To Us a Child is Born!

December 27, 2010

Sermon on Luke 2:1-20 for the 1st Sunday after Christmas on the Birth of Jesus Christ our Savior!


Craving Good News

December 20, 2010

Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25 for the 4th Sunday in Advent.

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1. Does the Christmas story seem distant and disconnected for you, or does it seem alive and present? Why? Do you agree that we live in a “bad-news” world? Why do people prefer to listen to bad news?

2. What does the kind of news and media that you pay attention to tell you about yourself? What makes the Gospel of Jesus, the “good news” so “newsworthy” and deserving of our highest attention? Why is it still a significant “news story” 2,000 years later?

3. How did Jesus’ birth intersect with a world of real difficulties, danger, and challenges? How did this cause Mary and Joseph to have all the more faith in God? What was Joseph’s solution going to be at first, to this unexplained pregnancy? Matt. 1:19. When has God put you in a challenging situation that made you depend totally on Him by faith?

4. Examine some of the prophecies that pointed to Jesus’ birth. How do these alert us to the significance of the event? (approx. years B.C. in parentheses) Genesis 3:15 (4,000+); Numbers 24:17 (1,500); Isaiah 7:14 (700); Micah 5:2 (700).

5. What are ways that “spiritual” people talk about God being with us today? What is different about how Christians mean it when they say that “God is with us?” In what ways was Jesus human? Hebrews 4:15. Why was Jesus’ birth the major first step in God’s Divine Rescue Plan?

6. How can we help change a “bad news world” by bringing the “good news?” What is that good news about?


From Jacob’s Ladder to Jesus

December 16, 2010

Sermon on John 1:43-51 for midweek Advent 3 service.


Streams in the Desert

December 13, 2010

Sermon on Isaiah 35:1-10 & Matthew 11:2-6 for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, about the desert being turned into salvation, and about Jesus fulfilling the signs of the Messiah.

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1. How was turning the land into a desert or wasteland a divine punishment in the Old Testament? Leviticus 26:14ff, esp. vs. 19-20, 32-33, but also 40-45. Psalm 107:33-34. How is it’s “re-greening” a blessing? Psalm 107:35-38; Isaiah 43:18-21; 58:11. How does this “re-greening” come about? Who arrives on the scene when this happens?

2. What signs from Isaiah 35 and 61 became proof to John the Baptist that Jesus was the promised Messiah described in those prophecies, and that He was the God who came to save us? What additional signs did Jesus perform? How did these establish who He was?

3. Through that desert that was being transformed into a garden, Isaiah pictures a highway called the Way of Holiness. Cf. Isaiah 11:12, 16; 51:10-11. Who travels on this highway, and who doesn’t? How does one get to travel on this highway?

4. How is our heart like a desert? What does Isaiah 35 show us about what God can do for the condition of the human heart? Where does the Way of Holiness lead to? Isaiah 35:10. What blessings do those who travel there enjoy? How do those come to fullest expression in heaven?

5. How can our arrival in heaven be described as a “return?” What are the glimpses of joy that you get in this life? Why does joy not always last in this life? How will that be different in heaven, and why? Instead of using our breath for sighing from grief, how will it be used in heaven?

6. How can it be that sorrow and sighing will be gone? How is the joy of heaven secured for all believers?


From Isaac to Jesus

December 9, 2010

Sermon on Genesis 22:1-18 on the testing of Abraham, and the parallels from Isaac to Jesus. For the second midweek service in Advent.


With One Voice

December 6, 2010

Sermon on Romans 15:4-13 for the 2nd Sunday in Advent.

Sermon Talking Points: Read past sermons at: Listen to audio at:

1. How do the New Testament writers use athletic imagery to teach us the importance of endurance? 1 Cor. 9:24-27; Gal. 5:7; Phil. 2:16; Heb. 12:1-2. What are the obstacles or “walls” that you face?

2. What are the purposes that Paul names here, for why the Scriptures were written? Name at least 3. Are the stories of saints in the Bible merely “character studies” for us to imitate? Why or why not? How does Jesus’ completion of His race help us in a way that a competitor like Lance Armstrong completing a race does not?

3. Describe what God-given “harmony” or “like-mindedness” is like. Where does this harmony come from? Philippians 2; John 17. Why are man-made attempts for harmony (in the church) most likely to fail? What is the solid ground for building harmony?

4. Homothumadon is a Greek word that means “with one accord.” How do Christians united in mind and action present a powerful voice for good?

5. Paul quotes four Old Testament passages that show the Gentiles will also join in praising the God of Israel. They come from 2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 18:49; Deuteronomy 32:43; Psalm 117:1; and Isaiah 11:1, 10. How do these passages affirm God’s grace for the Gentiles, even in the Old Testament times? Why would they glorify God? (Rom. 15:8-9)

6. How does God’s faithfulness to promises create endurance and hope?


From Adam to Jesus

December 2, 2010

Sermon on Romans 5:12-21 for Advent 1, the first midweek service. The series of sermons for Advent will be based on Old Testament types of Christ. Advent 1--From Adam to Jesus Advent 2--From Isaac to Jesus Advent 3--From Jacob's Ladder to Jesus Christmas Eve--From Moses to Jesus


Put on Love

December 2, 2010

Sermon on Colossians 3:1-17 for Thanksgiving Eve