Celebrating the birth of Jesus is more than simply rejoicing at the birth of a baby and more than simply pointing to the cross. Everything between the first Christmas and first Easter is vitally important for understanding who Christ is, what He has done, and how we are to respond.
Every December 24th, Christians around the globe celebrate the birth of Christ. This event marked a new dispensation of God’s grace, this time culminating in the establishment of the New Covenant and Testament in Christ Jesus. While Christians and secularists alike will share gifts with family, friends, and strangers; only those in Christ can fully grasp the immense generosity of God in sending to us the greatest gift of all.
A church’s relevance or impact isn’t measured by her programs, profits, or prestige, but by her trust in and commitment to the Great Commission. This clear, concise, universal, and timeless directive is the authoritative force motivating the true Bride of Christ. Our Commission cannot fail if we follow Christ’s commands because His authoritative source also provides an authoritative guarantee.
Fear is everywhere this year and has even drowned out some of our usual Christmas festivities. The fear at bottom is death; but should the Christian fear death? In this message, I survey passages often heard at funerals, but they carry more meaning for the living.
In this message, I survey four biblical examples of believers in open defiance against some earthly authority. I discuss the mandate, the disobedience, and the result thereof. Lastly, I pull on the thread that runs through them all.
About the Series
The New Testament teaches us that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God. How are Christians to live in this world but not be of this world? The most straightforward yet challenging way to live as Kingdom citizens is to develop a biblical worldview.