This year, we are starting a series called “ROYAL” to help us understand not only what Christmas is all about, but the deep theology behind the kingship of Jesus. There is so much in Scripture that points to Christ as the one true King. This series will help us understand the prophecies that heralded Jesus as the promised King as well as keeping our minds focused on Him as we head toward December 25.
This weekend, we come to the final message in this series. God has blessed us tremendously, but without question, His greatest gift is salvation. God rescued us while we were still sinners and provided a way to return us into relationship with Him. The title of this weekend’s message is “THANKFUL FOR SALVATION.”
This weekend, we will be taking a look at something we all know to be part of the Christian but many struggle with: evangelism. We have heard the commands in Scripture to go out and spread the gospel, but have a difficult time putting them into practice. Scripture does not call us to be the prosecution or defense attorneys in God’s courtroom. Nor are we supposed to be the judge of jury. We are witnesses to Christ and what He has done. The title of this weekend’s message is “THE WITNESS STAND.”
This message is titled “CRUCIFIED AND RISEN.” The point of the message is this –The crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus are not just historical facts. They are a present reality. They are more than just events from the past that save us. They are events in the present that free us from the grip of sin and give us the power to live. After we get saved we are to live the crucified and risen lives.
This weekend, we turn our attention to the importance of prayer. Throughout Scripture, we see the emphasis on prayer and the privilege of talking to our Heavenly Father. Jesus, Paul, James, and many others in the New Testament talk about the importance of prayer, not only for ourselves but interceding on the behalf of others, too. The title of the message this weekend is “DISCIPLESHIP: INTERCESSION.”
In this message we will complete the comparison between the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament and Jesus of Nazareth in the New Testament. The conclusion is this – What Jesus has done for His people, He continues to do for us today. We can trust His promises. He is always faithful.
When we study the Old Testament and the New Testament side by side we begin to realize that Jesus was none other than the “Angel of the Lord” who visited His people time and again before His birth 2000 years ago. In His pre-incarnate visits He did certain ministries for His people. Amazingly, those were the same ministries that He performed in His years on earth. And, yes – those are the same ministries that He still does for His people today. What is He doing in your life right now?
In Luke 2 we meet Simeon who was directed by the Holy Spirit to recognize the coming of Jesus Christ. The Bible describes him as a person who was just and devout, hope filled, and full of grace and truth. These are the characteristics of a person who is under the authority of the Holy Spirit. What the world needs is to see men and women who are led by the Holy Spirit. Our community needs to see us walking in integrity, filled with hope for the future, speaking the truth in grace, and pointing people to Jesus.