More Than a Name
Dec 01 2019 • Greg Boyd
Before a baby is born, parents flip through name books and ponder one of the first big decisions they have for their child. Will it be a family name? A name with special meaning? Conventional or unique?
Before God sent his son as a baby, he carefully selected his own names: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father, Immanuel.
But why these five? What do these names tell us about God, and how might the titles of Jesus speak to our biggest questions and life’s deepest mysteries? This Christmas season, join us for a 5-week series to learn what the names of Jesus reveal about him, and what they mean for all of us.
Sermons in this series:
Dan wraps up our More Than a Name series with a special Christmas Eve service on Jesus’ name of Immanuel — what it really means that “God is with us”, and how we tend to carry this piece of scripture out.
Jesus is our everlasting Father. This is not a reference to Jesus actually being the first person of the Trinity. Instead it means the Jesus is our eternal source, which means that Jesus gives us an alternative narrative that empowers us to escape the narrative of death.
What does it mean that Jesus was the Prince of Peace? What is meant by Peace, anyway? And what does it mean for how we are meant to live?
We often say that Jesus is the “mighty God,” but what exactly does that mean? How did he come and put on display the might of God? What does the Christmas story tell us about God’s might? The answers to these questions don’t fit common conventional thinking, but if we don’t understand the way that Jesus lived out the might of God, we miss everything.
Topics: Defense of Christian Faith,
In the Old Testament, a name is more than what someone is called. It points deeper to his or her character. In the first message of our More Than a Name Christmas series, Greg explores the context of Isaiah 9 and what it meant for Jesus to be prophesied as a Wonderful Counselor.
Identity in Christ