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Christmas – God Is With Us

Message Notes

Matthew 1:18-23 (NIV)
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

1. God Has Not Forgotten Us

Romans 5:6 (NIV)
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

2. God Has A Promise For Us

3. God Has A Plan For Us

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

4. God Has A Purpose For Us

James 1:17 (NIV)
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

The Beauty Of The Christmas Story

Message Notes

(Matthew 1:18-23 NIV) This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. (19) Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. (20) But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. (21) She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (22) All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: (23) “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

1.Christmas – A Beautiful Story

{trees, gifts, stars, illumination, food, peace and joy!} {nativity scene}

-wonderful promise of the Saviour

-wonderful people and family (and surprise guests from close and afar)

(Psalm 68:6 NIV) God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

-wonderful purpose

2.Christmas – A powerful story

-virgin birth

-the angel

-the dreams

-the star

3.Christmas – A story of hope

-name “Jesus”

-“Saviour” – to rescue us and make us safe – {in many languages}

-“Immanuel” – ‘God with us’

Family of Arrows

Message Notes

Psalm 127:1-5 (NIV)
[1] Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
[2] In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.
[3] Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
[4] Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
[5] Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

Start Your “Arrows” In The Right Direction

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

The Best Thing For A Great Family? A Marriage on “Mission”!

Ephesians 5:22-28 (NIV)
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word,
27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Don’t Let The World Decide How To Raise Your Family

Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV)
14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

1. Build God’s House and He’ll Build Yours

2. Stay Planted in Every Season

3. Pray Always!

Season to Sow

Message Notes

No matter which season you are in

1.Don’t go to Egypt in season of famine

(Genesis 26:2-6 NIV)
The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. (3) Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. (4) I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, (5) because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” (6) So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

(Psalm 23:1 NIV)
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

2.Sow in the land God shows you -in a season of a hundredfold

(Genesis 26:12 NIV)
Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him.

(Matthew 13:8 NIV)
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

3.Rejoice in all seasons

(Philippians 4:4 NIV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

(Psalm 100:2 NIV)
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Treasure In Heaven

Message Notes

Luke 12:16-21 (NIV)
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.
17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.
19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.“’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

1. You’re Rich! So Be “Rich”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV)
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

2. Invest in Your True Home – Heaven

Philippians 3:18-20 (NIV)
18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

3. Don’t Destroy Your Treasure

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

So How Can I Store Up Treasure In Heaven?

1. Act Like A Steward, Not An Owner

2. View Everything With an Eternal Perspective

3. Be Intentional

Matthew 24:14 (MSG)
All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.

Praise And Victory Are Linked

Message Notes

(Psalm 134:2 NIV) Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.

(Psalm 47:1 NIV) Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

1.Praise opens the door for victory

(Acts 16:25-26 NIV) About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (26) Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

2.Praise in the fight

(Exodus 17:10-15 NIV) So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. (11) As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. (12) When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. (13) So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. (14) Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.” (15) Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner.

3.Praise after the victory of Jesus

(John 12:32 NIV) And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

(John 19:30 NIV) When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

(Philippians 2:8-11 NIV) And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (9) Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (11) and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Is The Bible God’s Word?

Message Notes

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Where Did The Bible Come From?

John 1:1-2 (NIV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.

2 Peter 1:16 (NIV)
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Why Is It Important?

1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)
3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.
4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.
5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:
6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

Matthew 24:35 (NIV)
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

What Does It Mean For Me?

1. Treat God’s Word as the 1st Option, Not the Last Resort

Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

2. Don’t Stay a Baby, Learn to Feed Yourself

1 Corinthians 3:2 (NIV)
2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.

Proverbs 7:1-3 (NIV)
7 My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.

3. Keep It Simple & Write It Down

Habakkuk 2:2 (NIV)
2 Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.

Living For Eternity

Message Notes

Luke 23:39-43 (NIV)
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Heaven Is Real

Revelation 21:4 (NIV)
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

So How Do I Live?

1. What Did You Do For Jesus?

Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV)
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’
23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

2. What Did You Do With What You Had?

2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)
11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

3. There Is More To This Life Than This Life

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Teach Us To Pray

Message Notes

Luke 11:1 (NIV)
1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Matthew 6:6-15 (NIV)
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father,who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Prayer Is Private

Luke 5:16 (NIV)
16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Prayer Is Simple

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray continually,
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Prayer Is Powerful

Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

What Should We Pray For?

1. God to be First In Our Lives

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

2. Heaven Come To Earth

Matthew 18:18-19 (NIV)
18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[a] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

3. Provision for the Vision

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

4. Clean Heart

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

5. Protection

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Message Notes

Part 1: Great power==>God’s resource

(Matthew 25:14-18 NIV) “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.(15)To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.(16)The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.(17)So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.(18)But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

1. “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility!” Uncle Ben in Spiderman

(v.15) ‘ability’
(Greek: dunamis” 121x in NT. 120x is translated ‘power’. one time ‘ability’ It means power, force, energy, capacity,)to dismiss or release from one’s presence.

– All of us have a different start. You’ve been given a great one!

– True wealth = health, finance, stability, education, opportunities = Options

2. “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” Hudson Taylor

(Philippians 4:19 NIV) “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

(2 Corinthians 9:6-9 NLT) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.(7)You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (8)And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. (9)As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

Part 2: What you do with==>your desitiny

-This parable of ‘capacity’ parable… motivational when we know there’s a ‘payback’ system expected.

(Matthew 25:19-30 NIV) “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.(20)The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ (21)“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (22)“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ (23)“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (24)“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. (25)So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ (26)“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? (27)Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. (28)“ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. (29)For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. (30)And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

3. Live for heaven’s applause and personal destiny. “Only one life, ’it will soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.” ― C.T. Studd

(2Timothy 4:6-8 MSG) You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.

4. “Use it or lose it.” Henry Ford