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Repent and be Baptized

Text: Matthew 3
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: December 30, 2012

How successful would you expect a preacher to be if he chooses an inconvenient location for his meetings, his preaching style is threatening and abrasive focusing upon God’s wrath, he offends the trend-setters and leaders in the community, and he neither tells stories nor uses humor in his sermons?

John the Baptist was just such a preacher, yet the multitudes came to hear his preaching and to be baptized. God sent John as the forerunner of Jesus. John’s message was simple – “repent for the kingdom of heaven is near”.

Having covered Matthew 1 and 2 over the past two weeks, tomorrow we will complete our mini-series on the coming of the Son of God by proclaiming the gospel in Matthew 3.  We will also be reminded that baptism is not given based upon who your physical parents are, but based upon personal repentance (and faith).  Finally, we will consider the significance of Jesus’ baptism.

What Will You Do With Jesus

Text: Matthew 2
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: December 23, 2012

The Christmas story includes an event similar to the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut as a madman kills small children in cold blood. King Herod, threatened by the news of a newborn king, has the young children in Bethlehem murdered.

Time haven’t changed that much in 2000 years.  On the same day on which twenty children were gunned down in what should have been a safe place (a school), far more unborn children (in Connecticut alone) were killed in what should be a safe place (their mother’s womb).  Sadly, the politicians and media who shed tears for the slaughter of the innocent children of Newtown, like Herod, don’t seem to care about the slaughter of the unborn innocents.  Such evil events shows the world’s need of a Savior Who brings redemption.

Matthew 1 establishes that Jesus is the Messiah, the true king of Israel. He has come to establish an everlasting kingdom of peace and righteousness.

Our text tomorrow, Matthew 2, sets forth three possible responses to Jesus, the King.
– Some, like Herod, are openly hostile towards Him.
– Many, like the great majority of the Jews in Jerusalem, are indifferent.
– A few, like the Magi, worship Him.

God Sent Forth His Son

Text: Galatians 4:4-7
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Date: December 23, 2012

An evening service sermon from Jim Newheiser.

Jesus’ Royal Lineage

Text: Matthew 1:1-25
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: December 16, 2012

I will be taking a break from Galatians to preach through Matthew 1-3, pertaining to Christmas (and more).  Please read Matthew 1 before coming to church on Sunday.

Why is this genealogy (and others) included in Scripture?
How does this genealogy reflect God’s grace?
Why are the women included?
Why is Joseph’s genealogy given?
How does Matthew 1 address our celebration of Christmas?

The God Who Came Down

Text: Exodus 2:23-3:15
Speaker: Brian Onstead
Date: December 16, 2012

An evening service sermon from Brian Onstead.

Christ Has Come

Text: Luke 2
Speaker: Chris Fales
Date: December 9, 2012

An evening service sermon from Chris Fales.

Reasons for Christ’s Coming

Text: Luke 2:22-38
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: Luke 2:22-38

The Christmas season can be a great time for reflecting on the coming of Christ. We often think of the atoning work of Christ as the reason for his coming, but there is also great richness in the prophetic anticipation that surrounded his arrival which can help us even more appreciate the fullness of salvation that he brought to his people.

On Sunday, Lord willing, we will look at Luke’s record of Simeon and Anna in the temple (Luke 2:22-38) and see what reasons they give for the incarnation. I have found this passage encouraging and challenging as I think about its implications for how we personally view the gospel and share it with others.

In preparation for Sunday’s message will you read Luke 1:1-2:38? It will be helpful background for the sermon.

If you’d like to meditate on some of the Old Testament context, Isaiah chapter 40 and 51-52 would be very helpful as well.

Prepare to Meet Your God

Text: Exodus 40:34-38
Speaker: Brian Onstead
Date: December 2, 2012

An evening service sermon from Brain Onstead.

The Folly of Idolatry

Text: Habakkuk 2:6-20
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: December 2, 2012

Tomorrow morning I am planning to preach from Habakkuk 2:6-20. The message is entitled The Folly of Idolatry. In our densely materialistic culture, I am sure that some of the prophet’s admonitions should touch us all! Could I encourage you by way of preparation for the Word to read the whole of this little book? I think it will be both helpful and encouraging. I am very much looking forward to our time of worship together.

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