We all know that Christmas is the time when Jesus was born. It is the reason for the season! Tucked away in Luke’s Christmas story, there are other details I want to examine today. In this passage, there are four ways God works.
This is the most amazing event in all of history: the eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinitely holy Son of God took on a human nature and lived among humanity as one who was both God and man at the same time, in one person…
John’s Christmas story reveals four grace gifts…
1. The Presence of God
2. The Glory of God
3. The Grace of God
4. The Knowledge of God
Grace. What an amazing gift! This week, we look at Romans 14 to discover how to live lives filled with grace and how to show grace to others. There are four practical guidelines to follow if you are serious about releasing others in grace.
1. Accept other believers, warts and all.
2. Refuse to dictate to others—allow the Lord to direct their lives.
3. Never assume a position we’re not qualified to fill.
4. Express our liberty wisely.
The series on Grace continues by looking at Romans 6:15-23. The big idea is Grace is a privilege to be enjoyed and protected, not a license to please ourselves.
The word “Thanks” means “expression of gratitude.” Thanksgiving is a “public celebration of divine goodness; a day set apart… to acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary dispensation of His bounties” (Webster, 1828).
“What are you thankful for?” This time of year, people often ask this question. I really love Thanksgiving because of this question. It gives me a chance to pause and reflect on how God has blessed me. During the month of November, you often see on social media the “30 days of Thanksgiving.” This is an abbreviated version.
Today, and next week, we are going to be looking at Romans 6. This chapter has been described as the Christians Emancipation Proclamation. Christians are free from Satan’s intimidation and sin’s domination. Romans 6 contains two questions in verses 1 and verses 15. This week, we will look at the first question that Paul asks. This question addresses those who fail to claim their liberty and continue to live like slaves. Those who nullify grace. Next week we will look at the second question that is addressed to those who take their freedom and liberty too far. The response to both is “MAY IT NEVER BE!”
let’s consider a coffin. When you are dead, you aren’t thinking about the coffin. You aren’t thinking about if you are comfortable, what your make-up looks like, what others think of you. Because… you’re dead. However, if you were alive and put in a coffin, you are definitely not comfortable. I can’t imagine a more uncomfortable place to be. When looking at Ephesians 2:1-10, Warren Wiersbe talks about the difference between grave clothes and grace clothes. That is how we will frame our discussion today.
Prayer is a privilege. Where do we begin to explore this priceless spiritual privilege God has given us? The answer that comes most readily to mind is to look first to Jesus. What did He say about prayer that can equip us for making the most of this vital commitment?
There is so much confusion surrounding the book of Revelation and I am not going to be able to answer all of your questions. For you theologians, we are a dispensational church, we believe in the pretribulation rapture of the church and we believe in the literal thousand year reign of Christ. But I’m not going to teach about those today. Instead, I want to look at the last book in the NT and tell you six certainties we see in the book of Revelation.
Did you know that the lives of the Apostle Paul and the Emperor Nero overlapped for a short time in the city of Rome? In the seventh decade these two famous men lived in the same city. While Nero’s name was making headlines, Paul’s wasn’t. Oprah would have wanted to interview Nero. Bill O’Reilly would want Nero on his show. Nero would have been invited to state dinners hosted by the President. Nero was hero. Paul was zero.
“Paul faithfully follows God’s plan to the end, writing words of encouragement and challenging all along the way. We should too.”
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