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The Person and Work of Jesus

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The central theme of Christian theology, that which gives it its Christian character, is the coming of Jesus into the world as its Savior from sin. His coming is both a revelation of the character of God as holy love and also the supreme act of love by which God reconciles sinful people to himself.


1. Jesus Christ as God and Man (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11)

A. Deity of Jesus

B. Humanity of Jesus

1. Characteristics

2. Paradox

i. Truly God

ii. Truly human

3. Docetism

4. Jesus “emptying himself”

5. Birth of Jesus

2. The ministry of jesus (Mark 1:14-45; Luke 4:14-30)

A. Jesus came to earth to proclaim the Kingship of God

B. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies

C. Suffering Servant of God (Isaiah 40-53)

D. Deliverer of men and women from the bonds of sin and evil

E. The ministry of Jesus was the revelation of God in both his love and judgment

3. Death and resurrection of Jesus (Luke 22-24)

A. Unique circumstances surrounding the death of Jesus

B. Significance of the resurrection

i. Vindication of Jesus

ii. Adequate means of salvation for all

iii. Death is not final

iv. Christ's victory

C. Ascension

4. The need for the cross

5. The cross shows us God’s love (1 John 4:7-12)

6. The cross as a sacrificial offering (Hebrews 9)

A. Giving up of something previous

B. Done for the benefit of others

C. Made to God

7. The cross as deliverance from sin (Revelation 5:1-14)

A. Victory

B. Redemption