February 22, 2018

Sermon December 17, 2017: Who Needs Christmas?

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Who Needs Christmas?” and his scripture reference is parts of Genesis 12:1 – Galatians 4:4. Listen and follow along:

The Christmas Story itself is crazy.

The Christmas Story becomes the Remarkable Story

An unbelievable, incoherent, impossible promise….

“Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

Blessed?

  • Conquered
  • Enslaved
  • Plundered

Abraham chose to believe the unbelievable.

You should read this part of the Bible, it will make you feel better about your own family.

Then God sent a deliverer named Moses…

The Kingdom of Israel

David the Warrior King

Solomon the Builder King

The Kingdom of Israel was divided.

In the midst of that chaos God sends a prophet to speak to the people…

I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)

“My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty. (Malachi 1:11)

All the nations would not be blessed through Israel.
Israel would not be the light to the Gentiles.

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, … (Galatians 4:4)

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:27-33)

Who needs Christmas? God decided the World needed Christmas…

Songs: Emmanuel, O Come O Come Emmanuel, The Drummer Boy, Your Name, and Christmas Offering

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