The birth of John the Baptist foreshadowed the birth of Christ, in order to bring sinners back to God.
Eagerly desiring the arrival of a child. (v.5-17)
Humbly being corrected by the Lord. (v.18-22)
Joyfully receiving God's gracious removal of disgrace. (v.23-25)
What do we need to know about pre-Christmas?
What are some other teachings that distract us? 1 Timothy 1:15
Why would others be inclined listen to us? Luke 2:52
Who is called to influence whom? 1 Timothy 4:14-16
Since God gave us His Word, we accept with certainty the truth about the coming of Jesus.
We accept what The Spirit wrote about Jesus, not what others have said about Him. (v.1)
We accept how good, orderly, and sufficient God's Word is to inform us about the coming of Jesus. (v.2-3)
We accept with certainty of the things God revealed to us. (v.4)
How did your beliefs get formed about Jesus and Christmas?
About whom are the 1st 5 books of the Bible? Jn 5:46, Lk 24:44
What can be done to fortify you in the truth? 2 Tim. 3:14-17
What is your view of the authority of Jesus? Mt. 28:18. Ps.119:102
Pastor Chris brings the message from God's Holy Word. He begins the Advent series titled "The Story".
Today's message is titled "Creation / Fall". It is based on numerous scripture passages. Open up a Bible and get ready to follow!
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What difference does Christ make in the heart of a believer? Matthew 5:6 prepares us for the morning sermon on the Lord's Day. In this verse of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that Christ changes the objects of a believer's hunger and thirst, while feeding the believer and guaranteeing his full satisfaction.
As we gather for worship today we see and give thankful responses by taking up Isaiah chapter 12. We are thankful for the glorious grace of salvation in Jesus Christ . Again we note how much of Jesus is to be discovered in the Old Testament! Come and worship Him this morning!Responsive Reading: Psalm 105
Scripture: Isaiah 12:1-6
Sermon: Thanksgiving Reponses!
Theme: We are thankful for the glorious grace of salvation in Jesus Christ
God is holy and has every right to be angry -but Christ took it!
We are well supplied from the One Who is Living Water!
Thanksgiving gives birth to an evangelistic lifestyle
Thanksgiving gives birth to a singing lifestyle!
11 Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, "We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem, 12 and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the Lord will give you by this young woman."
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.
When God spoke through John the Baptist, it had been 400 years of silence from a prophet. Some might think he has been silent for the last 2,000 years. But God has NOT gone silent. He continues to raise his voice in the wilderness through the preaching of the Gospel. He uses men born of his Spirit unto this calling. Men who are made for this purpose by God. Men who are sent of God to declare so great a salvation revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is our great boast and glory. This world needs Christ, and we are sent "to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke 1:17).
Looking at the passage:
vv. 1-2 opening inquiry
vv. 3-8 developing tension
vv. 9-12 Magi find Jesus
Chiastically points to vv. 5 & 6 being the heart of the passage
Message of the Minor Prophets: Prosecution, Punishment, & Promise
Micah 5:2 is a message of promise of one of old coming to rule and shepherd his people
What is the proper response to the coming of Christ
Magi: faithful worship
Herod: feigned worship