If God, Joseph and Mary went to such great lengths to bring salvation to us, so should we take the trouble to share the gospel with those around us.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-23
Christmas time is maybe the most "full" time of the whole year. It's a time filled with so much activity, so many relational connection points, so much commercialized influence...it can fill our lives to the point that at the end of the season, we might be at the end of our rope. This year - let's conspire to something more. Something deeper.
Scripture: Matthew 1:16-17, Luke 1:46-47, Luke 2:29-32, Malachi 4:2
Matthew writes of the incarnation of the King, His geneology and His birth. Joseph's realization of Mary's pregnancy is uncovered, and his revelation from God is recorded. The angel assures Joseph that this is God at work and Joseph responds in faith.
Speaker: Stanley Toussaint
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Topic: The Birth of Christ
Matthew begins his gospel with a recitation of the royal line of Jesus. Whereas Matthew depicts Jesus as King, Mark's gospel describes Christ as a servant. Luke writes of Jesus as the Son of man, and John portrays Him as God.
Speaker: Stanley Toussaint
Scripture: Matthew 1:1-17
Topic: Humanity of Christ
Twice the Apostle John tells us that Christmas happened: the Son of God became a human being to take away sin, or to destroy the works of the devil, namely, sin. All of this because he was born. He was incarnate. He was the God-man. No incarnation, no regeneration. No faith. No justification. No purification. No final glorification. Christmas was not optional. And therefore...
Speaker: John Piper
Scripture: 1 John 2:1, 1 John 3:1-10, 1 John 4:10, John 3:5, Matthew 1:18-20
Topic: Christ as Savior
The problem of racism hasn't disappeared. What is our response to racism and bigotry? We aren't just racially equal; we are joined together. The Holy Spirit empowers us to cross barriers of culture and ethnicity. We must join the work God is already doing and be proactive in raising awareness and bringing down barriers.
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3, Matthew 1:5-6, Acts 1:8, Galatians 3:7-8, Colossians 3:11
Topic: Racial Harmony
Jonah became angry that God saved Ninevah. We need to remember the kind of God we have and the kind of people He invites. We must be caring, listening and prepared to answer their questions.
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: Jonah 4:1-11, Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 19:1-10, 1 Timothy 2:3-6
We find unlikely women in Christ's family tree: Tamar (the deceiver), Rahab (the prostitute), Ruth (the pagan Moabitess) and Bathsheba (the adulteress). Each woman was redeemed by her faith in God. Ruth is a great example of God's surprising grace. As we reflect on our past, we can see the invisible hand of God guiding our way.
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: Ruth 4:1-22, Matthew 1:1-16, Genesis 38:6-30, Joshua 2:1-24, Ruth 1 - 4
Christ, the Anointed One, brings "shalom" peace. He alone can free you from sin and its hold upon your life. He gave His life to bring you into God's presence with forgiveness and love.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Matthew 1:20-23, Isaiah 61:1, 1 Peter 2:1-3, 1 Peter 5:6-11
Francis Chan speaks of his travels around the world and discovers what is truly important. We must live a life that makes sense. We must live in a manner worthy of the Gospel. If you were to weight the eternal value of your life, what would it be?
Speaker: Francis Chan
Scripture: Matthew 1:27-28, Matthew 7:21, 1 Timothy 6:16
Topic: Knowing God's Will