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Lucien Coleman: A Christmas Sermon (John 1:1-18)
Lucien Coleman, a member of Clear Fork Baptist Church in Weatherford, Texas, and longtime seminary professor and minister in Kentucky and later in Texas, exposits on the introduction to John—the fourth Gospel—and how the Word, who is Jesus, is qualitatively different from everything else a person can proclaim. He refers to the great missionary, E. Stanley Jones, and his experiences with people from other world religions to demonstrate his point and to issue a personal challenge. The manuscript for this sermon is available here.
The Word is also the giver of life. Have you ever noticed that it was by his word that God breathed life into the dry bones of Ezekiel 37:4? “O dry bones,” the prophet says, “hear the word of the Lord.” And this truth is emphasized again in John 1:4, where John writes, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
This sermon was delivered during the morning worship service at First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, Texas on December 20, 2015.