Order of Worship

The lighting of the Advent Candle 

Welcome

Song of Praise “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Call to Worship Micah 5:3-5a

Song of Praise “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”

Confession of Faith Romans 5:1

Song of Praise “Christmas Day”

Prayer of Adoration

Greet One Another

Confession of Sin

Assurance of Pardon Psalm 130:7-8

Prayer of Intercession

Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings

Song of Preparation “What a Beautiful Name”

Scripture Reading Isaiah 9:1-7

Sermon  “The Character of the Savior” Craig Swartz

Prayer of Commitment

Song of Preparation “What Love my God”

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Song of Response “Jesus Shall Reign”

Benediction

 

And Jesus said “Tell No One”

Did He Just Say That?

December 5, 2021

Dr. Clayton Chisum

Jesus should not be a secret in our lives, we are to go and tell others about the Gospel!

Jesus would sometimes invite people to share their stories about his miraculous works.

Mark 5:18-20 (ESV)

 

Jesus often said “Tell no one”

This doesn’t make much sense, why would he want people to keep him a secret?

Mark 5:41-43 (ESV)

Mark 7:34-36 (ESV)

Mark 1:28 (ESV)

Mark 1:33-44 (ESV)

The people wanted the stuff, not the stuff

What do you want from God?

Jesus didn’t want them focusing on the miracles, but rather his message and his coming death.

Luke 23:8 (ESV)

Jesus wanted to teach about their need for him and how he could save them; it’s what he came to do.

Luke 4:18 (ESV)

Jesus is on a to invite you to the gospel

His primary mission was to teach, not to heal.

John 1:1 (ESV)

 

Most of the people Jesus directed not to tell about the miracles did not obey that.

Mark 7:36-37 (ESV)

Mark 1:45 (ESV)

Getting ahead of God is a foolish endeavor

Proverbs 3:5-7 (ESV)

When they got ahead of Jesus, it affected the gospel going out.

 

The crowds kept pressing Jesus and his disciples to do more miracles, and Jesus was exhausted.

Mark 4:35-38 (ESV)

Mark 6:30-31 (ESV)

Mark 6:32-34 (ESV)

If you’re not careful, too much and too little can hurt your relationship with God.

Are you doing too much?

Rahab
Joshua 2

Main Thing to Know:
God’s grace goes deeper & farther than our sin

The Main Characters:

• Joshua—

• Two Spies—

• Rahab—

The Story:

The Christ Connection:

Because of Jesus . . .

No one is unreachable

Sin is forgivable

Any life is redeemable

 

By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. (Hebrews 11:31)

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? . . . Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? (James 2:21, 25)

God’s grace goes deeper & farther than our sin

 

Love
Sinner wait no more
Love has broken the silence
Come let us adore
The Savior is with us


The season of Advent asks a singular question: 
Two types of waiting:

  1. Spiritual  that is drowned in .
  2. Spiritual  that is filled with .

 affects others tremendously.
The one thing that moves procrastinators to patience is the 
For a Christian, the joy of waiting comes from knowing the Savior  and is 

The Word Transforms

Ezekiel 37:1-14

(The Word of God Series)

 

Ezekiel—God’s Man for such a time as this

             Ezekiel 1:1-3

 

An Understanding of Prophecy:

            

            

 

Re-formation comes by the word .

(Ezekiel 37:1-8)

 

Revival comes by the word .

(Ezekiel 37:9-10)

 

Fulfillment of the Prophecy:


  1. ~
    Acts 2:36-41

  2. ~
    Romans 11:13-15
  3. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

 

 

OVERCOMING BITTERNESS

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Luke 15:17-31

I. The of BITTERNESS

A. The – Verse 28

B. The – Verse 28

C. The – Verse 29

D. The – Verse 29

E. The – Verse 30

II. The of BITTERNESS

A. There Was the CAUSE of

B. There Was the CAUSE of

C. There Was the CAUSE of

III. The of BITTERNESS

A. It Will COST You and

B. It Will COST You the

C. It Will COST You Your

D. It Will COST You

E. It Will COST You Your

IV. The for BITTERNESS

Matthew 5:23-24

A.

B.

C.

 

Christ commanded us to love one another even as . For us to know how to love each other we must understand the character of the rich deep love that Jesus Christ that Paul describes in Ephesians 3 as surpassing knowledge.

I. His love is unmerited

A. 1 John 4:10 “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the .”

B. Ephesians 2:4-7 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

C. What escapes definition is that even when we reject Him, we disobey Him, we sin against Him, . We call it ‘’, unmerited love from God to His rebellious creation.

D. God’s unmerited love is given to us, people who don’t deserve His love to transform and change us into new creations.

E. We are such undeserving beneficiaries of God’s . He reached down to us in our absolute total depravity and lifted us to Himself pouring out His grace to us.

F. Psalm 40:2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.

 

II. His love is unlimited

A. He, who loved us forgave us, doing so without limit.

1. Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

2. Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ And they divided His garments and cast lots.

B. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son…

C. Every week among the people who worship will be some who are hurting, some who have fallen once again into the old sins, some who are doubting God’s love and others who are craving it. “God so loved the world” is not an impersonal truth, but a comforting one because it impresses on us the unlimited love of God for us. He so loved us – any of us in the world, no matter what we’ve done – that He gave His only begotten Son. Even His gift to us shows His unlimited love. He did not withhold His dearest and His best. – James M. Behringer

D. Jonah 4:2 So he prayed to the LORD, and said, ‘Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness…

E. Nansen, the Norwegian explorer, tried to measure an extremely deep part of the Arctic Ocean. The first day, he used his longest measuring line but couldn’t reach bottom. He wrote in his log book, ‘The ocean is deeper than that!’ The next day, he added more line but still could not measure the depth, and so again in his record book he wrote, ‘Deeper than that!’ After several days of adding more and more pieces of rope and cord to his line, he had to leave that part of the ocean without learning its actual depth. All he knew was that it was beyond his ability to measure. So too, we cannot plumb the unlimited depths of God’s love, because our human measuring line is too short.

 

III. His love is unselfish

A.

1. 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 Love “Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

2. Jesus is the perfect example of selflessness. Matthew 20:28 says, ‘Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.’

B.

• 2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

• John 10:10 ‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it] more abundantly.

GOD’S PEOPLE, GOD’S PLACES, GOD’S PLANS

Jeremiah 29:10-14

Ray Jones

December 5, 2021 

 

 

  1. GOD’S . (V. 10)

 

  1. GODS . (V. 11)

  

  1. GODS . (VS. 11, 14)

 

 

 

Week Five

  1. Begin with prayer.

Now, think back to Sunday’s message. What sticks out?

II. RECAP: Key Scriptures

… “Let the Lord be magnified, who delights and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”” (Psalm 35:27, AMP).

God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land. (Psalm 68:6)

Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. (3 John 2, AMP)

III. Recap: How God Provides:

18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (Deuteronomy 8:18)

  1. God provides seed for sowing

29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. (Genesis 1:29)

22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (2 Corinthians 9:10)

2. God provides the Grace to produce

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Ephesians 4:7)

18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (Deuteronomy 8:18)

3. God provides opportunities

Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command. (1 Chronicles 12:32)

4. God provides vision

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” . (1 Corinthians 2:9)

5. God provides people

IV. Start talking:

Conversation starter: Which of the five ways that God provides, do you most relate with?

  • Why do you think it’s so hard for people to trust God for provision?
  • Can you share testimonies of God’s provision for you?
  • God provides seed for sowing. How well do you live by the principle of sowing per Genesis 8:22?
  • In what ways do you sow seeds with the future in mind?
  • What barriers get in the way of your sowing?
  • If God was to visit you tonight to address how you handle money, what areas would God say well done? Where do you need to do better?
  • Make a commitment to be better with money.

V. Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

  • God, You’ve been so generous with us. You give us seed to sow, you give increase and the power to get wealth. You require of us to be faithful stewards and we confess that we haven’t always lived up to your expectations. We humbly confess our shortcomings and ask you to help us. Help us to be disciplined Sowers and faithful stewards… Help us recognize the various ways you provide. Amen.

VI. Start doing. Look to God for provision

  • Take inventory of God’s provision of seed, grace, opportunities, vision and people. Be sure to appreciate and utilize God’s provision for you.

 

The Remedy to overcoming worry:

  • Pray About Everything!

“Do not worry about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”   Philippians 4:6

 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  I Peter 5:7

  • Focus on the Right Things!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”   Philippians 4:8

What we nourish will flourish!

the result of putting this remedy into practice in our lives:

  • Peace!

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 
 Philippians 4:7