Summary: God wants to move us: 1. From ordinary living to extraordinary living (8). 2. From fear to faith (9-11). 3. From condemnation to salvation (11). 4. From sadness to gladness (10-14 & 20). 5. From a pointless life to a heavenly purpose (15-18).
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Part 3: Let the Lord Move You this Christmas
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - Dec. 25, 2011
*I sure am glad that you are here this morning. Some of you have travelled a long way to get here. Christmas is a time when people are on the move.
*I remember, years ago, driving to Georgia, all night long in a tiny Ford Escort. Our luggage and Christmas presents were on top in a carrier we borrowed. Becky and Eric were laid out in the back with the seat folded down.
*The longest Christmas trip from home started on Dec. 21, 1968. That’s when Apollo 8 took off for the Moon. They reached lunar orbit on Christmas Eve.
*That evening astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders did a live TV broadcast, showing pictures of the Earth and Moon seen from Apollo 8. They read part of the creation story from Genesis 1. Then Frank Borman said, “From the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you -- all of you on the good Earth.” (1)
*Christmas is a time when people are on the move.
-And this Christmas, God wants to move you to a new place in life!
1. First, God wants to move us from ordinary living to extraordinary living.
*The shepherds remind us of this truth in vs. 8&9.
8. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
*It started out as an ordinary turn on the night shift. And these shepherds were just doing their job, when God broke through in an extraordinary way!
*I like the way Max Lucado described it: “An ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook an ‘extra’ on the front of the ordinary, the night would have gone unnoticed, the sheep would have been forgotten, and the shepherds would have (worked) the night away.
*But the black sky exploded with brightness. Sheep that had been silent became a chorus of curiosity. One minute the shepherd was (half) asleep, the next he was rubbing his eyes and staring into the face of an (angel).
*The night was ordinary no more. The angel came in the night because that is when lights are best seen, -- and that is when they are most needed.
*God comes into the common for the same reason. God often chooses to do his greatest work through people or things we normally think of as weak or unimportant.” (2)
*To God, nobodies are somebodies! -- And He wants to move you from ordinary living to extraordinary living.
-But are you looking for the Hand of God to be at work in your life?
-Do you have a sense of wonder?
*James Garrett tells about a little girl who was dressed as an angel for the Christmas program in her church. And the director told her to come down the center aisle. That’s when the little girl asked: “Do you want me to walk or fly?”
*And Garrett said, “You feel as though she almost could have flown. Don’t ever lose the wonder and mystery of Christmas.”