The Object Of Our Wonder
December 24, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: The Object Of Our Wonder Luke 2:20-“And the shepherds RETURNED, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Luke 2:20 KJV Point 1: Their WONDER compelled them to RECEIVE Point 2: Their WONDER compelled them to RETURN Point 3: Their WONDER compelled them to REJOICE Point 4: Their WONDER should compel us to REPEAT Jesus-the Messiah is the object of our WONDER. He is here, He is Immanuel, He is God with us! Deuteronomy 10:20-21 “You are to fear Yahweh your God and worship Him. Remain faithful to Him and take oaths in His name. He is your praise and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome works your eyes have seen.” The object of our WONDER is here for you.
Signs & Wonders
December 17, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: Signs and Wonders “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 Isaiah 7:10-14. “Later, the Lord sent this message to King Ahaz: “Ask the Lord your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want—as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead. ” But the king refused. “No,” he said, “I will not test the Lord like that.” Then Isaiah said, “Listen well, you royal family of David! Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well? All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).” Point #1- Just Pay Attention Doubting/Depending Don’t have faith/Increase your faith “We want big directional signs from God. He just wants us to pay attention.” Lisa Teurkist Point #2- Just OPEN your eyes God operates in the “already happened” 2 Kings 6:13-17 “So the king said, “Go and see where he is, so I can send men to capture him.” When he was told, “Elisha is in Dothan,” he sent horses, chariots, and a massive army there. They went by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early and went out, he discovered an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. So he asked Elisha, “Oh, my master, what are we to do? ” Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed, “ Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.” So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” V.14- “This will be a sign to you...the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.” Point #3- He shows us anyway John 13:7 Jesus tells Peter, “What I’m showing you now, you don’t understand, but afterwards you will know.” Matthew 2:1-2 Wise Men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and we have come to worship Him.”
All About Us
December 10, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: All About Us Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The prophecy promised was ALL ABOUT US The Person promised was ALL ABOUT US The Purpose of the person promised was ALL ABOUT US Luke 2:10- ““Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to ALL PEOPLE.” WHO ARE US?(I will explain who are the us’s and then lead into my points) Point #1: We become Agents of Conversion. Romans 15:1-3 MSG. “Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!” Proverbs 24:17 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;” John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” John 13:35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”” Isaiah 11:10 “The root of Jesse will spring up...for us, as a servant to us.” Ask: Are you an agent of CONVERSION or an agent of CONVENIENCE? “It’s not about convenient Christianity, but about contagious Christianity.” Point #2: For those Wandering, God uses us to help them REDISCOVER their wonder Isaiah 9:1-5 “Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.” Luke 1:79 “To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing!” Galatians 6:1 “Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.” James 5:19-20 “My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
December 3, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: The Promise Wonder- To have a curiosity to know something. Even if there is a hint of doubt. Genesis 3:14-15 “So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Point #1: The Wonder revealed a PROMISE Genesis 3- The (Protoevangelium)- “the first glimmer of the Gospel” Her seed- offspring, first born, referred to as “he” Luke 10:18-20 “He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”” God capitalized on their “wonder” and through that came a PROMISE! That enmity, that hostility, that extreme dislike, enemy; would be destroyed by the PROMISE of the Messiah. “God had a PLAN whereas Satan had a scheme” Point #2: The Promise revealed a PERSON Matthew 1:21- “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus...” Jesus- SAVIOR John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that He gave(there’s the promise) His only Son(there’s the person)... Isaiah 7:14- “The Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel, which means God is with us.” Point #3: The Person revealed a PURPOSE -He carried our pain, our guilt, our shame -He carried our failures -He would be falsely accused -He took away our sins -He took our punishment that our sins had caused -He was bruised so we could be healed -He was beaten and tortured for us -He shed His innocent blood because of our guilty hands -He took on His shoulders the sin of many -He was God’s plan and God’s purpose all along If God took the time to foretell the promise, reveal the person and uncover His purpose, you can rest assure that He will keep His word concerning your life. There are no prophecies foretelling details about the birth of other “religious” leaders. No prophecies alerting the world to the coming of Muhammad(Islam), Joseph Smith(Mormonism), Charles Taze Russel(Jehovah’s Witnesses), Siddhartha Gautama(Buddhism), or any other. Yet the Old Testament pinpointed numerous details about the life and the Son of God, the Savior of the world!