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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER

DECEMBER 2017 SERMONS

  

DECEMBER 3, 2017

“Leaving A Legacy”

Introduction: New sermon series: “Messages from the LORD” Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Wise Men

Scripture Text: Luke 1:5-

V. 5 – Herod the Great: Roman appointed official of Judea

Known for his many fortresses, aqueducts, and theaters.

Considered mentally unstable (10 wives, 14 children); murdered some of his own.

Greatest achievement: The Second Temple.

The Second Temple:

-              Temple utensils/items returned by Cyrus the Great of Persia that were originally taken in Babylonian captivity.  400 years.

-              Herod built lots of temples to placate the surrounding populate (politician)

-              Only priests allowed in temple, Jews in temple areas under threat of death. Court for Gentiles (not temple ground)

-              Same dimensions of Solomon’s temple with larger surrounding courts (with a Greek flair).  Marble, gold, and other costly stones. “As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of the disciples said to him, ‘Look Rabbi!  What massive stones!  What magnificent buildings!’” (Mark 13:1)

V.6 – Huge achievement & compliment

V.7 – Huge mark of shame - Women were to bear children with the hope of fulfilling Genesis 3:15 (the promise of Messiah)

V.8 – Winning the Lottery; Estimated 20,000 priests at this time (Odds are this event wouldn’t happen twice in anyone’s life)

Incense was offered twice daily: Morning & after evening sacrifice. 2 Attendants prepared: 1st cleared the previous ashes, 2nd placed coals from the sacrifice

Most Honorable: Present incense & prayer for the people/self

V.12 – Startled.  No one’s supposed to be there. (Prayer time is quiet)

V.14, 15a        What a parent hopes and dreams for their child

V.15b              The Command: Avoid wine & alcohol

V.16, 17           The Promise: Prepare the way of the Lord

V.18                 Our doubts and lack of faith don’t just impact us, but those around us suffer as well.  God’s direct communication.

Elizabeth: First child; Unable to communicate with Zechariah

Zechariah’s attempt to keep up with writing

V.21 “We know how long it usually takes”

V.23,24         Time to meditate, reflect, prepare, focus on growth.

*It’s okay to have seasons of withdrawal*

V.25         What’s God’s grace and favor to us?

What were the things that John’s parents taught him?  What prepared him for the wilderness when they weren’t around?

CHALLENGE:

What are the things we want to prepare for the legacy (spiritual & physical) behind us? What is the vision God has given us from the upcoming 2017?  Prayerfully consider what God is calling us to.

 

DECEMBER 10, 2017

 

WHY MARY?

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 1:26-38

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

 

INTRO: Have you ever dreamed of being used of God for some important purpose?

 

   Do you feel you are inadequate to be used by God?

 

   There have been those whom God has used mightily and many lives have been changed through their ministry.

 

   For every one of these there has been thousands who we have never heard of, who have been obedient to the call of God.

 

   Too often we are more concerned with human qualifications then with spiritual

 

1 Corinthians 1:25-28 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

 

   It is God Who qualifies those whom He has called

 

I. WHY MARY

 

NOTE: People are often judged by where they come from.

 

   Some people are born on the right side of the tracks; some are born on the wrong side of the tracks.

  

   Mary lived is the town of Nazareth

 

Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

 

NOTE: Nazareth was a despised city, considered inferior by the rest of Israel.

 

   To come from Nazareth, therefore, or to be a Nazarene, was the same as to be despised, and esteemed of low birth;

 

   Satan seeks to snatch every point of our faith by trying to convince us that we are unworthy to be used by God.

 

NOTE: Mary was just a peasant girl, she was of no importance

 

   Joseph was just a lowly carpenter

 

   This angel is sent from God, not to the palaces of the great, but to a poor maid, the wife of a carpenter.[1]

 

   Surely God wouldn’t seek to use such people

 

   God is no respecter of persons or places. He will use a peasant girl from Nazareth as He would use as a priest from Jerusalem.

 

Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

 

   A. MARY’S QUALIFICATIONS

 

NOTE: God is not as concern with our physical qualifications as He is with our spiritual qualifications’

 

Ø  Mary was a virgin

 

   Not only did Mary seek physical purity, she also sought spiritual purity.

 

Luke 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

 

Ø  Mary was chosen by God for a particular task

 

Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

 

   As being chosen in preference to all the women upon earth, to be the mother of the Messiah.[2]

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Ø  Mary was willing

 

   Mary didn’t understand what was going to happen, but she was still willing to be used by God

 

Luke 1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

 

Luke 1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

 

Ø  Mary had great courage

 

NOTE: How often do we consider the turmoil that Mary had to go through?

 

   Would anyone believe her story?

 

o   What would her parents say?

o   How would Joseph react?

o   How would the neighbors treat her?

 

Matthew 5:11 (GW) “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me.

 

II. HOW ABOUT US

 

NOTE: Are we willing to be like Mary

 

Ø  We must be seeking to live a life of holiness

 

1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

 

   Sexual sins are running rampant in our society and in the Church today.

 

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 

Ø  We have been called of God for a particular task

 

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

 

Matthew 4:19 (GW) Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish.”

 

Ø  We must be willing and obedient

 

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

 

Ø  We must have great courage

 

NOTE: When God calls us He will equip us

 

Isaiah 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

  God qualifies the called

 

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

 

 

DECEMBER 24, 2017

 

THE MESSAGE OF THE ANGEL

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 2:8-20

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 2:10-11

 

   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.

 

INTRO: What is so special about Jesus’ birth?

 

Ø  Jesus was born in a smelly stable

Ø  Jesus was born in poverty.

Ø  Jesus was born in humiliation.

Ø  Jesus was born into a corruptible world full of sin and selfishness, greed and unkindness.

 

Ø  Only lowly shepherds acknowledged His birth

 

I. WHY SHEPHERDS?

 

Ø  The life of a shepherd was not a life of ease.

 

Ø  Their only purpose was to care for the sheep.

 

Ø  Sheep are not an easy animal to care for.

 

Ø  They need a lot of hands on attention.

 

Ø  Sheep stink therefore shepherd also stank

 

Ø  Shepherds were despised by the general public and the religious class.

 

   Yet it was to shepherds that God sent His angel to announce the birth of His son.

 

II. THE MESSAGE OF THE ANGEL

   The tranquility of the night was interrupted by the appearance of God’s messenger

 

Ø  Fear Not

 

NOTE: The Christmas message is filled with fear not’s

 

1.    The blessings of God during our daily life.  Genesis  26.24

2.    Supplies when in need I Kings 17:13

3.    Protection 2 Kings 6:16

4.    Strength in weakness Isaiah 41:10

5.    Companionship in trials Isaiah 43:1-3

6.    Highly valued by God Matthew 10:30-31

7.    Eternal life. Revelation 1:17-18

 

Ø  Good News

 

NOTE: The message the angel brought was filled with Good News in spite of the condition of the world.

 

   Today the world needs to hear the Good News of Christmas

 

   Satan seeks to hide the Good News of Christmas by bringing in the false celebration that is now the norm.

 

   This is the Good News the angel brought

 

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

   Jesus fulfilled the Good News of the angel

 

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

 

   It is our responsibility and privilege to bring the Good News to the world today.

 

Ø  Great Joy

 

NOTE: Israel was not experiencing a time of joy

 

   Hearts were heavy under the spirit of oppression

 

   The joy the angel brought was that once again God was going to visit His people and fill their hearts with joy.

 

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

Ø  All people

 

NOTE: The Good News the angel brought was universal

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

John 10:16 "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd".

 

Romans 10:12-13 "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"

 

1 Timothy 2:4 "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth".

 

2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance".

 

Ø  The Savior has come

 

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

   The purpose of Christmas was that Jesus came to save those who are lost

 

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

 

NOTE: The angel gave the shepherd direction on where they could find the Baby.

 

III. THE SHEPHERD’S RESPONSE

 

Luke 2:16-20 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

 

Ø  They went immediately to find the Baby

 

Ø  They found the Baby just as the angel had told them

 

Ø  They shared their experience with all those they came in contact with.

 

Ø  Those that heard the shepherds marveled but failed to come to worship the Baby

 

Ø  The shepherds return to the sheep glorifying God and giving Him praise.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us share the message of the angel with all those we come in contact with.

 

Genesis 26:24 And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: FEAR NOT, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

 

1 Kings 17:13 And Elijah said unto her, FEAR NOT; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

 

2 Kings 6:16 And he answered, FEAR NOT: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

 

Isaiah 41:10 FEAR THOU NOT; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

Isaiah 43:1-3 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, FEAR NOT: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

 

Matthew 10:30-31 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. FEAR YE NOT therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

 

Rev. 1:17-18 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, FEAR NOT; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

 

Genesis 26:24 And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: FEAR NOT, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

 

1 Kings 17:13 And Elijah said unto her, FEAR NOT; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

 

2 Kings 6:16 And he answered, FEAR NOT: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

 

Isaiah 41:10 FEAR THOU NOT; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

Isaiah 43:1-3 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, FEAR NOT: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

 

Matthew 10:30-31 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. FEAR YE NOT therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

 

Rev. 1:17-18 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, FEAR NOT; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

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