"December" Tagged Sermons

“Turning the Page for the New Year”

The daily monitoring of the COVID 19 virus and the strain of a presidential election made for a trying and troublesome year. The hope of most Americans is that 2021 will turn the page resulting in a more “normal” daily life. But the future is determined by knowing in whom your identity is. Confusion about who I am results in confusion, perplexity, and aimlessness in approaching the future. Who am I? Our government increasingly views your identity as dependent on societal structures and cultural assumption not by individual decisions, hopes, and dreams. God determines who I am and He gives individual vision for the New Year and beyond. The cultural elites discourage personal hope by seeing everyone as a political class.

“A Light at the End of the Tunnel”

Times of difficulty can feel very long, like a long darkness. When we see a breakthrough, or upcoming help, we can feel a surge of hope within us. Sin has left the world in darkness and in gloom, but God promised light to breakthrough that darkness. This is our Christmas hope (Matthew 4:13–16). God promised to send His Son into the world and to defeat sin and evil. Jesus is the light who casts away the darkness.

“Love Builds Up”

Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s okay, as long as I don’t hurt anyone else.” In the letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul shows that our actions have a bigger effect than we might think. This gives us a reason to pursue holiness through faith and obedience for the benefit of others. In doing this, he points us to Jesus and reminds us that the essence of love is to pursue the good of others, even if it comes at our own expense.

“Having a Single-Minded Focus”

Spiritual growth requires more than external change, it requires internal transformation. Some of the Christians in Corinth were telling single people it was a sin to get married. This created a challenge for engaged people – should they break off their commitment or follow through and get married? In our passage, we read how this anti-marriage teaching was so wrong – our spiritual life is not built on our marital status, but upon our devotion to Jesus Christ. Today we will see how to get more spiritually focused by looking at some differences between marriage and singleness. The key point of our passage is that we need to do all we can to keep our focus on the Lord.

“Heaven on Earth”

Titus 2:11-14 (NASB) 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and…

“Christmas Redeemer: Jesus the King”

Matthew 2 (ESV) The Visit of the Wise Men 2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this,…

“The High Priestly Ministry of Jesus Christ”

Psalm 110 New King James Version (NKJV) Announcement of the Messiah’s Reign A Psalm of David. 110 The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” 2 The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! 3 Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power;…

“Christmas Redeemer: Jesus the Prophet”

John 1:1-18 (ESV) The Word Became Flesh 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines…