Summary: To lead the unsaved hearer to salvation and the saved hearer to surrender his life and will over to God’s perfect will for him/her
HOW TO BECOME A F.R.O.G.
(Fully Relying On God)
Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:13-15; Matthew 2:19-23
Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public exam-ple, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His peo-ple from their sins." 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
Matthew 2:13-15 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him." 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son."
Matthew 2:19-23 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead." 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene."
PROPOSITION: To lead the unsaved hearer to salvation and the saved hearer to surrender his life and will over to God’s perfect will for him/her.
The First Step In Being A F.R.O.G. Is To …
I. KNOW WHO YOU ARE v.20a
But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord ap-peared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, …”
Illustration: A frog knows that he is a frog. He doesn’t pretend to be a fish, or else he would drown. He doesn’t chase mice, he doesn’t bark at the moon. A frog has no aspirations of becoming a prince. A frog knows what he is and he does what he’s good at.