My Christmas Sermon

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  1. TCGreek

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    This is what I shared with my congregation yesterday morning:
    Immanuel: The Meaning of Christmas

    It’s that time of the year. Christmas is upon us again. How do I know? To ask the question is to answer it. Traffic in and out of the stores. Traffic on the roads. The Nativity scene everywhere. The Christmas chorals and songs. Christmas is everywhere. But what is the real meaning of Christmas in all this traffic?

    The Name Immanuel
    Jews had a tendency of naming their children from certain experiences (Moses, because he was drawn from the water). There is something in a name. “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

    After relating the angel’s appearance to Joseph, Matthew tells us that all this happened to fulfill prophecy, and then he quotes Isaiah 7:14: “See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God is with us’” (1:23). God left heaven and took up residence among his creatures in the person of Jesus Christ.

    The Coming of Immanuel
    Matthew tells us that a virgin name Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, God Himself. Her righteous husband, Joseph, to whom she was engaged, not wanting to disgrace her, decided to divorce her secretly. But God sent his angel to Joseph.

    As Joseph was pondering the putting away of his teenage virgin wife, the angel says to him, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit” (Matt 1:21). Righteous Joseph would take the message of the angel to heart and keep Mary (vv. 24, 25).

    The Meaning of Immanuel
    Matthew tells us what Immanuel means—“God with us.” What does this all mean? Immanuel, “God with us,” expresses the very heart of God, informing earth, that God is love. John writes, “Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). The coming of Immanuel is God expressing His divine love to sinful man.

    In another place John writes, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning… The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-2, 14). This is Immanuel before and after His advent—The Word in heaven before taking up residence among us.

    Conclusion
    So when we open those gifts, we need to remember the ultimate gift—Jesus Christ. When we break bread with our families and friends, we need to remember Him who truly is the bread of life—Jesus Christ. And when we share those laughs and smiles, we need to remember Him who brought those laughs and smiles—Jesus Christ. All quotations were taken from the HCSB.
     
  2. Tom Bryant

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    Very good... Here was mine
    ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS
    JOSEPH
    1. MARY GOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS BY ACCEPTING GOD’S WILL
    Ø Luke 1:38 - And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
    THEREFORE: Be ready to accept God’s will whatever it may be


    2. JOSEPH GOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS BY OBEDIENCE
    Ø Matthew 1:24 – 25 - And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.
    THEREFORE: Be willing to obey even when it goes against our plans.
    Joseph had a plan for his life; live the simple life of a carpenter, marry Mary, have a family and be a good and righteous man


    3. SHEPHERDS GOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS BY DOING THEIR JOB
    Ø Luke 2:8-12 - In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
    THEREFORE: Do what you already know to be right.

    4. WISE MEN GOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS BY ACCEPTING GOD’S TRUTH IN HIS WORD, THE SKY AND IN THE STABLE.
    Ø Matthew 2:1-2 - Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."
    THEREFORE: Begin your search for God’s truth where you are.
     
  3. TCGreek

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    Tom,

    Good stuff! Have a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.
     
  4. 4His_glory

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    My sermon from yesterday would be to long to post and besides it was in Spanish. But for what its worth here is a summery:

    Luke 2:20 "Ordinary People and the Extraordinary Savior"

    1. The shepherds were ordinary people like you and I but met the extraordinary Savior. Therefore: Ordinary people can know the extraordinary Savior

    2. The purpose of God's revelation of Christ was for His names sake. (Glory to God in the highest) Therefore: Ordinary people meet the extraordinary Savior for the purpose of God's glory.

    3. The shepherds lives experienced dramatic change. Therefore: When ordinary people meet the extraordinary Savior by the grace of God, it effects great change in their lives.

    And if any one can read Spanish here is my concluding paragraph that summarizes the message:

    Gente común puede conocer al Salvador extraordinario para que Dios sea glorificado por las vidas cambiadas.

    Merry Christmas to all.
     
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    4His, good to see you around. Merry Christmas! Miss you around the sports forum.

    My sermon on Sunday was the 3rd in a "Personalities of Christmas" series. It was Luke 2:1-20

    1. The Savior was Born According to God's Plan v. 1-7

    2. The Savior was Proclaimed According to God's Plan v. 8-20
     
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    I didn't use notes, in fact the Sermon came to me at the last minute... i preached extemporaneous and pretty much went through the 5th chpt of Rev verse by verse but this was my Text and subject...

    The Worthy Lamb

    Rev 5:11 (KJV) And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
    12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
    13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
     
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    I never use notes, except what is in my head.​

    I preached on:​
    THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL.
    Jhn 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    I first used Revelation:​

    A Great Wonder in Heaven

    Rev 12:1¶And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:​

    and tied it in with:​

    Born poor but yet a King

    Luk 2:7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.​

    Wise men

    Mat 2:1¶Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,​

    and with:​

    Jhn 1:29¶The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. ​

    I kept going back and forth from Rev. to the Gospels and preached all the way up until Jesus gave His life the greatest gift of all, tying in the Gospels with Rev. 12:1. I also included this gift is how we won the war over death, hell and the grave. ​

    I used Revelation to preach the Gospels.​

    I preached an hour service and I don't think anyone in the house got restless, it was a great day, giving all the glory to God. Much rejoicing.

    BBob,
     
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    "An Angelic Song", Luke 2:14
    Verse 1: Glory to God
    Verse 2: Peace has Come
    Verse 3: We Recieve Grace
     
  9. Brother Bob

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    I like your signature, for I do the same. My family is fearful for me when I am in the stand.

    BBob,
     
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    Same way I was tought Brothers, always preach like it's your last time. We never know do we?

    Preaching life to a dying world is definitely a privilege for which I gladly sacrifice all...
     
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    extemporaneous is the best sermons in my book LeBuick and you or God picked a good subject. I would of liked to of been able to hear you.

    BBob,
     
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    Yes, for extemporaneous, but it's the type where you would have prepared well as God's spokesman.
     
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    When I go into the pulpit, I go in prepared. I don't write out a sermon, or even use a lot of notes. I do tend to cobble together enough of an outline to help jog my memory, but I hardly ever have to look at it. My biggest help is printing out my scriptures ahead of time so I don't have to look for them. I mark my main one with a paperclip, so I can go to it at a moment's notice.

    I study and prepare, but I let God do the talking.
     
  14. LeBuick

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    Actually Bro Bob, I have to admit that I spent most of the day trying to tie Rev 12 into the gospel. You really put me to thinking with your message.

    Who is the woman? Is it Mary? Israel? The Church?

    The woman is so much the key to this and I can't figure out who she is.

    I also don't fully understand this verse?

    Rev 12:6 (KJV) And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

    Is this Jesus fleeing into Egypt when he was born? If so, what is the thousand two hundred and threescore days reference? Could this be the period of Israel before Christ?

    I was going to start another thread but I've been meditating on this wishing I could have heard your message... I can see wanting more even after an hour. :thumbs:
     
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    He came to His own, but His own received Him not but as many as did (The remnant of Israel, the election), He gave them power to become the sons of God. (The Church coming up out of the wilderness)

    Act 7:38This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

    If they could of destroyed Jesus while He preached His own everlasting Gospel and before His time, the Devil knew Him and wanted Him destroyed, but could not until Jesus laid down His life.

    The woman who fled was that same Church which had to be protected from being destroyed while Jesus taught His own everlasting Gospel. (Which was about a thousand, two hundred and three score days until Jesus said it is finished and His way had been set up among men, even unto the Gentiles and soon were filled with the Holy Ghost. Now Satan has gone out to make war with her seed, which is you and I for we were grafted in to that body or that Olive Tree and became a Jew inwardly also and now we are all One, neither Jew or Gentile but the Church of the Living God. They sought to destroy her and that is why Peter denied the Lord three times. They could not destroy her and now She is under Grace.

    Sometimes I think it could of been when God spoke to Joseph and told him to take the child into Egypt. It still would be the church of which He was the King of. I don't know how long Joseph and Mary were in the land of Egypt until God called them out. regardless of which one, it still is the woman who came up out of the wilderness.

    There is a lot more, but hope this gives you enough to see how I do see the woman, who was clothed with the sun (her countenance ) and the moon under her feet (The Law) and upon her head a crown of twelve stars (twelve tribes of Israel).She brought forth a man child. (Jesus) He came to sit upon the Throne of David, so she had to be the true Israel or Remnant who were found perfect before God.

    Luke 2:
    4: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
    5: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
    6: And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
    7: And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
    8: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
    9: And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
    10: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
    11: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
    12: And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
    13: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
    14: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
    15: And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
    16: And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17: And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
    18: And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
    19: But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
    20: And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
    21: And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
    22: And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
    23: (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
    24: And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
    25: And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
    26: And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
    27: And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
    28: Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
    29: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
    30: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
    31: Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
    32: A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

    Matt 16:
    13: When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
    14: And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
    15: He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
    16: And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
    17: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
    18: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
    19: And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
    20: Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
    21: From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

    BBob,
     
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