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The Purpose Of Christmas Week 1 – Celebration

December 12, 2012


Listen To The Sermon Here

A Change Of Celebration

“Ironically at most Christmas parties, the person whose birthday you are supposed to be celebrating is completely ignored, he is never even mentioned. Although Jesus is the reason for the season, he is often overlooked or merely mentioned along with Rudolf, Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus, The Grinch, The Elves, and a long list of celebrated fictional characters.” The Purpose Of Christmas

Luke 2:8-12, 15-17,20 (NLT)

“That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!”…When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child…The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God…

Celebration – They Ran, They told everyone, They glorified and praised God

We are a people of ­­Forgetting and yet our faith is strengthened by ­­Remembering.

“Then the Lord told Moses, ‘Quick!  Go down the mountain!  The people you brought from Egypt have defiled themselves.  They have already turned from the way I commanded them to live.  They have made an idol shaped like a calf and they have worshipped and sacrificed to it.  They are saying, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you out of Egypt. Exodus 22:7-8 (NLT)

Don’t you remember the five thousand I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of food that were left over?  Don’t you remember the four thousand I fed with seven loaves, with baskets of food left over?”  Matthew 16:9-10 (NLT)

“The tassels will remind you of the commands of the Lord and that you are to obey the commands instead of following your own desires and going your own ways, as you are prone to do.”  Numbers 15:39 (NLT)

Penny – Past

[Jesus said] “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  Mark 2:17 (NIV)

“Oh what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.  Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord.” Romans 4:7-8 (NLT)

“For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.  God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.”  Colossians 1:13-14 (NLT)

It’s FREE – It doesn’t even cost you a Penny

Nickel – NOW

“When God lives and breathes in you (and he does as surely as he did in Jesus) you are delivered from that dead life.  With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!”  Romans 8:11 (MSG)

Dime – Destiny 

“I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life.  They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”  John 5:24 (NLT)

“So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful kindness rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 5:21 (NLT)

Quarter – Spiritual Growth 

”As he scattered the seed some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it.  Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly.  Some fell in the weeds; as it came up it was strangled by the weeds.  Some fell on good soil, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”  Matthew 13:4-8 (MSG)

What if we become a people of Celebration instead of a people of forgetting?


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