Summary: This is the 5th sermon in the series "Church On The Rocks". This is also the 3rd sermon in this Christmas Series. This sermon looks at the difference the light makes in the darkness.

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Sunday Morning December 22, 2002 Bel Aire Baptist Church

Series: Church On The Rocks [#5] (Christmas Series #3)


1 Corinthians 2:6-9


1 Corinthians 2:6-9

1. God¡¦s ways of doing things do not make sense to us so often, but it does not change the fact that He is in control.


2. All of this you have seen is results of the spiritual darkness that plagues our world and nation.

3. As you sit in darkness, I want you to realize not only what physical darkness is, but more so what spiritual darkness is.


1. The blackness of sin causes people to be blinded, not knowing where they are going. The blackness of sin brings out the worst in people. Man in his sin is compared to a snake for its venom, a donkey for its stubbornness, a bear for its cruelty, a dog for its uncleanness, a fox for its cunning, a leopard for its fierceness, a moth for its appetite, a sheep for its stupidity, a spider’s web for its flimsiness, a pig for its filthiness, and a wolf for its ferociousness.

2. This darkness began with Adam and Eve when they sinned against God. Romans 3:23 tells us we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s standard. We are as filthy rags before God.

3. The punishment of sin is death. There is no hope in darkness, but God loves us so much, that He has made a way to give us hope.

Matthew 1:18-25

{Put blue spotlight on the manger.}

********** [A Strange Way To Save The World (Mark)] *********


1. Light reveals what is in the darkness. What is revealed is how dirty we are. Many scatter trying to hide as bugs would when the light is turned on. The light is not understood by darkness. The unsaved are in the darkness and God loves His creation so much that He provided the Light.

John 1:1-5

The hymn says: ["The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin; the light of the world is Jesus".]

********* [The Light Of The World Is Jesus (Mark] ************

{Sing Accapella}

[The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin; The Light of the world is Jesus;

Like sunshine at noon-day His glory shone in, The Light of the world is Jesus.

Come to the Light, ’tis shining for thee; Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me;

Once I was blind, but now I can see: The Light of the world is Jesus.]

{Change spotlight to red and move on cross.}

2. Jesus, who lived his life never sinning, died on the cross and shed His blood for us that we might be able to live as children of the light.

Romans 10:9-10

3. Once we become a Christian, we inherit all of the riches God has to offer here on this earth and in Heaven for all eternity. Eternal life with Jesus.

****************** [Shine, Jesus, Shine] *****************

{Change spotlight to pink and move on stage.}

Lighting Up The World

1. As Christians, we have a responsibility to reflect the Light of Jesus through the Holy Spirit which lives within us so that others might see and be saved from the darkness.

{Change spotlight to different lenses as Pastor prompts.}

2. How do we become strong reflectors of the light of Jesus? Thru the¡K

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