We recover awe when we acknowledge the greatness of Jesus’ sacrifice, the depth of our sin, and the height of his love — all in the person of Christ. ~ Jonathan K Dodson
We acknowledge the depth of our sin. Romans 3: 10-18 Luke 5:27-32 We acknowledge the greatness of Jesus’ sacrifice. Hebrews 9:11-28 We acknowledge the height of his love. Romans 5:6-11 Ephesians 3:14, 17-19
People are terrible, and God’s people (sometimes) are the worst!
We’re not that different from the people in Nehemiah’s day
“Man is of his own nature, fleshly and carnal, corrupt, sinful and disobedient to God without any spark of goodness in him, without any virtuous or Godly motion; only given to evil thoughts and deeds.” ~ Scott Baker
Many years have gone by since man failed to obey. Unable to help ourselves, though we try, for by one man, all have gone astray; The goodness of man? Still a lie. Depravity then; corruption today.
This world lies in darkness with no lasting satisfaction. Chasing after the wind and every form of vile distraction; never considering the end of the chase. ~DW
Nehemiah: 10-11 Nehemiah 9:36-38 First term: no foreign women Deuteronomy 7:1-4 1 Kings 11:4-8 Second term: keep the sabbath Exodus 20:8-11 Third term: give tithes and offerings 2 Corinthians 8:7 2 Corinthians 9:7
The terms of their “deal with God”: We’ll honor You in our relationships. We’ll honor You in our time. We’ll honor You in our finances.
We can’t really make deals with God. Acts 17:24-25, 28 NIV “God, I will do whatever you want me to, no matter the result.”
Jesus lived to honor God. John 8:49b-50 Philippians 2:5-8
Jesus selflessly loved people.
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.
We have a need for Christmas because we have a need for Christ, the Savior.
The PROMISE of Christmas was foreshadowed in scripture.
The PROMISE of Christmas was foretold by prophets.
Matthew 1: 18-23
The PROMISE of Christmas was/would be fulfilled through Jesus.
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God’s PROMISE of Christmas (Christ) was meant to give His people hope.