I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I pray that you have a wonderful time of joy and celebration as you gather around the tree to open gifts, eat treats and drink hot chocolate.
Pastor James will be preaching this coming Sunday. I know that you will hear a good word from him.
We will have a special Wednesday gathering next week. We will gather for a communion service. I am looking forward to this time with you.
FaithPoint Men, you still have a couple weeks to get your new book. The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell is our new book that we will be discussing. We will meet the first Sunday in January at BK right beside the Ramada Inn.
We will be finishing up Genesis in 2016. I am excited to be walking through the rest of the book with you.
Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:
The Scripture for this sermon comes from Matthew 1:18-23. The title of this sermon is: God With Us. This is week 12 of our DNA series. This is the last sermon in the series.
Before we jump into Matthew, we need to lay a little background.
Luke tells us that the angel is Gabriel. Gabriel tells Mary that the baby’s name will be Jesus. Matthew then explains that this exchange between Gabriel and Mary had to take place to fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah gives us a glimpse into the power and majesty of Jesus. Isaiah 9:6 says, “For to us a child is born. to us a son is given. and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
All of these names or titles are hints to the character of Jesus.
Matthew is not any different. Immanuel means God with us.
What does Isaiah 40 have to do with Matthew 1? Everything.
- the Shepherd that takes care of you and will never lead you astray, he says that he knows who belongs to his flock and no one will ever pluck them from his hand.
- He knows the depths of the ocean, he knows how much water is in every river and lake. He knows how many granules of sand are on every beach.
- He knows the weight of every mountain.
- He is all sovereign. He does not take advice or counsel from anyone.
- No one teaches him on any subject.
- He is truth.
- He is justice.
- Compared to him, the nations are as empty as the vastness of space.
- What can you liken to him? Nothing. Nothing compares to our King.
- He is the Creator that sits above the earth, we are like grasshoppers.
- He stretches out the heavens like a curtain and a tent for us to dwell in.
- He is more powerful and more majestic than any earthly ruler.
- He has named every galaxy. He has named every star. Every star hangs where he places it. Not one star is ever out of place.
- The Lord is the everlasting God. the Creator of the ends of the earth.
- He does not faint. He does not get weary or tired.
- You will not ever fully understand him. He is unsearchable.
- His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
That is who was laying in the animal’s feeding tray.
That is who was born as a baby. He came to earth to live with us. He grew up with us. He learned like us. He worked like us. He experienced the full range of emotions like us and he was tempted like us. He never gave in. He never sinned.
He loved you enough to die for all of your sins.
He gives you a new identity.
He gives you the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you but he doesn’t force you to follow.
He loves you unconditionally.
He chose you before the foundations of the world.
He has equipped you for what he has planned for you.
He showers you with grace and mercy.
He is our Shepherd.
He is our Redeemer.
He is our Creator.
He is our King.
He is our Lord.
He said that he would be with you always. There are no more comforting words than to know that no matter what you are going through, Jesus is there. Immanuel. God with us.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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