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Christmas - If it Comes 2017


 

 

 

 

Christmas If Christmas Comes

Galatians 4:19

 

United Christian Church

2851 Sevier Road

Marietta – NY 13110

315-636-9960

www.mariettachurchg.org

 

December 17th, 2017

 

 

Front Cover: Matthew 1:21 (NIV)

 

21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a]

because he will save his people from their sins.”

Inside Cover : Psalm 95:6 (ESV)

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

 

Call to Worship:  1 Chronicles 16:23-27  (ESV)

 

23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.

24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.

26 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.

 

Songs of Praise – GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

 

Todays Sermon - Christmas If Christmas Comes

 

Galatians 4

 

Galatians 4:19 : (NIV) 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

 

Opening Thoughts by Pastor Hal

[-] Christmas comes and goes and it makes no difference with too many people.

[-] Decorations – Sales in the Mall – Commercialization

[-] Social Side – Parties

[-] Travel – Visit Family Members

[-] Go to Church this Year – Better Check In

 

Basic Question – Will Christmas Really Come

[-] 4:19 – Paul is encouraging the Galatians to become Christians – Believe and Accept Jesus  

            { The Link Above on Galatians 4 – Whole Chapter }

 

Jesus means – God with Us

 

What should we be thinking – doing this Christmas Season

 

[-] Peace with one another

[-] Love Jesus

[-] Emulate – Be Like Jesus

 

[-] We are way too casual about Salvation

[-] Approach Christmas with a Humble Spirit

 

[-] God agonized over the Death of His Son – Do we agonize over the Death of Jesus?

            Jesus was born with a purpose

            Jesus died with a purpose

            Are we embracing God’s Covenant with Us – Salvation

 

 

Reflections on Jesus our Lord and Savior

 

Additional Thoughts About Jesus – Notes and Thoughts from Our Daily Bread Ministries

 

Our Daily Bread – 12/19/17 – Luke 19: 1-19 - Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

 

19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

 

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

 

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

 

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

 

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

 

ODB : From the time God’s first image-bearers—Adam and Eve—wandered off in sin, The Lord lamented the loss of fellowship with His people. He went to great lengths to restore the relationship by sending His one and only Son “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Without the birth of Jesus, and without His willingness to die to pay the price for our sin and to bring us to God, we would have nothing to celebrate at Christmastime.

 

Christmas is about God taking extreme measures to reclaim those who were lost.

 

 

So this Christmas, let’s be thankful that God took extreme measures by sending Jesus to reclaim our fellowship with Him. Although we once were lost, because of Jesus we have been found!

 

Prayer : 

Heavenly Father, in the midst of all the joy of Christmas,

remind me that the true meaning of this season lies in the depth of Your love.

Thank You for sending Jesus to reclaim undeserving people like me!

 

 

Monday December 18th – ODB – Link to Oswald Chambers

 

Oswald Chambers : Being faithful to Jesus Christ is the most difficult thing we try to do today. We will be faithful to our work, to serving others, or to anything else; just don’t ask us to be faithful to Jesus Christ. Many Christians become very impatient when we talk about faithfulness to Jesus. Our Lord is dethroned more deliberately by Christian workers than by the world. We treat God as if He were a machine designed only to bless us, and we think of Jesus as just another one of the workers.

The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part.

 

God wants to use us as He used His own Son.

 

 

Psalm 146 -  (NIV) - Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

 

Romans 8:28 (NIV) : 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


O Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

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