December 11, 2016
FROM GOD’S HOUSE TO YOURS: Finding Christmas
Speaker: Pastor Matt Conrad
Series: From God’s House to Yours
Week 3: “Finding Christmas”
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. – John 1:9-12
I. Those who missed Christmas…
A. The INNKEEPER missed Christmas because he was too BUSY (Luke 2:1-7).
B. HEROD missed Christmas because of his GREED and SELF-INTEREST (Matt. 2:3-16).
C. The RELIGIOUS LEADERS missed Christmas because of their PRIDE.
II. Those who found Christmas…
A. MARY and JOSEPH found Christmas because they chose to OBEY AND FOLLOW the plan God had for them (Luke 1:26-38 & Matt. 1:18-21).
B. The SHEPHERDS and the WISEMEN found Christmas because they recognized their need and HUMBLY received Jesus when He came (Luke 28-20 & Matt. 2:1-18).
C. SIMEON and ANNA found Christmas because they were EAGERLY expecting Jesus’ arrival (Luke 2:21-40)
III. How can we find Christmas this year?
A. Include someone else in your CELEBRATION.
B. Start a new TRADITION.
C. Give an UNEXPECTED gift.