December 24, 2017
Text: I John 4:7-8, I Cor 14:1
Text: Luke 2:1-20
It was a day like any other, but it wasn’t a child like any other. The child was Jesus, who is Savior, Messiah and Lord. In this message we look at Jesus’ incarnation: His prophesied coming, the announcement of His arrival, the reality, and the purpose. Luke 2:1-20
Text: Colossians 1:15-20
Guest speaker, James Groves, preaches on the preeminence of Christ in the original creation as well as in the new heavens and the new earth, the new creation. Mr. Groves also explores the practical nature of the supremacy of Christ in our sanctification, and the futility of putting our trust in lesser things. Colossians 1:15-20
Text: I Peter 5:5-7
A humble Christ-centered life among believers is an essential element in the local fellowship, and also serves as a testimony to an unbelieving world. Thus, the act and attitude of humility should be the normal way of life for each believer in the Christian assembly. Specifically, humility should govern our attitude toward our elders as well as toward one another. The key to having this be our godly testimony is how we view the greatness and holiness of God. While we are challenged by Christ’s example of humility we must realize that the only way we can achieve this level of spiritual maturity is by a Spirit-filled life while abiding in Christ.
Text: I Peter 3:8-12
Christ has called us to the blessing of abundant life; in turn we are to be a blessing to others. Blessing others manifests itself in the local fellowship of which we are a part. Blessing one another involves having attitudes of compassion, tenderness, courtesy, and forgiveness. The key to this lifestyle of blessing is unity of heart and mind. This will result in a good testimony to those who are outside our local fellowship.
Text: Zechariah 3
Zechariah 3 is a picture of God’s salvation. Our sanctification is grounded in our justification by faith alone and in Christ alone.
Text: I Peter 2:1-8
Christ is the most precious treasure a believer can posses. We are commanded to lay aside our old nature, but what shall take its place? Christ Jesus, Who builds us up as living stones – a spiritual house. He is the foundation from which our new life in Christ flows.
Puritan Thomas Goodwin once said:
“Oh, let Him be to each of us our Beloved! If He be God’s Beloved, He may as well be thine. Is He able to satisfy God’s vast thoughts; and is He not able to satisfy thee, poor creature? God Himself is satisfied and at rest in Him.”
Mr. Haguewood’s sermon will continue in the book of I Peter. I Peter 2:1-8
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Depression results from a life centered on self rather than God. Christians should be the most joy filled people in the world. However sins like envy, anger and self pity can lead to depression if not checked. If we understand the reasons why we look inward and focus on self, we can understand how to break the bonds of self pity and depression and walk in trust, hope and joy.
Mr. Thomas’s sermon will look at the life of Cain, Abel, Elijah and Jonah as illustrations on how to identify the steps to depression and out of depression as well as a few personal examples.
The following scriptures are used: Genesis 4 – story of Cain and Abel, 1 Kings 19 – story of Elijah, Jonah 3 – story of Jonah, 2 Tim 2:20-21, Heb 12:1-3, Rom 5:1-5, 1 Peter 1:3-9, Heb 6:18-19, 1 John 3:2-3, Psalms 32, 42 and 71.
The Christian life should be lived by grace alone. Often times we shift between a life of works and grace basing our justification on our sanctification instead of our sanctification on our justification, confusing the results of our Christian life (good works) with the cause. We’ll study the lives of Cain, Jonah and the older brother (in the Parable of the Two Sons in Luke 15) to help us understand how to live by grace.
Scripture tells us that God forbids idolatry. Yet man has a very difficult time obeying God, for man is always creating idols in his heart. In fact, theologian and pastor John Calvin said that man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.
This sermon is given by guest preacher, Mark Thomas. It addresses the nature and causes of idolatry in our hearts, along with the remedy for it. Deuteronomy 8:1-3, Psalm 145:15-16, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Isaiah 55:1-2, John 6:1-35, Romans 6:16
Christians can find comfort and assurance in knowing the mercies of our Lord. In the midst of nations that rage against God and against His Anointed, believers can rest assured that our Lord Jesus is ruling and reigning until He makes His enemies His footstool. While much of the earth still groans under the curse of the fall, we can also take heart in knowing that our Savior intercedes for us before the heavenly throne of grace and we can find security in the sure promises of His eternal Word. In all, we are comforted and assured by the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ is the great Prophet, the merciful High Priest, and reigning King of His beloved saints.
Mr. Ford’s sermon will address these three divine offices of our Lord Jesus. Deuteronomy 18:15, Acts 3:20-22, Luke 9:22, Hebrews 5:5-10, Psalm 103:19, Ephesians 1:17-23, Matthew 16:15-19