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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER

DECEMBER 2016 SERMONS

  

DECEMBER 4, 2016

 

WAITING WITH ANTICIPATION

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 1:1-15

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Titus 2:13

 

   Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

INTRO: As we enter the Christmas season many hearts are filled with anticipation.

 

·         Decorations

·         Music

·         Special food

·         Gifts

 

   It is the hope we have that drives the strength of our anticipation

 

   Those who have no hope fail to enjoy the anticipation of Christmas

 

I. THE HOPE WE HAVE

 

v  Adam & Eve lived in a time when hope was not needed

 

o    They lived in a perfect environment

o    They had perfect bodies

o    There every need was met

o    They fellowshipped with God every day

 

v  A time when there was not hope

 

o    They listened to the voice of Satan

o    They recognize their sins and tried to cover it up

o    They hid from God

 

v  The first glimmer of hope

 

   The promise of the coming of a Messiah (Savior)

Genesis 3:15 (BBE) And there will be war between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed: by him will your head be crushed and by you his foot will be wounded.

 

NOTE: This is the first of many Messianic Prophecies and it was given to Satan and not to Adam and Eve

 

   The first prophecy was a warning of judgment; the second prophecy was a promise of life

 

o    Satan would face the judgment of God

o    Jesus would suffer for our atonement

 

   The Messianic Prophecies progress slowly over the next 4,000 years

 

II. THE ANTICIPATION OF THE PROMISED SEED

 

v  The promise of the Messiah (seed) to come through Abraham

 

Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

 

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

 

v  The Messiah was to come through the tribe of Judah

 

Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

 

v  The promise of light in the time of darkness

 

Isaiah 9:2 (NIV) The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

 

III. THE ANTICIPATION OF THE MESSIAH’S BIRTH

 

o    The Messiah is to be born of a virgin

 

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 

o    The duel nature of His birth

 

Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

 

o    The place of his birth is foretold

 

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

NOTE: In spite of have great anticipation of the coming of the Messiah, most of those waiting missed it.

 

IV. ARE YOU ANTICIPATING THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST?

 

Acts 1:9-11 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 

NOTE: Jesus came the first time as the Lamb of God; He will come the second time as the Lion of Judah

 

   Jesus taught many Parables on His Second Coming, warning us to be ready as we know not when it will be.

 

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

 

      There are many who try to predict His Coming but the Word is very clear that no one knows when Jesus will come

 

   This causes many non-believers to doubt Jesus’ return

 

2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

 

   For the Believer the anticipation of Christ’s return fills our heart with hope.

 

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

CONCLUSION: Are you looking for that day with great anticipation when Christ shall come and it will bring the end to Satan and sin.

 

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

Revelation 21:1-4 (KJV) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

 

DECEMBER, 11 2016

 

THE SHAME THAT CHRISTMAS BRINGS

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 1:18-25

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 1:16

 

   For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

INTRO: The Christmas season is one of the most joyful times of the year

 

   Our hearts are filled with joy and anticipation of what Christmas means to us.

 

   On the most part we fail to see the dark clouds rising in the future

 

   As we draw closer to the end of time we are going to face greater attacks on our Christian Faith.

 

    We will be forced to deny (be ashamed) our Faith or will we will stand tall against the onslaught of the enemy. 

 

   Are we willing to suffer shame and ridicule for Jesus Christ?

 

   TWO WHO WERE WILLING TO SUFFER SHAME AND RIDICULE

 

1. MARY: Luke 1:26-56

 

NOTE: We often gloss over the story of Mary not considering what she had to face because of her willingness to obey God

 

   A. WHO WOULD BELIEVE HER STORY?

 

Ø  Who could she tell that an angel had come and told her she was to give birth to the Son of God?

 

Ø  She was a virgin, how could she become pregnant

 

Ø  How did her family treat her?

Ø  Why did Mary go to Elisabeth for three months?

 

NOTE: Mary’s parents are never mentioned in the Bible

 

Ø  How would Joseph react to her story

 

NOTE: Mary had to be willing to face shame and humiliation everywhere she went

 

   B. MARY WAS OBEDIENT TO GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS

 

NOTE: Do you believe that Mary travelled an easy road because she was willing to obey God?

 

   Consider many of the heroes of the Old Testament who were obedient to God but faced many hardships.

 

Ø  Abraham

Ø  Moses

Ø  Jeremiah

 

II. JOSEPH: Matthew 1:18-25

 

   A. JOSEPH STRUGGLED IN BELIEVING MARY’S STORY

  

Ø  By putting Mary away, he would be free from any responsibility towards Mary or the child

 

Ø  By accepting Mary he would bear the full responsibility of the child she was carrying

 

   B. JOSEPH ACCEPTED MARY AS HIS WIFE

 

NOTE: By taking Mary as his wife, he along with Mary faced many years of shame and humiliation.

 

Ø  Joseph could hear the snickers of those around them

 

Ø  Joseph may have faced the wrath of Mary’s family

 

Ø  Joseph may have found it hard to find good work

 

III. LIKE JOSEPH AND MARY WE MUST MAKE A CHOICE

 

NOTE: There is a very difficult road that lies ahead for the Believer.

 

   Will we stand fast against the onslaught of the enemy?

 

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

Ø  There will be many who will turn away from the Gospel

 

2 Thessalonians 2:3 (TLB) Don’t be carried away and deceived regardless of what they say. For that day will not come until two things happen: first, there will be a time of great rebellion against God, and then the man of rebellion will come—the son of hell.

 

John 12:42-43 (BBE) However, a number even of the rulers had belief in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not say so openly for fear that they might be shut out from the Synagogue: For the praise of men was dearer to them than the approval of God.

Ø  We must be willing to stand against the attacks of Satan

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 (GW) Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength. Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil's strategies. This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world. For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground. So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God's approval as your breastplate. Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace. In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies. Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God's people.

 

CONCLUSION: We must be willing to face shame and abuse because of our Believe in the Christmas Story

 

1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25 (GW) The message about the cross is nonsense to those who are being destroyed, but it is God's power to us who are being saved. Jews ask for miraculous signs, and Greeks look for wisdom, but our message is that Christ was crucified. This offends Jewish people and makes no sense to people who are not Jewish. But to those Jews and Greeks who are called, he is Christ, God's power and God's wisdom. God's nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

 

 

DECEMBER 25, 2016

 

THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 9:2-7 (ASV)

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 9:2 (ASV)

 

   The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

 

INTRO: Do you enjoy the lights of Christmas?

 

   The purpose of the Christmas lights is to shine forth the true meaning of Christmas into a sin darkened world.

 

   What is darkness other than the absence of light?

 

   The earth at one time was clothed in darkness

 

Genesis 1:2a And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

 

   God first brought light into a physically dark world…

 

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

 

   …then He brought light into a spiritual darkened world.

 

John 1:4-5 (NLT) The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

 

   Have you ever had to grope about in total darkness?

 

Deuteronomy 28:29 And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.

 

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

 

I. THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS BRINGS A MESSAGE: Luke 2:9-20

 

Luke 2:9-11 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. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

·         A MESSAGE OF HOPE

 

NOTE: The light of the Gospel brings message of hope into a sin darkened world.

 

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV) For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

 

·         A MESSAGE OF JOY

 

NOTE: The light of the angels brings a message of joy to the hearts of the shepherds

 

Proverbs 25:25 (KJV) As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

 

·         A MESSAGE OF PEACE

 

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

 

II. THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS GIVES US DIRECTION: Matthew 2:1-11

 

Matthew 2:9-10 When 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. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

 

NOTE: In this sin darkened world we need the light of Christmas to guide us to the Savior

 

   Satan seeks to destroy the Christmas lights of direction

 

Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

 

   It is the lights of Christmas that guides us out of sin darkness into God glorious light

 

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

 

   It is the Christmas lights of direction that will reveal the hidden traps of sin and Satan.

 

2 Peter 1:19 (NLT) Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.

 

NOTE: Sin’s darkness cannot overcome the lights of Christmas.

 

John 1:5 (GW) The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it.

 

   God has called us out of darkness into His light

 

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

 

III. JESUS IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS:

 

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 

   We either walk in His light or we walk in darkness

 

John 12:46 (GW) I am the light that has come into the world so that everyone who believes in me will not live in the dark.

 

John 12:35-36 (GW) Jesus answered the crowd, “The light will still be with you for a little while. Walk while you have light so that darkness won't defeat you. Those who walk in the dark don't know where they're going. While you have the light, believe in the light so that you will become people whose lives show the light.”

 

CONCLUSION: We as Believers have the responsibility and privilege of bearing the lights of Christmas into a sin darkened world.

 

Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven

 

 

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