Christmas is Over, Now What? Dec 27, 2015

Matt. 2:1-13
Christmas is over, now what?
1. Responding to Herod
2. Responding to the sleeping world
3. Responding like the magi (John 1:1-18, Luke 2:20)
– John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
– Will we remain captivated by the wonder, the majesty and simplicity of the Christ of Christmas throughout the year?

The Increase of His Government and of His Peace, Dec 20, 2015

Isaiah 9:6-7
– the ultimate and absoute government of all things shall belong to Christ
– “of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.”
– He shall “establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever,”
– “it is firmly established and suported in justice and righteousness from now on and forever.”
– Christ came into the world as the great prophet, priest, and king”
– as prophet, He speaks for God
– as priest, He is man’s savior and advocate with the Father
– as king, He rules over the world
– Isaiah tied the two together: “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.”
– true peace, in otherwords, is a product of true government.
– when there is true law and order, then there is also true peace
– no God, no peace; know God, know peace
The nature of this Government:
1. Internal-external; weakness-power (Phil 2:7, Isaiah 7:14)
– Jesus, the Messiah, is fully God and fully man (Gen 1:26)
– If He were not fully God, His sacrifice would be insufficient. If Jesus is not fully God and fully man, we are lost in sin. (John 3:3-7)
2. His kingdom revealed through you
– Rom. 14:17, Rev. 11:15
– until then may God see an increase of His righteousness, His peace, and His joy by the power of the Holy Spirit because we are yielding to the increase of His government

A Thanksgiving Kind of Christmas, Dec 13, 2015

1 Thess. 5:18
1. Gratitude honors God
2. Gratitude creates fellowship
3. Gratitude develops my faith
4. Gratitude serves others
5. Gratitude is a witness to unbelievers
– Christians should be known for radical love, radical kindness, radical joy, radical gratitude. There’s a word for that. It’s called being Christ-like.