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The Spirit of Giving

John the Baptist

Mark 1:1-7, Ephesians 5:15-17, 1 Corinthians 10:31 • December 6, 2017 • Brian Motte

Why do you do the things you do at Christmas? Is it because they are Biblical or just some tradition? And I’m not just referring to getting presents and Santa, but what about reading the story out of the Bible? Sometimes we never examine why we do what we do, or question if we should do things different to be more Biblical with the way in which live our lives. We already know that the greatest gift we’ve been given is Jesus. Sometimes we forget that God gave Jesus as a gift to our friends, neighbors, and loved ones too, even if they don’t know it. What if God is asking you to do more than just inviting a friend to a Christmas party? What if he wants to use you like he used John the Baptist, to make crooked paths straight in the lives of your friends, classmates, and neighbors, so that they are ready to receive the gift that is Jesus?

Serving

John 3:16, Romans 10:13-14, Psalm 96:3, Colossians 4:5 • November 29, 2017 • Brian Motte

So often, we do good things at Christmas, but if we leave out the name of Jesus, have we missed the point? Have we met the temporary need while leaving the eternal one unmet? Christmas is a season where people are already acknowledging Jesus, they just don't know why. We are the bridge to that understanding but we must tell by making the most of every opportunity... The important thing- don't leave out the gospel!