SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 12/14/20
December 18, 2020, 10:53 AM

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S50 – WEEK OF DECEMBER 14, 2020

 

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WE NEED A BRAND-NEW CHRISTMAS!

ACTS 10

We need a brand-new Christmas, right his very minute…

Jesus as the Savior, Christians involved in it!

(Parody of “We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman)

  • There is no question that Christmas is not the same this year! I think that’s a good thing! We need a wake-up call! We need, in a new sense, a brand-new Christmas.
  • Luke 2:10-11, Luke 2:29-32 – The Birth of Jesus for the Gentile too.
  • The Birth of Jesus was for UNSAVED people too, not just us!
  • Therefore, a brand-new Christmas for us is a Christmas which makes the Gospel available to unsaved people!
  • In Acts 10, Peter got the wakeup call which brought the Gentiles into the church as equal members.

A NEW APPROACH – Acts 10:1-8

  • To wake a very bias church up to their mission, God had a devout, unsaved Gentile reach out! He used the supernatural!
  • The whole Covid19 and national unrest is making it people cry out even if we cannot hear them!

A NEW AWARENESS – Acts 10:9-16

  • Our group in our color, in our socio-economical status level. Ghandi
  • “They’ll do their own little church thing and I’ll do mine!”

A NEW ASSIGNMENT – Acts 10:17-23

  • Vs. 23 – There were 6 more witnesses – Acts 11:12

A NEW ACKNOWLEDGEMENT – Acts 10:24-35

  • Vss. 28-29
  • 34-35 – God will get them the Gospel – Acts 11:12-14

A NEW (TO THEM) ANNOUNCEMENT – Acts 10:36-43

  • They were ready to hear the Gospel.
  • Peter was ready to preach a clear Gospel Message

NEW ADEHERENTS – Acts 10:44-48

  • They believed before Peter finished

A NEW ACTIVITY – Acts 10:44-48

  • The visitation of the Holy Spirit with the same result of Speaking languages was proof that they had believed.
  • Today, the Spirit enters us, the moment we trust Christ.
  • The command was be baptized!

TAKE-AWAYS

  • This is no time to be silent about our faith
  • This no time to silence missions giving
  • This is an opportune time.
  • Will you prayerfully take your bags?
  • Will you ask God what to do about Lottie Moon?
  • We are dedicating both offerings right now.

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PSALM 45 – MY KING! HIS BRIDE!

  • This is probably a love song from a nameless king’s wedding, that goes far beyond what any king of that day would live up to.
  • Under inspiration, I believe the King is writing of our King, and, in a supporting role, us as the Bride of Christ.
  • I believe this Psalm encourages us to an intimate relationship with Christ.
  • If Jesus is my Savior, Jesus is my King. Romans 10:9-10

 

INTRODUCTION – Vs. 1

Philippians 2:10-11, John 13:13, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

 

MY KING – Vss. 2-7

  • Vs. 2 - In His Kingship, Jesus is certainly most handsome of the Sons of Men.
  • On earth, His ultimate beauty was revealed in His ugliness. Psalm 53:3-6
  • The graciousness of His lips – He’s God!
  • Vss. 3-5 – This great victory can only be the Battle of Armageddon. Revelation 19:11-16
  • Vss. 6-7 – These verses show the divinity of the King. Hebrews 1:8-9 confirm it.
  • Because He is my King, I am to love and serve Him.

 

HIS BRIDE – Vss. 10-11

  • We are the Bride of Christ – Revelation 19:6-8
  • According to Jewish wedding customs, although we are not in His physical presence, although betrothed, we are still married to Him, as we wait for His return.                                            1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • While the betrothed Jewish Bride probably had little contact with her husband, we have the privilege of continuous communion with Him. John 15:1-7
  • Vss. 10-11 – Here is some advice that we can all use.
  1. Ponder and listen
  2. Leave all others for Him. Matthew 10:37-39
  3. Because your beauty is found in your King, He desires your presence in communion with Him. That is mind-boggling.
  4. “Since he is your Lord, bow to Him.” Galatians 2:20

 

 

PSALM 101:1-8 – RULING WELL!

  • This Psalm, written by King David, talks about his character and conduct, stressing his own behavior and the types of people who would not be part of his administration.
  •  Although most of us do little or some outward ruling with others, we are all responsible to exercise rule over ourselves. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 2 Peter 1:5-9
  • Following David’s example of public rule, we can apply the same principles to our personal lives.

 

PERSONAL SANCTIFICATION – Psalm 101:1-4

  • Vs. 1 – The way we rule our lives should begin with us in subjection to God. Notice, God’s rule is with mercy, (lovingkindness) and judgment. We should demonstrate these qualities as well.
  • Vs. 2 – perfect way = “blameless”; perfect heart = “integrity of heart” 
  • Vs. 3 – “wicked” = “worthless”
  • Vs. 4 – Proverbs 4:23; wickedness = “evil”

 

INTERNAL SEPARATION – Psalm 101:5-8

  • Vs. 5 – Slander, haughtiness, and pride begin within us. We must stop them there!                 Colossians 3:6-8, Philippians 4:8   Zero tolerance is a great policy! Deuteronomy 7:1-5
  • Vs. 6 – What are the faithful things that are or should be inside us and that we should dwell on? The word perfect again means “blameless”. How serious is it for us to judge our motives?
  • Vs. 7 – How can we resist any attempts by us to deceive or lie? Why do folks have a tendency to do this?
  • Vs. 8 – It appears that the king held court early (morning). He was determined to maintain a steady policy of punishing evil. May that be our policy too!

Proverbs 6:16-19, Ephesians 4:20-32

 

MATTHEW 1:18-25 – WHEN PLANS CHANGE

 

INTRO: Give examples of times when people’s plans were changed through sickness, death, disobedience of another, or disaster of some kind. Then tell how God helped during the problem.

 

We’ll all face change!

How do we handle it?

Joseph helps us.

 

Joseph’s Dilemma – Vs. 18

Espoused (equivalent to marriage, but the marriage had not been consummated.)  to Mary, now she’s pregnant. “What do I now?”

The changes God allows will often test our faith and place us in the middle of a dilemma. James 1:2-4

 

Joseph’s Devotion – Vs. 19

He was a just, or righteous man. – Romans 1:16-17 – Could not marry Mary because of perceived breach of righteousness. 1 Timothy 2:2

 

He had compassion despite being hurt. – Not put her to public shame. Ephesians 4:32

 

Joseph’s Directions – Vss. 20-23

God gave Joseph directions in a dream.

Vs. 23 – Jesus is still “God with us.” Matthew 28:20

 

Getting Directions: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, James 1:5-8, 1 Samuel 3:9-10

 

Joseph’s Decision – Vss. 24-25

Joseph decided to do as he was told.

Saul had a problem because of disobedience. 1 Samuel 15:22-23

We cannot have God’s best unless we decide to obey.

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LUKE 2:1-20 – THE CHRISTMAS STORY

 

THE WONDER – Luke 2:1-7

  • Of God’s Providence – Vss. 1-5 – Galatians 4:4-5

 

  • Of God’s Place – Vss. 6-7 – Birth in Bethlehem as Micah 5:2 predicted

 

  • Of God’s Person – Philippians 2:5-8

 

THE WITNESS – Luke 2:8-14

  • Recipients – Vs. 8

 

  • Reporter – Vs. 9

 

  • Report – Vss. 10-13

 

  • Response – Vs. 14

 

THE WELCOME – Luke 2:15-20

  • Of Faith – Vs. 15

 

  • Of Action – Vs. 16

 

  • Of Sharing – Vss. 17-19

 

  • Of Joy – Vs. 20

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THE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS

 

LUKE 2:11 – THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS

 

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

 

THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS IS:

 

A PERSONAL MESSAGE - For unto you

 

A PERTINENT MESSAGE - is born this day

 

A PROPHETIC MESSAGE - in the city of David – Micah 5:2

 

A PRECIOUS MESSAGE - a Saviour

 

A POWERFUL MESSAGE - which is Christ the Lord.

 

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LUKE 2:21-38 – IN THE WAITING ROOM

     

I wonder how many hours I've spent in my lifetime sitting in a waiting room waiting for a doctor or a dentist!

 

Of course, most of us don't like to wait!  We don't like to wait when we are ready to go, and someone else is still getting ready.  We don't like to wait when someone has made us a promise, and we are waiting for that person to keep the promise.

 

We don't like to wait when someone owes us money and we don't like to wait when we are ready to eat and the chef in the kitchen at the restaurant seems to be taking his sweet time!

 

Most of us don't like to wait for anything.  And one of the hardest things it seems that God asks us to do is just that - wait. So many times, throughout the Scriptures, God says to wait.

 

Psalms 27:14, Psalms 62:5, Isaiah 40:31, Lamentations 3:25 

 

In a real sense, we are going to spend our lives here on earth in God's "waiting room", waiting for Him to do what He says he will do. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

 

Two such people who were in the waiting room when Jesus was born were a man by the name of Simeon, and a woman by the name of Anna. 

 

BACKGROUND:

 

Luke tells us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in fulfillment of Micah 5:2.

 

Angels proclaimed his arrival. Read Vss. 8-14.

The shepherds headed for Bethlehem and saw the child.

 

Vs. 21 - Jesus is circumcised and named.

 

Vss. 22-23 - He was brought to Jerusalem.  Because He was the first male child born, He belonged to the Lord in Israel.  The Lord provided for each male child to be "bought back", so to speak.

 

Vs. 24 - The Law said that each woman who bore a son was ceremonially unclean for 33 days after circumcision. and for a daughter, 66 days. At the conclusion of that period, an offering was to be given to God.  To give you a picture of the economic state of Mary and Joseph, they offered the sacrifice of the poor, 2 doves or young pigeons.

 

It is now, Mary and Joseph meet up with Simeon and Anna, who was in God's waiting room. 

 

ABOUT SIMEON

SIMEON WAS A GODLY MAN Vs. 25

 

Habakkuk 2:4, John 3:36, 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, Ephesians 5:18-21

 

SIMEON HAD A GODLY MOTIVATION Vss. 26-28

 

Titus 2:11-13

 

SIMEON HAD A GODLY MESSAGE Vss. 29-35

Acts 16:31, 2 Peter 3:9,

 

ABOUT ANNA

ANNA SERVED FAITHFULLY - Vss. 36-37

1 Corinthians 4:2,

 

ANNA SAW JOYFULLY - Vss. 38a

 

Luke 2:10-12, Philippians 4:4

 

ANNA SHARED SELECTIVELY Vs. 38b

Hebrews 3:12-13

 

 

JOHN 1:1-5, 14 – JOHN’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

In the Gospel of John you will find no account of a Bethlehem birth, Herod, shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph, or even angels making a birth announcement.  However, there is a Christmas message about the Lord Jesus found in His Gospel.

HIS ETERNAL IDENTITY Vss. 1-2

HIS EARTHLY IMPORTANCE Vss. 3-5

HIS EXTRAORDINARY INVOLVEMENT Vs. 14

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