Sermon note (Christmas) 1st svc
– Pastor Lawrence
Christmas is a season we give and receive gift.
The greatest gift we can ever receive.
Santas Claus is a figure who love to give gifts especially to children. But there was a song that tells the children to behave in order to receive gifts
The cost is directly proportional to the greatness of your love to the person.
When we give a gift to someone we often think of who this person. How much we love this person. The greater the love the greater the sacrifice.
What about God? How much does God loves you?
Today we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He is everything to you.
He is your most wonderful Friend you can ever have.
The bible said when God gave His Son, when Jesus was born the angel of the Lord appeared and the angel said to them to say do not be afraid. God does not want us to be afraid of Him.
God brings good tidings of great joy!
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
He is a Saviour! Not a judge. A Saviour! He came to save! A Saviour’s role is to save, who is Christ the Lord
What did Jesus saves us from?
He will save us from our sin!
He did not come to judge and punish us for our sins. He came to save us!
An angel appeared to Joseph (the natural father of Jesus)
Glory to God the highest! There is peace! He came to save us from our sin! This is the Gift God has for us!
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
For God so loved the world
Do u see God as God who is loving? Loving to the righteous and people who are good only? Jesus Himself declared for God so loved the world! The world does not just include good person. It includes every kind every type of people! God so loved the world! It includes every man and woman who ever lived! This is God’s heart towards every person
When He loves the world, what did God to demonstrate His love for us?
That He gave His only begotten Son
He has One and Only Son! The Darling of Heaven. God gave His Son to us!
God gave up His Only Son!
God is a good God! Never doubt Him. He is willing to do anything for you. Let your heart be established in God’s love for you.
Is His love that changes and transform us!
That whoever believes in Him
Notice the word “whoever”
Whoever means whoever! Does not matter who you are, your race, your family background, the lowest of the low, does not matter who you are, it falls into the word “whoever”
Whoever you are, you can believe in Him! Even if you come against Him before.
You can believe in a God who loves you.
Should not perish. Whoever believes!
Good tidings of great joy! Only needs to believe!
When you believe you will not perish!
You will not perish! Heaven is your home, my friend!
The day you believe in Jesus Christ, is the day for eternity you will not perish! God’s word is our hope.
A Christian can never be lost.
Heaven is your home.
You will never perish!
What will u have?
U have everlasting life! Here and now, everlasting life is yours!
Good news to every man every woman and every child.
A joy that knows no end.
A lot of times when we go back to work, the joy seems to get stolen.
We will have a joy that knows no end
A peace that knows no bound.
All my words cannot describe how good this everlasting life is. It is greater than great.
The only way to experience it, is to experience it!
To experience this eternal life, all you need to do is to believe!
Nothing you can do can make God saves you. It is by His grace we are saved! We only need to believe! You do not need to do anything!
He came to save us!
You only need to give Him the consent for Him to save you! Give your consent and He will save you !
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world!
Jesus did not come to condemn you for the wrong things you have done.
God sent His Son into the world that the world through Him might be saved! He came to save!
God’s heart is not to condemn when you sin.
The voice you hear in your mind condemning you is not from God.
There is now therefore NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ!
When you need saving, God will save you!
Every challenges you face, He will save you!
Our God is so good!
Christmas is so special. Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. He is our Hope.
The gift of God –
When Jesus spoke to this woman, He spoke with tenderness and love. Jesus told her if u knew the gift of God, Jesus is telling her, I AM the gift of God.
God’s gift for u is His Son. God’s gift for you is Himself.
When God loves you, He gave us a Gift. This is His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
A beautiful couple, a couple of years ago, the wife was diagnosed with kidney failure. She became very weak. They did everything they could and the doctor said she will lose her life soon. She needed a new kidney. A friend of theirs not related to them by blood.
This friend offered his kidney to this lady volunteering. (But they did not receive because the husband’s kidney can match)
This is what the love of God can do to our heart.
The husband of that lady’s kidney matched and he gave his kidney to her. Her life was saved!
This is love. When God loves you, He did not just give you a part of Him. He gave you everything! Everything He gave!
Born as a baby boy, He humbled Himself and even death on the cross! When God loves you, He gave everything, not just a part of Him.
All of God loves all of you!
He loves all of you!
A perfect Man, this Man goes to the cross because He laid down His life for you!
He needed to give everything.
All of God loves all of u!
Even when u lose u r winning.
Even when u r poor u r rich!
God loves u, my friend!
He gave everything! The greater the gift the greater the love!
He loves you so much!