'Wise Men' who were exposed to the Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah were able to discern the signs in their anticipation of the arrival of the new King. Coming to Herod they inquired of Him only to find, sadly, the Jewish people were largely unaware of the sign of His appearing.
Seeking Christ #3 "In the Manger"
In the Manger
December 20, 2015 • R. Chip Denief • Matthew 2:1–12, Matthew 2:13-15, Matthew 2:16–23, Luke 2:1–20, Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14, Titus 2:11–14
Seeking Christ #4 "In the World"
In the World • December 27, 2015 • R. Chip Denief
Mankind seeks purpose, fulfillment and direction in life. When Christ is not the center of our decision making we lose focus and are easily distracted by things which bring dissatisfaction, division, disappointment, and, ultimately, destruction. Our world needs Christ!
Seeking Christ #2 "In the Wilderness"
In the Wilderness • December 20, 2015 • R. Chip Denief
John the Baptist was questioned about the Christ, some even asked if he was the Christ. John's 'wilderness' was twofold... first, the actual wilderness surrounding the Judean area, and the second wilderness was the cultural climate within which he lived. Modern, Western culture shares many of the characteristics of John's cultural wilderness, therefore, Christians must be the voice crying out in the wilderness urging people to be restored to God.
Seeking Christ #1 "In the Temple"
In the Temple • December 13, 2015 • R. Chip Denief
It is possible to lose Jesus as illustrated by the account examined in this message of Jesus 'lost' by Joseph and Mary as a boy. Those closest to Jesus must continue to examine everyday thought, action & motivation in order to ensure continuing in step with Jesus' plan.