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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

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.