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Christmas 2018 Sermon Study Notes


 Christmas Sermon Pt. 1 

December 16, 2018

Luke 1:26-56 NOTES

WHEN MARY MEETS GABRIEL

 

The Bible says Gabriel was sent…
27  to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

 Luke 1:28-29 (NASB)
28  And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
29  But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.

 Luke 1:30-37 (NASB)
30  The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
31  “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
32  “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33  and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34  Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
35  The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.
36  “And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.37  “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

 Romans 3:23 (NASB)
23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 

Romans 6:23 (NASB)
23  For the wages of sin is death… 

Isaiah 7:14 (NASB)
14  “Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

“Immanuel” – means “God with us.” 

“Jesus” – means “Yahweh saves.”

John 3:16-17 (NIV)
16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
 

Luke 1:38 (NASB)
38  And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

For Mary, believing God meant three things… 

  1. Committing herself to the unconditional service of her Lord.

 Luke 1:45 (NASB)
45  “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”

 Luke 1:38 (NASB)
38  And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word

  1. God was in control regardless of whether her circumstances were unpleasant or enjoyable.

Swindoll says, “She didn’t wait for her conflicted emotions to settle down. She didn’t ask how God would work out all the details before submitting to Him. She made the decision to trust the Lord’s power and goodness despite the inevitable hardship that lie ahead.”

“If you are not anchored in the goodness of God you will lower your theology to match your pain.” Christa Black Gifford

  1. Laying down her own dreams for life and embracing God’s will for her life.

Merry Christmas! That’s how much you matter to God!

 

                 Christmas Sermon Pt 2

December 23, 2018

Luke 2:1-20 NOTES

SHEPHERDS RESPONSE AT CHRISTMAS

 

 James 1:17 (NASB)
17  Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…

1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV)
17  Command those who are rich in this present world … to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

2 Corinthians 9:15 (NASB)
15  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Luke 2:1 (NASB)
1  Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.

Micah 5:2 (NASB)
2  “But as for you, Bethlehem…, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One [Jesus Christ] will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”

Luke 2:3-6 (NASB)
3  And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.
4  Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
5  in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.
6  While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.

Luke 2:7 (NASB)
7  And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

  1. These shepherds understood their responsibility to spread the Good News of God’s Savior.

 Luke 2:11 (NASB)
11  for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 

  1. The shepherds responded immediately to the opportunity to serve God and spread His message.

Luke 2:15-16 (NASB)
15  When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”
16  So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.

  1. The shepherds were willing to share what they had experienced.

 Luke 2:17-18 (NASB)
17  When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.
18  And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.