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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Awakening (Message outline)

Matthew 1:18-25
Waiting: Christmas 2013

How do we change our thinking when we desperately need to see the world differently? When we are stuck, how can we reframe to look at the situation with new eyes?

We need to slow down to catch up with God’s purpose

1.    Expect the unexpected

Matthew 1:18–19 (ESV) 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

2.   Put yourself in position to see from God’s perspective
Matthew 1:20–23 (ESV) 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23  “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us).

3.   Live out your new vision
Matthew 1:24–25 (ESV) 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent sermon. But Mary's life, too, was thrown into turmoil, not just Joseph's, do you see that? And can what really looks to earthly eyes as complete and utter disaster, be God working for good--honest good? Even in evil circumstances? Job, Daniel, Mary, Joseph, so many, and yet when it is our turn, how do we know--truly KNOW that what has happened is or will be for our good. Some day. Or maybe not till heaven. Your divorced friend, was that for God's good? I think this is one of the hardest things about Christianity. You become a Christian, yet disasters and horrors still abound. Maybe even intensify. But I guess that without Christ as hope, there would be no sense to senseless tragedy. It still seems that senseless tragedy abounds with no answers whatsoever apart from heaven. But grace somehow holds us together in the midst of tragedy, though sometimes only by a thread. Though it dug up many hard questions, it was an excellent and thought provoking sermon.