Christmas Series: The Beginning of the Gospel

This Christmas and next year we will be studying the Gospel of Luke. It’s been 25 years since we walked through this wonderful Gospel, so it’s time.

Part 1: The Beginning of the Gospel (Christmas, 2018)
Part 2: The Ministry of the Messiah (January to June 2019)
Part 3: The Journey to Jerusalem (August to November, 2019)
Part 4: The Climax of the Cross (January to Easter, 2020)

Series Title: The Beginning of the Gospel
Date: November 25, 2018
Sermon Title: Certainty and Continuity
Text: Luke 1:1-25
Key Sentence: The Gospel is the Fulfillment of God’s Big Story
Objective: That we would have confidence in this Gospel record.
Worship Theme: The Gospel of Jesus Christ
I. The Certainty of the Gospel (Luke 1:1-4)
II. The Continuity of the Gospel (Luke 1:5-25)

December 2, 2018
Sermon Title: Remember Wonder
Text: Luke 1:26-56
Key Sentence: God astounds us with the undeserved gift of His Son.
Objective: That we would magnify his love.
Worship Theme: My Soul Magnifies the Lord
I. The Astounding Gift (Luke 1:26-38)
II. Blessed are those that believe (Luke 1;39-45)
III. Our Souls Magnify the Lord (Luke 1:46-56)

Date: December 9, 2018
Sermon Title: Dawn
Text: Luke 1:57-80
Key Sentence: This is the dawn that brings the light of the world
Objective: That we would rejoice to see our salvation coming.
Worship Theme: Expectation
I. Rejoice in the anticipation of God’s grace. (Luke 1:57-66)
II. Praise the arrival of God’s redemption. (Luke 1:67-75)
III. Prepare for the preaching of God’s forgiveness. (Luke 1:76-80)

Date: December 16, 2018
Sermon Title: Real Love
Text: Luke 2:1-7
Key Sentence: God has shown us real love through real self-sacrifice
Objective: That we imitate God’s love in concrete giving of ourselves.
Worship Theme: Fulfillment
I. It’s real: God has stepped into human history.
II. It’s self-sacrifice: God has stepped into human poverty.

Date: December 23, 2018
Sermon Title: He is Faithful
Text: Luke 2:21-40
Key Sentence: To the faithful He shows himself faithful
Objective: That we have confidence in His faithfulness
Worship Theme: To Know the Incarnate One
I. Joseph and Mary were faithful (Luke 2:21-24, 39-40)
II. Simeon was faithful (Luke 2:25-35)
III. Anna was faithful (Luke 2:36-38)

Date: December 24, 2018
Sermon Title: The Beautiful Paradox
Text: Scripture readings from Matthew, Luke and John
Key Sentence: In Jesus God Draws Near
(This will be Scripture and Short Stories emphasizing the paradoxical wonder of the incarnation)

December 30, Guest Preacher

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