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Series: "The Angels of Christmas"

Sermon: "Good News for Everyone!"

Scripture: Luke 2:1-12

Notes
1. There were what? Shepards? (Luke 2:8)

2. A glorious angel appeared. (Luke 2:9)

3. He brought them good news of great joy. (Luke 2:10; John 4:9; Isaiah 61:1-3)

4. It was for everyone. (Luke 2:10; Matthew 5:1-12)

4. The sign? A manger. (Luke 2:7&12)

 

Next Steps

  • Cross racial, ethnic, or socio-economic lines and bless someone who's quite different than you either saying something encouraging or doing something kind.
  • Find a quiet time and place, and ask God this question: "What do you want me to know this Christmas?" Then listen to twhat thoughts, images, Bible verses, etc. He might give you.
  • Say something like: "Merry Christmas - God loves you!" or "Have a blessed Christmas - Jesus came for you!" to someone this Christmas.
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Series: "The Angels of Christmas"
Sermon: "Guardian Angels"
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-2:23

Notes

1. An angel protected Jesus before he was born. (Matthew 1:18-25)

2. Did angels protect Mary while she was pregnant? (Luke 1:39-56; 2:5)

3. God sent angels to protect Jesus from King Herod. (Matthew 2)

4. Angels appeared elsewhere in Jesus' life. (Matthew 4:11; 26:53; Luke 4:22-30; 22:43)

5. God sent guardian angels throughout the Bible. (Genesis 19:1,15; Exodus 14:19; 23:20; 1 Kings 19:5,7; 2 Kings 6:17;     Daniel 3:28; 6:22; Acts 12:7-11; 27:23)

6. God still watches over and send angels to guard and protect His people. (Psalm 34:7; 91:9-16; Psalm 121; Matthew 18:10; Hebrews 1:14)

 

Next Steps...

  • Discuss the topic of guardian angels with your family members and/or friends, and invite them to share any experiences they've had, or stories they've heard.
  • Read and reflect on Psalm 34:1-10. How does this psalm frame the ministry of "guardian angels" in a larger context of the goodness of God?
  • Ask God to deepen your faith in His watchful care over you and those you love. Ask Him to do so when you're afraid, and thank and praise Him when He answers your prayers.
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Series: "The Angels of Christmas"
Sermon: "Mission Impossible"
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38

Notes
1. God accomplished many "impossible" missions before.) Exodus 14,16; Joshua 6; 2 Chronicles 20:15-17

2. God sent Gabriel to invite Mary into an impossible mission. (Luke 1:26-37)

3. God sent Jesus on an "impossible" mission. (John 3:16, Galations 4:4-5, Luke 19:10)

 

Next Steps...

  • Memorize and recite John 3:16 every day until Christmas as a way to remember what God has done for us in giving His one and only Son.

  • Write a prayer of thanksgiving and praise to God for the gift of His Son, and share it with family member and/or friends this Christmas.
  • Think and pray about how God may be inviting you to participate in the seemingly "impossible mission" of reaching the people in your life with the good news of the gospel. Who might you invite to our Christmas Candlelight service at 5pm on December 17, or our Christmas Eve service at 4pm on December 24?

 

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Series: "The Angels of Christmas"
Sermon: "An Angel of Hope"
Scripture: Luke 1:5-25

Notes
1. Zecharian and Elizabeth felt hopeless. (Luke 1:7,25)

2. God's people felt hopeless and forgotten. 

3. We sometimes feel hopeless and forgotten.

4. God sent Gabriel bringing hope! (Luke 1:11-17)

  • To Zechariah and Elizabeth. (Luke 1:14,25)
  • To Israel (and the world). (Luke 1:11-17, Isaiah 40:3-5, Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 12:21)

5. God sent Jesus bringing us hope. (Isaiah 61:1-3, John 3:16, Galatians 4:4-5

 

Next Steps

  • Share with a family member or friend about a time in your life when God seemed absent or distant. What did that feel like? Discuss why God might allow us to experience the "dark nights of the soul."

  • Think of someone who might be discouraged or struggling this Christmas season. How might God use you to bring them hope?
  • Read and reflect on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. How does thinking about the second coming of Jesus make you feel? Does it comfort and encourage you? Why or why not?
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December 28, 2015  
December 28, 2015  

Sermon message from Christmas worship service, 2015

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December 21, 2015  

Sermon Outline

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1) WHERE will the Messiah come from?

2) He will be their SHEPHERD.

3) They will live SECURELY.

4) It's all about GOD.

5) He will be our PEACE.

Next steps...


*Read Psalm 23 and think about what aspect of God as your shepherd you need and appreciate the most.

*Think about whether you tend to live believing that God exists for you and your salvation or that you exist for God and give Him glory. Why does it make a difference?

*Invite Jesus to be present in every circumstance in your life this week and to be your deep and abiding peace.
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December 15, 2015  

Short sermon message from the Children's Christmas program worship service

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