Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Romans 15:4, Luke 2:21–2:38, Hebrews 10:23
Romans 15:4 NIV
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
The Challenge of Patience
It’s one thing to say, “God, I’m willing to trust in Your character.” But it’s another thing to say, “God, I’m also willing to wait on Your timing.”
Luke 2:21-24 NIV
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."
Luke 2:25-35 NIV
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
Luke 2:36-38 NIV
There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
Hebrews 10:23 NIV
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
As we continue our “Promise” Christmas series, Pastor Dan will revisit some of the most well-known Christmas stories with a different slant. Come see how the promise of Jesus spread to all kinds of people, religious and irreligious alike.
Christmas Eve Offering 2015
Our Christmas Eve Offering is an expression of gratitude and generosity capturing the true spirit of Christmas, believing the words of Jesus that it is more blessed to give than receive. We encourage you to prayerfully consider to give more and spend less this Christmas. Not a penny of this offering is for ourselves, but 100% of what's given goes to minister to others beyond the four walls of our church both locally and globally. Since its inception in 2010, our church has given just over $500,000 in the first five years, and many lives have been impacted by the love of Jesus through of your generosity. The offering will be taken up during all four of our Christmas Eve services at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00 p.m. You can pick up a special giving envelope in our church lobby. Also the week of Christmas, we will offer an online giving option as well.