Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

Christmas from GOD’S Point of View

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

It is worth observing that God emphasizes elements of Jesus’ coming that we often do not during this season. God also does not emphasize many things that we do emphasize. In this passage, Philippians 2:1-11, we see that God highlights Jesus’ humble sacrifice, death, and ultimate exaltation and mandate of worship, not his infancy. Regarding Jesus’ coming at “Christmas,” what do you emphasize?

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A Walk-Through Christmas: Key Events Surrounding Jesus’ Birth

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Christmas is much more than a single moment of time. The Old Testament prophesies of Jesus’ birth in Genesis! In this “walk-through” Christmas, we focus on the earthly timeline of events as revealed in the Gospels. As we read the texts of Scripture, several from our congregation do a “walk-through,” representing the various individuals identified in the Biblical account. We begin when the angel appears to Mary, and we end when Jesus is a young man. Get a better picture of the entire account of Jesus’ Christmas coming!

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The First Christmas – The ONE Verse that Records Jesus’ Birth (Luke 2:6-20)

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

How many Bible verses did God use to record the actual birth of the Savior? One. One verse. All other “Christmas passages” – the angel appearing to Mary, the angel appearing to Joseph, the edict of Caesar, the trip to Bethlehem, the shepherds, the wise men, the flight to Egypt, etc. – occur days, weeks, months, years or longer before or after the actual birth of Jesus. What is this unique passage, and how should that impact our Christmas practices and focus?

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On the Giving of Gifts at Christmas: Is There a Basis for Doing So?

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Have you ever thought about this question: Why DO we give gifts at Christmas? Many try to offer reasons from Scripture, but have you thought about the truthfulness of those reasons? Some say that we give gifts to one another because the wise men gave gifts to Jesus. Others offer the argument that we do so because God gave His gift – Jesus – to us. Some figure that we are giving to one another to fill needs that we might have. Others believe we somehow are earning eternal rewards when we load our loved ones up with gifts. Some may even think that it encourages people to love God when we bury others with Christmas gifts. What would be the Biblical validity of these reasons? We’ll look at each in this study.

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The Victory of the Messiah (Isaiah 53:12)

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Jesus rises again. He wins. And He will return to reward those who have trusted Him, and judge those who have not.

Trusting How God Will Work (Luke 1-2)

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Apprentice Ethan Long brings another study from Luke, helping us to see things from God’s perspective. You can live for God where you are at.

The Resurrection of the Messiah (Isaiah 53:10b-11)

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Cut off, and now alive! God saw, and was satisfied!

3 Testimonies and 5 Applications (Luke 2:21-39)

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Our pastoral apprentice Ethan Long brings an interesting study from a different angle on the events and people around “Christmas,” when Jesus was born.

The Death of the Messiah (Isaiah 53:7-10a)

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

700 years before Jesus took on flesh as a human, Isaiah foretold how the Messiah would die. He was sent on a mission to die for us!

The Payment of the Messiah (Isaiah 53:4-6)

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Continuing on in our study of a “different kind of Christmas,” we see what the Messiah accomplished. We saw a man trodden down, thinking God was against Him. Instead, He was suffering for US.