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HE HAS VISITED US

Luke 1:67-80

December 31st 2017

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Intro- Zacharias prophesied about what God would do through Jesus.

I. Bring redemption. (67-68) Luke 2:38

A. Redeem = to make acceptable in spite of negative qualities.

B. We are redeemed back into fellowship with God. Heb.9:12

C. Redemption means bought back. Heb.9:15, Rom.8:3-4

1. The price paid was death. Rom.6:23, 1Pet.1:18-19, Rev.5:9

2. The death of a perfect man. Lev.9:2-3, Heb.9:14, 2Cor.5:21, 1Pet.2:22, 1Jn.3:5

II. Give Salvation. (69-75)

A. From our enemies.

1. Satan – 1Peter 5:8, James 4:7, 2Cor.11:14

2. The world – 1Jn.2:15-17

3. Ourselves – Acts 28:24-27, Jn.5:39-40, Luke 18:13-14, Acts 26:28

B. From an eternity in hell. Mt.7:13, Rev.20:10, Rev.21:8, Lk.12:5

III. Enlighten us. (79)

A. He helps us understand what it means to be saved. Jn.12:35-36, Jn.1:12

B. He guides us in the way that leads to peace.  Lk.2:25-32

Con. – The Visitor has come (Christmas). The question is, have you listened to Him. Titus 2:11-15

 

TRUSTING HIS GRACE

1Peter 1:10-13

December 24th, 2017

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Intro – the fact that a Savior was going to come was something the OT believers knew well.

I. It was well prophesied.

A. His birth. Is.7:14, Is.9:6, Micah 5:2

B. His suffering. Is.53:4-5

C. His glorification. Zech.14:4, 16

D. Jesus knew the OT prophets prophesied about Him.. Lk.24:25-27, 44

II. The prophets knew the Savior would not come during their time.

A. Daniel – Dan.12:8-9

B. Abraham – Gen.22:18

C. Isaiah – Is.2:2-3

D. Jesus reminds the people of that truth. Matt.13:17

III. It was for our time that the covenant of grace was given. Jn.1:17

A. The law was for the Jews but grace is for everyone. Acts 28:28, Eph.3:6

B. The good news of Christmas is that His grace is offered to all. Lk.2:11, Acts 10:43, Acts 4:12,

1. So prepare for action. Rom.1:16, 1Pet.3:15

2. Be sober in spirit = be calm, level headed. Act on facts not emotions. 1Pet.4:7, 1Pet.5:8

C. Therefore we should trust completely in the finished work of Christ for our salvation. Jn.19:28,30

Con. – Live like you believe the promises and that you believe Jesus is coming again soon

JOY TO THE WORLD

Micah 4:1-7

December 10th, 2017

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Intro – Our text todays speaks of the Lord’s second coming and His thousand year reign on earth. Just as surely as His first coming happened so will His second.

 

I.  It will happen in the “last days”. vs 1

A. What are the last days? Mt.24:3ff, 2Tim.3:1-4, 7, 2Tim 4:3-4, 2Pet.3:3-4

B. The days of Israel’s regathering. Duet.30:3-5, Is.11:11-12, Rom.11:25-26

C. A time of the rebuilt temple and Jerusalem being the center of attention. Ezk.40, Ezk.38-39

 

II. It will be a time of world peace. Luke 1:79

A. Weapons of war changed into tools for peace. vs 3.

B. Peaceful living for everyone. vs 4.

 

III. It will take place literally.

A. People of all nations will come to Jerusalem to seek Christ’s will. vs 3.

B. He will rule over the world with the believers. vs 7, Rev.20:4

 

Con. – At His first coming He set up a spiritual kingdom and offered inner peace. At His second coming He will establish world peace. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is coming again. There truly will be Joy in the world.

 

THE WORD MADE MORE SURE

2 Peter 1:19-21

December, 17th 2017

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Intro –The Bible is God’s word to us and He wants us to know that it is reliable. Anytime we deal with the subject of prophecy we must do so in the context of 1Cor.13:8 and Rev.22:18.

I. Prophecies fulfilled prove the Bible to be God’s word. 19

A. Prophets had to be perfect in their predictions. Deut.18:20-22

B. Prophets had to agree with the word of God.  Deut.13:1-5

C. Separate yourselves from false prophets/teachers. 2Thess. 3:1-6, Rom.16:17-19, Mt.18:17, Eph.3:10

II. Prophecies are not one person’s interpretation.  20

A. We are not allowed to twist Scripture. 2 Tim.2:15, 2 Pet 3:16

B. We are not allowed to change scripture.  Rev.22:18-19

III. Fulfilled prophecy makes the word more sure.  21

A. It reveals Holy Spirit as the author of the Bible. Only He could have fulfilled them.

1. Bless the world through Jesus. Gen.12:3, Gal.3:16

2. Born through tribe of Judah. Gen.49:10, Heb.7:14

3. Lineage of David. 2Sam.7:12-13, Lk.1:31-33

4. Virgin birth & named Immanuel. Is.7:14, Mt.1:22-23

5. Born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2, Lk 2:4-6

6. Gifts given to Him. Is.60:6, Mt.2:11

7. Spirit of God upon Him. Is.11:2, Jn.1:32, Lk.4:18

B. God is still showing Who He is by what He does.  Prov.21:1

Con. God fulfills prophecy so we know that we  can trust God to keep His word. He has in the past and will in the present and future.

 

THE FAVORABLE YEAR

Luke 4:16-21

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December 3rd 2017

Intro -The “Favorable year of the Lord” is a reference back to the OT year of Jubilee. It was a time of grace.

 

I. The year of Jubilee came every 50 years.  Lev.25:10ff

A. Slaves were set free.

B. Families were reunited.

C. Debts were erased and there was great joy and celebration.

 

II. Jesus proclaims His ministry as a favorable year of the Lord. (19)

A. He was fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming Messiah.

B. Jesus would fulfill the prophecy through His miracles. Matt.11:5

 

III. Jesus would also fulfill this prophecy spiritually.

A. He was anointed with the Holy Spirit. Jn.1:32-34

B. He did preach the gospel to the poor.

1. The good news was that repentant people will be saved. Matt.5:3, Ps.51:17

2. The good news is that we will be saved by grace not works. Rom.3:28, Eph.2:8-9

C. Release to the captives.

1. We are bound by sin.  Rom.7:14

2. We (the Jews especially) were bound by the law. Gal.2:4, Gal.4:3, Rom.8:4

3. We now live by the Spirit. Rom.8:5-9, Gal.5:14, Matt.7:12, Gal.5:25

D. Sight to the blind.

1. Satan has blinded people. 2Cor.4:4

2. Jesus gives insight. 1Cor.2:14, 2Cor.3:15-16

E. Set the oppressed free.

1. Free from a guilty conscience. Heb.10:22

2. Free from sin and death. Jn.8:31-32

Con. – All that Jesus offered the people that day in the synagogue He offers to us today. Have you received all that Christ offers during the favorable year?

 

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