What Is Christmas?
I 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.”
If we walked around and asked people, “What is Christmas to you?” We would get many different answers. Peace. Love. Family. Joy. Santa. Just a few of the answers you might receive.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. And the reason it is so wonderful is that it is the day that we celebrate Jesus Christ being born. The celebration and purpose of the Christmas season is the coming of the Christ. Christ Jesus came into this world for our salvation. Yes, He brought peace, love, hope and joy. Yet, we cannot forget to make this season all about Jesus. He is the reason for the season.
I. Jesus is eternal.
II. Jesus is God
III. Jesus’ birth was miraculous.
This Christmas, let us not forget why Jesus came. He came to save sinners. Thank God for that.
“Can Two Walk Together” December 4, 2016
Can Two Walk Together
The following are ways we need to walk together:
1. Walk together in the ways of God.
2. Walk together in church.
3. Walk together in fellowship.
4. Walk together in child development.
5. Walk together in finances.
6. Walk together in love.
7. Walk together in help.
8. Walk together in strength.
9. Walk together in faithfulness.
10. Walk together in consistency.
Questions we must ask ourselves:
1. Are you in agreement with God?
2. Are you in agreement with others?
3. Is the church working together in agreement?
If we walk together in agreement with God and each other we will see it positively affect the following areas:
3. Tithe & Offering
5. Core ministry
“You Must Be Ministered To!” – Sunday PM – November 30, 2016
We all know that we are to minister to people in need. We are to be a help to our brothers and sisters in Christ. However, there are times when we need to be ministered to as well.
Read Matthew 4: 1-11 as a reference.
You need to be who God called you to be in order to do what God has called you to do. If Jesus, the Son of God in the flesh, needed angels to minister to Him, wouldn’t I also need help from God to continue to minister and serve as I should?
Often, the above are the result of neglecting our own life and being built up. We need to be ministered to as we should.
Pay attention to the following:
1. Jesus was following the Spirit of God. (In God’s will)
2. Tempted by the devil to do wrong. (Break the 10 Commandments)
3. Jesus used the Bible as a tool to defeat Satan.
4. Angels come to where Jesus was after the temptations.
You, in your Christian life, may be in a spiritual battle. If not, the day will come. You will need to be ministered to during this battle, after this battle and because of this battle.
1. The Bible needs to minister to us. (Ps. 1:2, Eph. 6:17, I Peter 2:2)
2. Prayer ministers to us. (Ps. 55:7, Daniel 6:10, I Thessalonians 5:17)
3. Preaching ministers to us.
a. Jesus ministered to others in preaching more than any other way.
b. Jesus preached to others.
c. He preached to multitudes.
4. People minister to us by serving.
5. Time alone or with family for a brief time.
We are not strong enough to go without being ministered to.
You need it.
I need it.
Let us all take advantage of the times we are ministered to by others and God.
“Alone” – Sunday AM – November 6, 2016
Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane. The disciples go with Jesus to Gethsemane. The Garden of Gethsemane is a place of great agony for Jesus Christ. Even though the disciples were present, Jesus had to bear the weight and agony. Ultimately, no one would be able to do it for Him.
Why did Jesus have great heaviness or sorrow?
1. He was in a battle with the powers of darkness.
2. He was bearing the iniquities of the world upon Him.
3. He knew what He would soon endure.
You would think that, when Jesus was in His deepest sorrows and pain, that there would be someone who would not leave Him. Someone who would not sleep. Someone who would not grow weary. He would stay and pray with Jesus in His great need. But Jesus… was alone.
Sometimes we can feel alone in this life.
1. Being alone is not always bad, wrong, or a negative. Luke 19:18
a. Jesus often prayed alone.
b. Jesus fasted alone.
c. We actually need to learn to stand alone.
2. Being alone can cause me to turn from this world to God.
a. Jonah in the belly of the whale.
b. God got Jonah alone with Him.
3. I’ve found some who are alone and have decisions that have brought them to this place.
a. Judas was alone and ended up taking his own life.
b. Alone can be bad, but it doesn’t have to be.
Love your family.
Love one another.
Have care and concern.
Truly be who Christ has called you to be.
Be ye kind one to another.