The Shepherds and the Angels Celebrate Jesus Birth

December 23, 2012

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This week, we took a look at The Shepherds and the Angels Celebrate Jesus Birth.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at The Shepherds and the Angels Celebrate Jesus Birth.  Then answer the questions about where you are with joining in with this Message:

7 Truths about Sharing God’s Heart for the Poor and Outcast

1. God’s Love is always seeking the least and the last.

2.  Jesus said:  “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me…to proclaim good news to the poor….

3.  God is calling us to pour ourselves out for the poor.

4.  God is just asking us to do one thing for the poor—carry His love to them.

5.  God knows what it will cost for us to carry His love to the poor.

6.  God will prepare anyone who will simply say “yes”.

7.  God offers great rewards for those who will share His heart with the least and the last.

Sharing God’s Heart for the Poor and Outcast

What are 2-3 things that God is highlighting to you regarding heart for the poor and outcast?

Is there anything preventing you from sharing God’s love with the poor today?

What is God asking you to lay down or pick up this morning?

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Waiting for Jesus–His Ministry

December 9, 2012

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This week, we took a look at Waiting for Jesus–His Ministry.

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Take a look at Waiting for Jesus–His Ministry.  Then answer the questions about where you are with joining in with this Message:

7 Truths about Waiting for Jesus—His Ministry

1)    God wants to share more to Jesus’s ministry with you.

2)    God wants to share more of Jesus with you.

3)    God wants the ministry to be about Jesus.

4)    God shares Jesus’s ministry with you for the purpose of righteousness and praise.

5)    God invites you to wear Him out with prayer while you are waiting for Jesus’s ministry.

6)    God invites you to deal with any offense while you are waiting for Jesus’s ministry.

7)    God invites you to be faithful with the ministry opportunities He has already given you.

My Response to Waiting for Jesus—His Ministry

How do you respond when God asks you to wait for Jesus’s ministry?

Are there any lies about Jesus’s ministry that you need God to replace with His truth?

Would you ask God to reveal more about how to pray about sharing His ministry?


Waiting for Jesus–His Birth

December 2, 2012

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This week, we took a look at Waiting for Jesus–His Birth.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Take a look at Waiting for Jesus–His Birth.  Then answer the questions about where you are with joining in with this Message:

7 Truths about Waiting for Jesus—His Birth

1)    God gives us promises as demonstration of His trust in us.

2)    God gives us promises to change us.

3)    After receiving God’s promises, sometimes things appear to get worse, not better

4)    Receiving God’s promises costs us something.

5)    God is inviting us to longingly wait for Him.

6)    God’s promises aren’t always fulfilled the way we expect.

7)    God’s promises come to fruition in the fullness of time.

My Response to Waiting for Jesus—His Birth

What are 2-3 things that God is showing you about waiting for Him?

On a scale of 1 to 100, how are you doing with waiting for Jesus?

Would you pray for God to create a renewed gift of standing fast on His promises this week?


Jesus as a Child

December 23, 2010

We get a clear picture of Jesus as a child in Luke 2:39-52.  In this passage, we see Jesus’s parents bringing him to Jerusalem to participate in the annual Passover feast.  Once his parents have started back home, they realize that Jesus is not with the rest of the party.  Three days later, they find Him in the Temple, listening and asking questions of the religous leaders.

Through this account, we learn about not just Jesus, but also about the role of His parents in raising Him.  For example:

  • Jesus’s parents were faithful to do all they were required to do as parents.
  • Although they were aware of Jesus’s identity, they seemed surprised to find Him in the Temple when they returned to Jerusalem.
  • Under their parenting, Jesus grew in all areas:  spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically.

This story raises a number of questions we will seek to answer on Sunday:

  • Why are kids not just the church of tomorrow, but also the church of today?
  • What kind of environment are we developing for kids at our church?
  • What role do parents have in our kids development?
  • What role does the congregation have in our kids development?
  • What role do we expect our kids to have in our church?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and share a sermon called the Children of Christmas, Part 2.


God Loves Women!

December 24, 2009

This week, we complete our short series of challenging messages on “The Women of Christmas”.  If there’s one thing that’s become clear through this series it’s this:  GOD LOVES WOMEN!

This week, we will discuss several women’s issues as presented in the Christmas story, with a focus on the passage depicted in this 1627 painting by Rembradt, titled “Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord in Jesus”.

Through our Bible passage this week, we see Mary’s incredible faithfulness to meet all the requirements of the Law, even though her family was quite poor. 

We also get to hear Simeon’s prophetic words about Jesus’s great destiny to reaveal the glory of God to the nations.  The prophet pauses to reflect on how this will affect the young mother Mary, as many will love her son, but some will hate him.  Jesus will bring Mary her greatest joy in life—and also her greatest pain.

We are also introduced to a wonderful woman by the name of Anna, who was a very old woman with a strong devotion to God.  After being widowed by her husband only seven years into her marriage, she had spent the rest of her life worshipping in the Temple, fasting, and praying. And now at the ripe old age of eighty-four, she was finally realizing the blessing of seeing what she had been waiting for all these years:  the Savior Jesus was born!. And she couldn’t help herself but share the news with the whole city of Jerusalem!

Come and share with us as we open up the Bible and see what God says about women through this incredible story.

If you would like to read ahead, feel free to take a look at Luke 2:21-40.