Summary: A christmas day sermon. A member in the congregation would open a present to intorduce each topic. The present would correspond to the point.
God’s Christmas gifts
December 25, 2016
River Bend Baptist Church
INTRO: Merry Christmas – for real, today is Christmas.
There a lot of things which make Christmas special…
-Favorite Bible passages and stories
There are some other things as well
-Time with family and friends
-Travel and time away from work
One of the fun ways we celebrate Christmas is by giving gifts. God gave us the best Christmas gift when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
I appreciate the reading of the Christmas story earlier we need to make sure we never forget what Christmas is all about.
But for the next couple of minutes I want us to think about some of the other gifts God has given us.
Faith and Believe
Have you noticed that every time an angel shows up in the Christmas story it’s about Faith and to encourage someone to Believe.
Joseph, Mary and the Shepherds have faith in God and believe what He is doing.
To Believe in Christmas and all that God is doing in your life it takes Faith.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
For we live by faith, not by sight
To follow Jesus is to walk by faith.
Christmas makes it possible for us to believe in God and to have faith that He is at work in our lives.
With God all things are possible
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
Jesus birth is God’s power on display. Christmas shows God’s power to the world.
God completely rearranges the way things normally happen so He can bring about His word, His will, and His plans.
Why the miraculous birth? So Jesus can become the propitiation for us all. So His sinless death can pay the price for our sins.
Through God’s power all things are possible, nothing is impossible.
This even goes for today.
Let God work out the impossible in your life.
-health, finances, rebellious child, dismay, depression, relationships
Someone once said; your impossible…is Gods possibility.
TRANS: We are looking at gifts God has given us.
Jesus showed us the greatest love ever seen.
John 15: 13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Jesus’ great love changes us.
Do everything in love.
We love because He first loved us.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Christmas is God showing love in an extraordinary way – and we should sho love to others.
Angel told the shepherds “Peace on earth”
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
What a great gift God’s peace is.
Steps to peace…
1. Trust God.
2. Really trust God.
3. Really, Really trust God.
4 Because you really, really trust God, relax and let God’s pace flow into every ears of your life.
Christ comes so you can have Joy
The angel said to the shepherds…”I bring you Good News of a great joy.”
…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
…you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
You will fill me with joy in Your presence,
God in you brings joy.
Billy Sunday once said; “If there is no joy in your life than there is a leak in your Christianity.
And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in Him the Gentiles will hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Because of Christmas you can overflow with hope. God is the God of hope and he wants Hope to over flow I your life.