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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 1-1-12

 
 
MORE OF CHIST
 
          Text: Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
 11If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
 12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
 
 
 
          13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
 
          Don't let our failures and shortcomings detour us from achieving the goals we set before us.
 
          1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
 
          1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
          21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. We know that God has forgiven us.
 
          Romans 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
 
 
Accept nothing less than the best
 
          14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
 
          Be persistent. Don't ever settle for where you are now.
I am mature
 
          15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
 
          Let God show you the aera in your life where there is room for improvement.
 
          16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
 
 
          Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
 
          Paul knew he could not attain the righteousness by his own effort or the keeping of the law.
          Whatever we achieve will be by the power of God.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 12-25-11

THE BEST GIFT
 
Text: Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
           2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
           3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
          7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
          8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
          9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
          10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
           11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
 
They followed the star to Jerusalem first.
          The wise men sought directions from Herod who in turn consulted the chief priests and scribes.
 
          They found him in a cottage. I would have looked in palaces for a king.
          The wise men weren't detoured by his location
 
          The first response was to worship him.
 
          The next thing they did was to present him with gifts.
         
          Gold= tribute to Jesus as king.
 
          Frankincense= honoring him as God.
 
         Myrrh= signified his mortal or human nature.
 
 
          We talk about the spirit of Christmas! What does that mean?
 
          Giving gifts? Doing for others?
 
          I think most people set aside all the normal activities of life for this time so they can give of themselves to others.
         
          Let's name some things we have seen this year that expresses the love of God to others.
 
          Inasmuch as ye have it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
 
          You have given to Jesus and haven't realized it.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 12-18-11

SHEPHERDS SEE HIM
 
Text: Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
          9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
          10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
          11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 
Why shepherds?
 
          Why not the church leaders or the political leaders? Actually it was all of these.
 
          God spoke through the shepherds and he spoke through Zacharias the high priest who was the father of John the Baptist and you could say he spoke to Herod the governor.
 
          God could have spoken to those on the Sanhedrin court but they wouldn't have listened.
 
          God speaks to those who will listen. The upper class is not exempt from the voice of God.
 
 
The message is great joy
 
          Merry Christmas, happy holidays or Seasons greetings is lame compared to the words of the angles, I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY. These words really excited the shepherds. Their response was immediate. They went without delay to see this great event.
 
 
The message is personal and to everyone
 
          Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 
          Notice the good tidings of great joy were to THEM. This thing is personal and to all people.
          The Lord spoke to the shepherds and the wise men.
 
          Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said; of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.
 
         
          The Christmas cards, food and gifts as well meaning as they are can not compare to the joy that Jesus gives.
 
          1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
 
 
How did they react?
 
          Luke 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
 
          The shepherds didn't hesitate.
 
          16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
          17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
          18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
 
 
The shepherds couldn't hold it in what they had seen.
 
          20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
 
 
          When you place the star on top of the Christmas think of the wise men. If it's an angle on top of the tree think of the shepherds and when you see a nativity scene think of the bringing together of God and man.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 12-11-11

PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS
 
Text: Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
          2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
          3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
 
 
          Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
          4Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
           5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
 
 
          Christmas is near. I can tell because i see all the preparation taking place. Christmas trees are for sale in the tree lots. Trees are being decorated at home and in church. Gifts are being wrapped. Christmas cards are being sent. The Christmas village at Nancy's house is going up. The lines at the post office are growing longer etc…
 
          Yes Christmas is almost here. Do you sense the excitement?
 
          Was John the Baptist preparing for the Christmas holiday or was he preparing for the Messiah Jesus Christ? Let's take a look.
 
          In ancient times when kings set out to visit some place in his dominion men went before him to prepare the way. The road was repaired. Obstacles were remover. Resting places were made ready etc…
 
 
 
 
 
 
How can we prepare
 
          Prayer;
          Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
 
          When we pray we prepare our hearts for him to come to us at Christmas time.
 
          Many obstacles can be removed through prayer.
 
          The greatest revivals in history started with prayer.
 
         
Attitudes and actions; 
          Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
           5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
 
          Christmas is a time of giving. We don't give because we expect to receive in return.
         
          Our attitude should reflect the presence of God that is in our lives.
 
 
Concern for those around us;
          John 4:35 Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
          What can we do for the community this Christmas?
 
          We demonstrate the love of God.
 
          Give of yourself to the less fortunate. Give of your time. Give a word of encouragement.
 
 
 
Prepare the way for Jesus by witnessing
 
          Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
 
          A witness is one who tells what he has seen and relates his own experience.
          Tell people what Christmas is really about. Tell them how they can have this great relationship that you have with him.
 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 12-4-11

THE TIME IS RIGHT
 
          Text: Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
          5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
 
          One translation of the bible says; When the time was right God entered the world in the person of Jesus.
         
 
 
John the Baptist prepared the way
 
 
          Every thing was right for this event. This was a remarkable blending of humanity and divinity.
 
The timing was perfect.
 
 
          There was unity in the Roman empire that gave freedom for the spreading of the gospel.
 
          The routes of commerce, shipping lanes and Roman highways made it possible for the spreading of the gospel.
 
          The Greek language commonly spoken in all provinces of the empire made communication possible to all the people. (This language began to spread with Alexander the great three hundred years before and became the common language of the empire). See the eights chapter of Daniel.
 
 
What was the purpose?
 
          The purpose of the coming of the Lord was to redeem us from the bondage of the law.
 
          Galatians 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
 2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
 3Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.
 
          Any form of legalism is bondage.
          When we were under the Mosaic law we were as servants. We were under tutors waiting for graduation.
 
          Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
 24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
 25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
 26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
 
 
Redemption
 
 4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
 5To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
 6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
 7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
 
          God robed himself in flesh so that we can have his spirit in us.