Hello, My Name is Jesus

He came to meets us where we were at

He came to introduce himself to us

John 17:3 (text)

Jesus lived to honor God.
John 8:49b-50
Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus selflessly loved people.
Mark 6:30-34

Jesus cared deeply for the weak and poor.
Luke 14:12-14
Matthew 25:35-40

Jesus sought out the spiritually needy.
Matthew 9:10-12

Jesus laid down his life for all… even those who opposed him.
1 Timothy 2:5-6
Romans 5:10
John 10:17-18

Hello, My Name is Jesus pic

What others see in you should be a reflection of Jesus.
Live to honor God
Selflessly love people
Care deeply for the weak and poor.
Seek out the spiritually needy. Lay down our lives for all… even those who oppose us.

The Coming of Christmas: The Arrival (revisited)

Luke 2:1-7

Luke 2:7a And she gave birth to her firstborn son

Luke 2:7b and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


The swaddling cloths hinted at his humanity.
The swaddling cloths pointed to his purpose.

Luke 2:7b and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Luke 2:8-12
Matthew 2:6
Isaiah 40:10-12
Jesus wrapped and laying a manger was powerful picture of God’s plan of salvation.

Luke 2:7b and[wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Jesus was born into very humble beginnings with less than ideal circumstances.

Make room for Jesus, both in your heart and in your life.

The Coming of Christmas: The PROMISE

We have a need for Christmas because we have a need for Christ, the Savior.

The PROMISE of Christmas was foreshadowed in scripture.
Genesis 3:15
Numbers 21:7-9
Genesis 22:10-13
The PROMISE of Christmas was foretold by prophets.
Micah 5:2
Isaiah 7:14
Matthew 1: 18-23
Isaiah 9:6-7
The PROMISE of Christmas was/would be fulfilled through Jesus.
Isaiah 53:1-8
Video: Jesus in OT scripture final
God’s PROMISE of Christmas (Christ) was meant to give His people hope.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-28 (the One About Being Kept Blameless)

1 Thessalonians 5:19

sbennumi (sben’-noo-mee): to quench; to extinguish, suppress or thwart

1 Thessalonians 5:20-21
2 Timothy 4:1-4

1 Thessalonians 5:22
1 Thessalonians 5:23
1 Thessalonians 5:24

“I look forward to seeing Jesus face to face, but I don’t want to stand before Him with regrets.”

Are we allowing God to keep us blameless? Are we willing to let Him work on our rough edges? Our secret sins? Our inner fears?

1 Thessalonians 5:25-28

1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 (The One About Many Things)

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13a
1 Thessalonians 5:13b (Be at peace among yourselves.)
1 Thessalonians 4:14

Admonish the idle
Encourage the faint-hearted
Help the weak
Be patient with them ALL

1 Thessalonians 5:15
1 Thessalonians 5:16
1 Thessalonians 5:17
1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances;
1 Thessalonians 5:18 …for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

When something is God’s will for you, he will provide what is needed for you to accomplish it.

Philippians 4:19
2 Corinthians 9:8


Question: What is you need to do these many things?

(What do you need from God that will allow you to follow spiritual leadership, be at peace with others, admonish the idle, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone, do good to everyone, rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances, etc.)

When something is God’s will for you, he will provide what is needed for you to accomplish it.

1 Thessalonians 5:6-11 (The One About Being Awake and Sober)

1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

1 Thessalonians 5:6
1 Thessalonians 5:7
How do you stay awake and sober in a spiritual sense?
1 Thessalonians 5:8


Protect your heart; put on the breastplate of faith and love.

What things are you doing to protect your heart?
Are there any certain boundaries or safeguards you have put in place?

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

Be mindful of your salvation; put on the helmet of hope.

How are you reminding yourself of your salvation? What practices are keeping you mindful of Jesus?

1 Thessalonians 1:10
John 16:33
1 Thessalonians 5:11

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