SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 12/19/22
December 20, 2022, 6:00 PM

SERMON SEEDS

BIBLE OUTLINES FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS

U36 – FOR WEEK OF 12/19/22

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MATTHEW 1:16-25 – THE QUIET HERO OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas Revisited #4

The Bible has its own list of “Quiet Heroes”, people who fulfilled God’s will for their lives without much fanfare, who even today may not get the recognition they deserve. Let’s meet one of those quiet heroes. I call him “The Quiet Hero of Christmas.” His name is Joseph, husband of Mary, stepfather of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Joseph was a righteous man. He was not sinless, but righteous. 

JOSEPH WAS IN THE RIGHT FAMILY – Matthew 1:1-17

  • Vs. 1 – This is the story of Jesus Christ, the King.
  • This genealogy is Jesus legal “pedigree”. Joseph was his legal father, but not his biological father.
  • He was born into a royal family. Vs. 1
  • He was born into a graced family. Vss. 2-6
  • He was born into a sordid family. Vss. 7-11
  • He was born into the family. It was the right family!
  • By natural birth we were born into a sordid family.

John 8:44, Ephesians 2:1-3

  • By supernatural birth we are born into a graced and royal family. Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12-13,

Galatians 4:6-7, Revelation 3:21

  • The second birth is the only way to be in God’s “Forever Family”. John 3:3-7

JOSEPH HAD THE RIGHT FAITH – Matthew 1:18-19

  • A righteous man - Habakkuk 2:4, Hebrews 11:6
  • A compassionate man - Romans 12:9-16
  • A self-controlled man - Proverbs 25:28,

JOSEPH DID THE RIGHT FOLLOWING – Matthew 1:20-25

  • Vs. 20 – Mary’s purity - Pregnancy was by the Holy Spirit.
  • Vs. 21 – God’s purpose - The Savior!
  • Vss. 22-23 – God’s presence – “God with us!” 
  • Vss. 24-25 – Joseph’s participation – Obedience!

 

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PUTTING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS

I suggest that you begin this message by quoting some popular Christmas songs, and ask what is missing in these songs.  I suggest you might use, "Silver Bells", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "I'm dreaming Of A White Christmas," or "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire" (That's probably not the right title, but you know what song I mean.)

These songs are great songs, and fun to sing, but there is something missing. Actually, there is someone missing.  It's the Lord Jesus Christ.  Today in our schools, our communities, and even our homes, Christ is crowded out.  May we never be guilty of leaving Christ out of his own birthday celebration!

WHEN CHRIST IS IN CHRISTMAS THERE IS ROOM. - Luke 2:7, Matthew 2:1-3

Because of overcrowded conditions, there was no room for Jesus in the inn.

Because of the hostility of King Herod, there was no room for Jesus after his birth.

Let's make sure there is room for Him in our hearts, in our prayers, and in our celebration.

Our Christmas tradition is to read the story of Christ's birth before any presents are opened.

WHEN CHRIST IS IN CHRISTMAS THERE IS JOY. - Luke 2:8-11, 20

We should be joyful because of the birth of the Savior.

We should also note that the angel said, "Fear not."  When we live in fear, we will not have joy.

WHEN CHRIST IS IN CHRISTMAS THERE IS PEACE. - Luke 2:13-14

Peace comes through the Lord Jesus Christ.  See Romans 5:1, Philippians 2:3-4, Isaiah 26:3-4

WHEN CHRIST IS IN CHRISTMAS THERE IS FAITH. - Luke 2:15-18, Matthew 2:1-2

The shepherds and the wise men expressed their faith by going to see the baby.

It is only through faith in Christ that we have eternal life. Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16

It is only through faith in Christ that we can live the victorious Christian life. Galatians 2:20, Hebrews 11:6.

WHEN CHRIST IS IN CHRISTMAS THERE ARE GIFTS. - Matthew 2:11

The wise men brought gifts to the Savior.

We can bring gifts to Him as well. Remember that there is joy in giving.

We can bring Spiritual gifts such as obedience and faithfulness.

We can bring physical gifts by giving to the needy and to missions in His name.

Make sure you put Christ in Christmas!

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CHRISTMAS CERTAINTIES

Jesus was born to be our Savior. Luke 2:11, 2 Corinthians 5:21

Believing in Jesus as Savior brings eternal life. John 1:12-13, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:1

The born again Christian is actually the only person who can truly celebrate Christmas in the right spirit of the holidays. 

Because of salvation, the Christian is without doubt, certain about several things at Christmastime.

He has the following Christmas certainties.

THE CHRISTIAN HAS CERTAIN FORGIVENESS. - Psalm 103:10-14

THE CHRISTIAN HAS A CERTAIN FUTURE. - Hebrews 13:14, John 14:2, Philippians 1:21, Psalm 17:15, Romans 6:18

THE CHRISTIAN HAS A CERTAIN FRIEND. - John 15:13, Proverbs 18:24, Hebrews 13:5, 1 John 2:1-2

THE CHRISTIAN HAS A CERTAIN FELLOWSHIP. - Hebrews 4:15-16, John 15:4-5,7, 1 John 2:1-2

THE CHRISTIAN HAS A CERTAIN FAMILY. John 1:12, John 13:34-35, John 15:12, Hebrews 10:24-25

Anyone who is born again is born into the family of God.  We who know Christ as all brothers and sisters!

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JOHN 1:29-39 – FRIENDLY REMINDERS

I introduced the message with "Can This Be Christmas?" a poem by M.R. DeHann, “Can This Be Christmas.”  Can This Be Christmas? | Bible.org

At this time of year, we need some friendly reminders of the true meaning of

Christmas. Although John 1:29-39 is not a Christmas text, we are reminded

of three important facts to keep in mind as we approach Christmas.

THE PRICE THAT JESUS PAID Vss. 29-34

In Vs. 29 John calls Jesus "The lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the

world."

When the Jews offered sacrificial lambs to God as sacrifices they were

supposed to be without blemish or spot.

The lambs offered in Old Testament sacrifices were pictures of God's lamb

who came to die for the sins of the World. (See Isaiah 53, Romans 5:6-8)

This is a friendly reminder to place your faith in Christ, if you have not

already (Romans 5:1). It is also a friendly reminder to Christians to

appreciate the price that Jesus paid for sins that we might have life!

THE PRIORITY OF JESUS' PRESENCE Vss. 35-37

Two disciples of John The Baptist, Andrew and John, started to follow Jesus.

Jesus asks an important question. He says "What seekest thou?", or "What are

you looking for?" People are looking for a lot of different things today

such as money, fame, comfort, pleasure, sexual gratification, family,

security, and a host of other things. We should ask ourselves, "What am I

looking for? What is the priority of my life?"

In answer to the Jesus' question the disciples answered "Master, where

dwellest thou?", or "Where are you living?" They wanted to be in fellowship

with the one who John the Baptist just identified as "The Lamb of God."

In asking this question, they were asking for three things.

Location - They wanted to be where Jesus was.

Learning - As disciples, they wanted to learn from Him.

Likeness - As disciples, they wanted to be like the one they were following.

As disciples of the Lord Jesus, we too should want to be where Jesus is,

want to learn from him, and want to be like Him. (See John 3:2-3)

THE PRACTICE OF JESUS' PRESENCE Vs. 39

Jesus invited these disciples to "Come and see."

As disciples of the Lord Jesus today, if we come to Him, we will:

1. See that He dwells within. - Galatians 2:20, John 15:1-7

Through the Spirit of God, Jesus lives inside of this.

Because of this we should allow Him to live His life through us.

2. See that He dwells in the Word. - John 5:39

We find Jesus as we search out the Word of God.

3. See that He dwells in the church.

Other Christians also have the Lord Jesus inside of them.

We can learn more about Jesus as we see the reality of our Lord living in

the lives of other Christians.

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PSALM 37:4 etc. – A DELIGHT FUL NEW YEAR

Psalm 37:4 (KJV) - Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

D – Depend on God for Salvation and Daily Living – Romans 10:13, Proverbs 3:5-6

E – Express Your Faith – Psalm 107:2, 1 Peter 3:15

L – Love God, Love Others – Matthew 22:37-40

I – Intercede for Others – Ephesians 6:14, 1 Timothy 2:1-8

G – Go to a Lost and Dying World with the Message of Salvation – Matthew 28:18-20

H – Hear what God Says – Jeremiah 15:16, Isaiah 48:18

T – Thank God in all Situations – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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EZRA 7:10 – A NEW YEAR’S EXAMPLE

As we approach another New Year, it is always good to have an example follow. Consider Ezra the Scribe.

EZRA'S PURPOSE - "For Ezra had prepared his heart"

EZRA'S PURSUIT - " to seek the law of the LORD,"

EZRA'S PRACTICE - "... and to do it,"

EZRA'S PROCLAMATION - "... and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments."

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PSALM 119:15-16 – THIS TIME NEXT YEAR

Christian, where will you be this time next year?

Will you be at the same job?

Will you live in the same house?

Will attend the same school?

Will you have the same friends?

Will your health or the health of your loved ones be the same?

Where will you be this time next year? You can't answer one of these questions with certainty. You can only think you'll be at the same school or be at a new school. You can only think you'll have the same job or a new job. You can only think that your health or the health of another will be same or get worse. You can only think that you'll live in the same place or that you'll move. You can only think that you'll have the same friends or new ones.

Where will you be this time next year? Although you can't answer that question, if you want things to be different, in most cases you'll have to work at it.

Granted, there are things that we can't control, and only God knows for sure where will be and what we will be doing.

But if you want a different job, you'll have to work at finding one.

If want to be in a different school, and you are in a position to make your own decision, you'll have to work at applying at a new school

If you want new friends you'll have to work at developing new friendships.

If you want to live in a different house, you'll have to work at finding a place and moving there.

Health is not as definite. We can't guarantee health. But I do know this, if we want this best health possible next year at this time, we need to work at being healthy.

Now, Christian, let me ask you another question. Where will you be Spiritually this time next year? Will you have become more like Jesus in your behavior? Will you have licked any bad habits? Will your prayer and devotional life improve? Will you be a better witness for Christ? Will you have obeyed 2 Peter 3:18 - But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…?

You are probably thinking, "I really don't know!"

But let me tell you this: You will be no better off Spiritually this time next year, unless you work at being more Spiritual this year.

To grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ… is a command to be followed.

So how are we going to make sure that at this time next year we have grown Spiritually?

Romans 12:1-2 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

First of all, in order to grow in this coming year, we must be yielded to God. Because God has shown us great mercy by saving us, keeping us, loving us, and protecting us, we should present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice. That means we make ourselves available to God to go where He wants us to go, to do what He wants us to do, and to be what He wants us to be.

When we are holy, we are set apart for God.

When we do what is acceptable unto God, we do what pleases Him.

This is our reasonable service. I always think of it as the least we can do.

The work really starts after we yield ourselves to God.

Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world. Some have rendered this phrase as "Don't let the world squeeze you into its mold." The world here is the world system, and the Christian is warned against loving the world and being like the world. 1 John 2:15-17

Romans 12:2 tells us that instead of being conformed to this world, we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

A greater transformation has already taken place in your life if you know Christ as Savior.

2 Corinthians 5:17

God's Holy Spirit lives inside of you and has made a great transformation, but He wants that transformation to go even further in this coming year. He wants transformation to continue by the renewing of your mind.

Why must your mind be renewed? Very simply, you are what you think. Luke 6:45

What does the Holy Spirit use to renew your mind?

He uses the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12

If God uses His word to renew our minds, that very simply means that we need to expose our minds as much as possible to the Word of God. That's why you should be in Sunday School, morning service, evening service and prayer meeting.

But there's another way to renew our minds with the Word of God, and that's what I want to talk about in the remaining minutes of this message.

Turn please to Psalm 119:15-16 - I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. [16] I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

There are four things to do here that will renew your mind, if you decide to do just as the psalmist had decided to do. Throughout this passage the psalmist says "I will"!

We are going to begin with the last statement in these verses which reminds us to

Remember - ...I will not forget thy word.

The psalmist says ...I will not forget thy word.

The psalmist was determined to remember God's Word. Why?

The psalmist was determined to remember God's Word because of the transforming power it has in the life. Psalm 119:11, 119:105, Jeremiah 15:16

So my challenge to you is to remember God's Word if you want to be different this time next year.

Here's what I suggest you do:

  • Write out a verse on a 3 x 5 card with the verse on one side and the reference on the other. Carry it with you.
  • Work on the verse throughout the week so you can say it to someone the next Sunday. Make yourself accountable to somebody for the saying of the verse.
  • Save the cards and review them regularly.

Now if you say, I can't memorize, I beg to differ with you. Through repetition you memorize lots of things, including lists of numbers like Social Security or phone numbers. Through repetition you can memorize Scripture.

Also consider this week's memory verse. You can memorize because God will enable you. Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Reflect - I will meditate in thy precepts...

To meditate on something is to mull it over in your mind. It is to reflect on it. It is kind of like a cow chewing her cud. She chews on what she has eaten for awhile, then swallows it and it goes into one of her three stomachs. Later, she brings it up again and chews some more. This way she digests her food.

Reflect on the memory verses that you know.

Mull them over in your mind.

Apply them to your life.

Talk to the Lord about them. Make them a prayer, if that's applicable.

Will this process of meditation really help to renew your mind? Psalm 119:98-99

Respect - ...and have respect unto thy ways.

When I love and respect my Heavenly Father, I will strive not only to memorize and meditate on Scriptures, but I will strive to obey the teachings, the ways of God.

Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:112 - I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

Psalm 119:100 - I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

And you know that God is pleased with obedience! 1 Samuel 15:22-23

Rejoice - I will delight myself in thy statutes...

Do you want to know what you really rejoice or delight in?

Consider what you think about most.

Consider what you talk about.

What you talk about will be a dead give away for where your priorities and interests really lie.

I want to go back to a verse we considered earlier.

Jeremiah 15:16 - Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

Jeremiah was called by the name of the Lord God of hosts. In Christian vernacular we would say that he was a child of God.

Because Jeremiah belonged to God, Jeremiah delighted in the Word of God.

Christian, you are a child of God.

Do you rejoice or delight in the Word of God.

Delighting in God's Word will help you meditate on God's Word. Psalm 119:97

Psalm 119:97 - O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

So, this time next year where will you be?

Will you have grown Spiritually? Will you be further along in your walk with God?

  1. will grow Spiritually if you are transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Remember - ...I will not forget thy word.

Reflect - I will meditate in thy precepts...

Respect - ...and have respect unto thy ways.

Rejoice - I will delight myself in thy statutes...

It's decision time now.

Where will you will be Spiritually next year at this has much to do with your commitment to memorization and mediation.

Are you willing to strive to memorize, mediate and review the memory verses this year?

Are you will to be accountable to somebody else while doing it?

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