Sermons from December 2016

Sermons from December 2016

Christ the Lord

Luke 2:10-11 affirms the identity and mission of the baby born at Christmas. Jesus is a Savior for all people, our Savior from sin’s penalty and its rule over us. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah (one anointed to perform a certain task). He fulfilled the roles of a prophet, priest, and king. Jesus is Lord, God the Son who has sovereign authority. God has acted in history to bring grace to us through Christ — will you accept His…

Worship at Jesus’ Feet

The second chapter of Matthew traces the steps of the magi as they bow at the feet of Jesus. The cruel tyrant, Herod, refused to bow due to hostility toward anyone who might threaten his rule. The chief priests and scribes knew the prophesies about the promised birth of the Messiah but were indifferent and did not pursue the Christ or bow before Him. The Wise Men, however, sought for Jesus, listened to what the Scriptures told about Him, and joyfully offered Him their gifts and their worship. Let us cast aside our hostility and indifference toward Christ the Savior and do the same.

Christmas Changes How We Look at Things

In chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus interacting with various groups of people and reminding them (and us) that our hearts are often hardened toward the things of God. It is necessary to receive Him like a child, to put away any idols in our heart which crowd out God, and to serve others. In Mark 10:45 Jesus explains the reason for His entry into our world: For even the Son of Man came not to…