I am praying that you have a wonderful week as you prepare to celebrate the birth of our Redeemer King with your friends and family.
We had a wonderful time at our FaithPoint Christmas party. Head on over to our FaithPoint Facebook page and check out pictures from our Christmas gathering.
I really enjoyed our Christmas service yesterday. I love listening to our church as you lift your voices in praise to our Savior. Our FaithPoint Kids seemed to enjoy our service yesterday.
I am grateful that God allows me to be your pastor. I love being a part of your lives and watch you grow and mature as you become more and more like Jesus.
Here are the notes from yesterday’s last sermon in our Unstoppable series:
The text for this sermon is: Luke 2:1-14 The title of this sermon is: The Gospel is Born.
That you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.
We want to recover the wonder and the awe of God coming to earth to be here with us.
Matthew records a prophecy about Jesus from Isaiah 7 – Matthew 1:23-25 – Immanuel
After Malachi hangs it up. There is no record of any prophecy or preacher proclaiming the coming of Jesus for 400 years.
The Scriptures are read and interpreted by the Temple Mafia.
The Scriptures are written in Hebrew. Science, Math, Reading and Writing are taught in Greek.
The Temple Mafia can make the Scriptures say whatever they want them to say because nobody knows anything different.
God is ready to send Jesus to earth but He has to prepare Joseph and Mary for Jesus. God does not send a prophet. God sends an angel.
Joseph is a hard working man. He is a carpenter. This whole census thing is a huge inconvenience because when he is not working, he is not making money. He needs some money. He is in the process of getting married. The last thing on Joseph’s mind is that he is in the bloodline of David. David lived 1000 years ago. Joseph just wants to get this census over with and get home, get married and get back to work.
It would not have been enough for a person to just walk up to Joseph and tell him that Mary was pregnant and he needed to name the boy, Jesus. Joseph and Mary did not think of themselves as important. They did not come from wealthy families. They came from the small town of Nazareth. There is a high possibility that Joseph would not have believed a person delivering the message. So, God sent the angel.
Then the angels visit another group of people. They do not go to kings. They do not go to the rich. They do not go to the centurions, generals, armies. They go to shepherds.
The angel tells the shepherds something that I think often gets overlooked.
I bring you good news of great joy.
I bring you the gospel which is great joy. The gospel is for all people.
Then the one angel is surrounded by hundreds of thousands of more angels. A multitude of heavenly hosts filled the sky. As far as the shepherds could see, there was nothing but angels.
That would be an awesome sight to behold.
Luke 2:15-16 – They went with haste.
They left their sheep in the field. They dropped everything and went to find Jesus.
The shepherds did exactly what Jesus expects of us when He calls us to follow Him. Drop everything. Lay down everything that you think of as important. Just follow Jesus.
In the manger, all the prophecies about the Messiah (Christ in Greek) are laying there. The answer to prayers and prophecies of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Micah, and Malachi is right in front of the shepherds.
Immanuel is born. God with us.
Immanuel is the Gospel.
John 1:1-4, 14
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The gospel became flesh and dwelt among us.
The Gospel is Hope.
Hope did not come from the wealthy or the government. Hope did not come from the influential or the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Hope came from a manger.
The Gospel came from the most unlikely of places. God did that so that no one could boast.
The Hope of the future – Revelation 22:12-13
Immanuel will once again be with us in bodily form. He is coming to make all things new.
What about now?
When you are sharing the Gospel, you are sharing Jesus. If you cannot share Jesus, you are not sharing the Gospel, you are not sharing truth.
We are called to be obedient.
You are glorifying God, in the name of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit in you.
While you are in the process of making disciples, Jesus is with you always.
Immanuel is with you always.
The Gospel is with you always.
Merry Christmas FaithPoint!
I LOVE MY CHURCH!