1. First of all, notice with me, that after death, your arrival at your eternal destination is immediate.

2. Secondly, notice with me what the rich man took with him to Hell.

3. Thirdly, notice with me that after you die, there is no hope left.

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