Summary: God has some wonderful gifts for everyone at Christmas time.
A Christmas Catalog
Text: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
The following is inspired by a similar message I heard by a fellow pastor.
Intro. – Everyone enjoys gazing upon the Christmas tree with all of its unknown wonders beautifully wrapped below. Here we are just a few hours before Christmas, have you completed all of your shopping? Do you have to purchase any last minute presents? Maybe we can help you with our Christmas Catalog for last minute presents.
1. Mercy – Found two places in our text. First offered in verse 13 “Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.” So much for ignorance is bliss! Then in verses 15-16 we are told how mercy comes to us. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners- of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy”…
Mercy comes through the savior Christ Jesus to those that don’t deserve it. And the worse you are the more of it you can have. Next in our catalog is…
2. Grace – Found in verse 14. “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly...” Last minute shoppers can still find an abundant supply of grace, even at this late hour. Why settle instead for another pair of socks when Our Lord wants to pour out his grace. Just ask for God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense to be sure your getting the right item.
3. Faith – Found in verse 14. But this is not just any old faith. This is “The faith that is in Christ Jesus” This item is loosely packaged to allow room for expansion! How much can you handle?
4. Love – Found in verse 14.”The love that is in Christ
Jesus.” This item is not to be put away when Christmas is over. The more you use it the better it gets. Of course we are not responsible for tarnishing due to lack of use. When ordering specify heart size.
5. Eternal life- Found in verse 16. “For those who would Believe on him and receive eternal life.” Eternal life is the life of God living only in those who believe. Please note that there is no need to purchase an extended warranty for this item as it has a built in lifetime guarantee.
Conclusion – If you are in need of additional items not listed here, see the year round catalog for details. (The Bible)
Free delivery in time for Christmas. Call today at J-E-R-E-M-I-A-H 33:3. “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”
Call today for details and the greatest part is that money is no object! Isaiah 55:1-3 says, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.”