Sermon Notes, December 24, 2017, “The Reason for Christmas”
The Reason for Christmas
Celebrate God’s Providence!
God’s Providence prepared for His Son’s First Coming!
~ Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
~ Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
God’s Providence prepares for His Son’s Second Coming!
~ Acts 1:7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;
Celebrate God’s Salvation!
Celebrate God’s Powerful Salvation!
~ Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
~ Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
~ Philippians 2:9-11 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
~ I Corinthians 1:18, 23 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Celebrate God’s Universal Salvation!
~ John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
~ II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
~ I Timothy 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Celebrate God’s Unique Salvation!
~ Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
~ Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Celebrate God’s Good News!
God’s Good News consists of Truth!
~ I Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
~ Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
God’s Good News must be Shared!
~ Acts 1:8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.