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355960 E. 960 Rd
Stroud, OK 74079
USA

(918)968-3050

Deer Creek is a Southern baptist community church in rural Oklahoma just North of Prague and just South of Stroud.

We live in a lost and dying world which continues to pursue its failing strategies for meaning and fulfillment in life. While people often look good on the outside, their lives are often more accurately characterized by self indulgence, guilt, lust, confusion and despair. Seeking this own remedies, man continues his downward spiral toward eternal separation from God.

 

Man's only hope is the person of Jesus Christ. For men to turn to Christ, they must be told about Him and see His reality displayed in the lives of His followers. As the body of Christ, the Church is the visible earthly representation of who He is. Deer Creek Baptist Church has the two fold purpose of leading people to Christ and maturing them in the faith.

 

Our expression of this purpose is:

 

To become a church that manifests the love of the living Christ, by equipping our members to live lifestyles of Spiritual Integrity which are biblically accurate, personally pure, family centered, evangelistically bold, socially responsible. Further, by equipping our members to serve. Unleashing them with confidence into our community and world, putting others first in service to Christ.

 

Sermon Blog

Outside the Camp

Mike Haines

Hebrews 13:12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

When Christ was offered, it was a shameful act. We look at the glory and grandeur of the sacrifice of Christ, but we do so in retrospective. If we were there, if we had watched it play out, if we had lived our lives in an honor based society, then it would not have been glorious or grand. It would have be appalling. It would have been appalling because he was brought so low, shamed so completely and dishonored. And now, in full view of the benefits of his sacrifice, we are called to the same. 

Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

Being humbled as a servant is a major aspect of the life of the Christian. Romans 12 tells us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. We are told to consider others as higher than ourselves. We are called to be sacrificed outside the camp.

Christ's Humanity

Mike Haines

Hebrews 2:14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery...17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Notice in this section the cause / effect statements:

2:14 Since... he himself partook...

2:17 Therefore he had to...

2:18 For because... he is able..

Christ's incarnation was not a fancy or a lark. Christ did not come as a man because he wanted to know what being a man was like. The incarnation was the only way to redeem mankind.

Verse 14 says that man is flesh and blood, so he became flesh and blood. Let me put it a different way. Man is subject to death and greatly limited, so he became subject to death and greatly limited. Philippians 2:7 says "but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men." He emptied himself. He set part of himself aside and was formed as a servant.

So how much humanity did he have? So how much deity did he have? Hebrews 2:7 says "Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect." Gregory of Nazianzus stated "That which is unassumed is unhealed," in his argument against the ancient Apollinarian heresy. Romans declares that Jesus is the second Adam.

Luke Stamps, assistant professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University, wrote, "... Christ is in possession of an unfallen human nature, but during his state of humiliation he lived and moved and had his being in a fallen world. So even the incarnate God was not immune from the horrors of fallen existence. 'For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Heb. 4:15).'"

Very God of Very God... like his brothers in every respect.

Hebrews 1:1-4 week 4

Mike Haines

We often play with ideas from the bible that we consider difficult or even paradoxical to understand like the question of God's sovereignty and our freedom (as in Joseph's declaration "you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good..."), but almost nothing compares to the idea presented in Philippines 2, "...Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men."

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Hebrews 1:1-4 Week 3

Mike Haines

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father;

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Hebrews 1:1-4 Week 2

Mike Haines

Our challenge in Hebrews is to allow the author to walk us through this incredible journey that God has brought his people through. We want to see the majesty and grandeur of the fulfilment of specific prophesy and the provision of our salvation. The Father has treated us like darling children that he has revealed his intentions and his capability throughout human history.

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Hebrews 1:1-4

Mike Haines

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

George Guthrie points out the Chiastic structure of verses 2b - 4. A chiasm is a literary device to emphasize the statement in the center of the structure (read the linked article on Chiastic for a full explanation)

This Chiasm emphasizes the deity of Christ. Christ is the Radiance of God's glory and He bears the God's stamp. 

A. God has appointed Christ as heir

       B. Through him the Father created the world

             C. He is the radiance of God's glory

             C. He bears God's stamp

      B. He governs the universe (through the incarnation he made purification for sins.) 

A. He sat down at the right hand of God. 

* (Guthrie, George, The NIV Application Commentary)

Verse 1-2a tell us that the Father spoke through prophets and revelation. this is obviously the scriptures we read today. But in these last days, God has spoken in Christ; not through Christ, but IN Christ. Christ reveals God because He is the radiance of God's glory, the exact imprint of His nature. Christ is by nature God.