Summary: Apologetic Message, set in a contempory theme...there should be enough for a lengthy sermon or it could be re-worked to an appropriate length for your circumstances. You will be encouraged to use your minds as we examine historical evidence that logically
Did You Get the “TEXT” About My Son? – God
NIELSEN: TEXTING NOW MORE POPULAR THAN CALLING
The Nielsen Company, recently, released figures showing that the typical U.S. mobile subscriber now sends and receives more SMS text messages than they do mobile telephone calls.
As of Q2 2008, a typical U.S. mobile subscriber sends or receives 357 text messages per month, compared to placing or receiving 204 phone calls.Though the number of calls has remained relatively steady, the number of text messages is up 450% from just two years prior.
When a friend or a co-worker asks, “Did you get my Text?” Are they just asking if you received it? Of course not, they want to know that you took the time necessary to read it.
If you brought your cell phone please get it out and turn them on. In a few moments some of you will receive a text message, if you receive a message please share it with those around you.
Text Message Reads – “You have the text message God sent you, it has 774,746 words…The Holy Bible” (Have congregation turn their phones off)
God is ‘texting’ all of us and from every word of the Bible. In the “Text” of Scripture God is speaking to us in Old Testament history, calling us to rejoice in His marvelous works in creation and providence. He’s speaking to us in the Psalms, giving us magnificent examples of repentance, worship and commitment. He speaks to us through the Prophets, proclaiming His sovereign dealings with mankind and warning us of judgment to come. He’s speaking to us in the Gospels, drawing us to Christ, the only Redeemer and Savior of sinners. In the “TEXT” of Scripture God calls us to salvation. He’s speaking to us in Acts of the Apostles, as we read the story of the young churches and gives us the necessary blueprint for what the church should look like today. He’s speaking to us in the Letters to the churches from the apostles, showing us how to live in a way worthy of the gospel. He’s speaking to us in Revelation, allowing us to get a glimpse of heaven and let’s us know we are victorious because His Son is victorious. God is speaking, He has sent us the completed “TEXT”, are we paying attention?
If God were to ask you, “Did you get my Text?”
Our answer would be yes Lord, we have your Holy Word, all of us have Bible’s. But what if He asked the followup question, “Did you pay attention to what it said about my Son?
God has revealed to all a complete text about His Son.
Hebrews 1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
God has revealed to all a complete text about His Son and He expects us to Pay Attention
Hebrews 2:1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (NIV)
This is the first of five admonitions found in the Book of Hebrews and its purpose is to encourage all readers to pay attention to God’s Word (His text message to us) and obey it. This warning is written to believers and the writer includes himself when he writes “we.”
Don’t drift away; don’t neglect your salvation, pay attention to the great salvation you have received from the Lord.
But what if you have drifted away, what if you have neglected God’s Word, prayer, worship and worshipping together with God’s People. Then you are in the right place at the right time, because together we will examine the man Jesus and much more…
We all can benefit from a Historical, Intelligent and Rational Faith, based upon real people, places and events, which actually took place during New Testament times. You will be encouraged to use your minds as we examine historical evidence that logically supports first placing your faith in the fact that Jesus the man existed and this Jesus of Nazareth is who He said He was, the Son of God and our Savior.