Who Is This Child? (A Christmas Sermon)
Intro: At Christmas, the God of the universe entered His Creation. Without changing who He is, He showed us His love as never before. In the Christ child dwelt all the fullness of the Father.
I. He is The Word of God (John 1:1-18).
A. Eternal (vv. 1-2).
B. Powerful (vv. 3-5).
C. Present (v. 14).
II. He is the King
A. He has come
1. ‑"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?" (Matt. 2:2)
2. ‑"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt. 3:2)
B. He is present always (Matt. 28:20).
C. He will come again (Matt. 24:29-31).
III. He is the Suffering Servant
A. He is misunderstood (Is. 53:2-4).
B. ‑He is punished on our behalf (Is. 53:4-6).
IV. He is the Lamb of God
A. Innocent and Willing (Is. 53:7-9).
B. Atoning (John 1:29).
C. Worthy and Reigning (Rev. 5:11-14).
Conclusion: The Child in the manger is none other than Creator, Redeemer, and Ruler of all things. Worship Him in spirit and truth this Christmas.
7 Ways Trouble May Minister to You
Intro.: This verse is a Rainbow of Hope overarching our life as Christians.
I. Troubles May Bring a Correcting Ministry:
A. ‑"Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth" (Heb. 12:6).
B. ‑"Afterward [chastening] yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness" (Heb. 12:11).
C. ‑David: "Before I was afflicted I went astray" (Ps. 119:670.
D. So we can thank God for troubles.
II. ‑Troubles May Bring a Deepening Dependency:
A. Paul's thorn (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
B. ‑When we sail through life without difficulties, we don't depend on God.
C. ‑Blessings can become curses, when we become self-sufficient.
D. So we can thank God for troubles.
III. ‑Troubles May Bring a Confirming Testimony:
A. ‑Troubles come to us so we can comfort others (Cor. 1:3-4).
B. ‑‑Paul's prison experience furthered the gospel (Phil. 1:12).
C. ‑If troubles give us a stronger testimony, we can thank God.
IV. Troubles May Bring Increasing Maturity:
A. ‑God's plan for us is to be matured in the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29).
B. ‑We learn patience [endurance] through afflictions (James. 1:4).
C. So we can thank God for maturity.
V. Troubles May Bring Excelling Glory:
A. ‑Trials bring the Spirit of glory upon us (1 Pet. 4:1214).
B. ‑Examples are Stephen on trial (Acts 6:15); and 3 Hebrew youths in the fiery furnace (Dan. 3:16-27).
C. So we can thank God for troubles.
VI. Troubles May Bring Baffling Mystery:
A. ‑God's ways are high above our ways (Isa. 55:8-9; Deut. 29:29).
B. Warren Wiersbe notes that we live by promises, not explanations.
C. ‑So we can thank God for our unknowns also.
VII. Troubles WILL Bring Eternal Victory:
A. ‑"The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Rom. 8:18).
B. ‑We will understand that there IS victory in Jesus!
C. ‑So, can we not give thanks always, in all things?
From "Giving Thanks in Tough Times,"
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The People's Reaction to the Ministry of Christ
I. The Reaction in the Synagogue in Nazareth (vv. 28-30)-The Nazarenes drove Jesus out of the synagogue
A. The expression of rage (v. 28)
B. The escapade of destruction (v. 29)
C. The escape of Jesus (v. 30)
II. ‑The Reaction in the Synagogue in Capernaum (vv. 31-37)-The Nazarene cast a demon out of the synagogue
A. ‑They were filled with amazement (vv. 31-32)
B. They were filled with wonder (v. 36)
C. The district was filled with news v. (37)
The Wilderness-Part 2 of 3
Bread of Heaven
"And he humbled thee. And suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, buy by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live" (Deut 8:3 [Deut 8:1-6]).
Intro: Perhaps you would think that a wilderness experience only comes to the rebel-rouser or the trouble-maker; but not so. The wilderness experience comes to those whom God sees need a change, a challenge, or perhaps a push in the right direction. A wilderness experience can be a 40-year experience or a growth spurt that brings us closer to God quickly.
I. What "Wilderness" Means:
A. Desert: a dry barren wasteland
B. Forest: a large thick grove of trees
C. Pasture: Uninhabited place for herding
D. Spiritual: place of spiritual renewal
II. What the Wilderness Does:
A. ‑It brings us in direct contact with God (Ex. 16)
B. It gets us out of the way (James 4:10)
C. It brings spiritual growth (Eph. 3:17-19)
D. ‑I become everything through Jesus Christ (Phil. 4:13)
III. What the Wilderness Reveals
A. Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35-40)
B. ‑The Bread of Life will sustain you (John 6:47-51)
C. ‑We must put our trust in the Lord (Isaiah. 40:31)
D. ‑All who are hungry may come (Isa. 55:1, 2)
Conclusion: You cannot go so far into the wilderness that God cannot find you. But the wilderness is a big place and it might be a journey that you may not want to take. It is not for you to decide whether you will go, but you will never go alone.
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The Greatest Thing in the World
Intro.: There is nothing in the world greater than having our sins forgiven. What if we gained the whole world and then lost our own souls (Matt. 16:26)?
I. Who Needs It?
A. ‑Everyone, for all have sinned (Rom. 3:23).
B. ‑Everyone, for all have broken God's law (1 John 3:4).
C. ‑Everyone, for all have committed unrighteousness (1 John 5:17).
II Who Makes It Possible?
A. ‑God, because of His great love (John 3:16).
B. ‑Jesus, because of His sacrificial death (Rom. 5:6-11).
1. ‑To this purpose He was born (Matt. 1:21).
2. ‑To this purpose He lived (John 10:9-11).
3. ‑To this purpose He died (Matt. 26:26-28).
III. What Does It Mean?
A. Your sins are "purged" (Heb. 1:3).
B. Your sins are "put away" (Heb. 9:26).
C. Your sins are "blotted out" (Acts 3:19).
D. Your sins are "covered" (Rom. 4:7).
E. Your sins are "removed" (Ps. 103:12).
F. ‑Your sins are "remembered no more" (Heb. 10:17).
IV. How Is It Obtained?
A. ‑Through faith in the name of Jesus. (Acts 13:38-39; John 8:24; John 1:12; Acts 4:12).
B. ‑Through confession of the name of Jesus (Rom. 10:9-10).
C. ‑Through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38).
Conclusion: Forgiveness of sins is the greatest thing in the world! ALL your sins can be completely blotted out, never to be remembered again by God. You can obtain it today by obeying what Jesus said to do!
Peace On Earth Ministries