Tom Scott - 6/12/2015
Date: Dec. 7, 2015
Today is an important day in the history of our country. It was a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that caused the American people to realize that it was time to enter the war against the axle of evil which existed overseas. Thousands of innocent lives were lost that morning as ships sank to the bottom of the harbor. Yesterday the Fox pregame show honored some of those who survived that attack. Their presence on the show moved people to tears and to cheer as they were recognized for their service to our country. Today we should all take a moment and reflect upon the sacrifices which have been made so that we might be a free country.
Yesterday I talked about the presence of Jesus Christ coming into this world. The prophet Isaiah foretold of a time when a child would be born who would have the government on his shoulders. Let me encourage you to spend some time working through these five questions. Maybe you have a friend or family member who might like to join you in going through these questions. The sermon is on-line in case you missed it or would like to hear it again.
1. Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration that you love to pull out of the box and hang on the tree or place on the mantle?
2. Isaiah gives us four names for the coming Messiah. The first name is that of Wonderful Counselor. Jesus came as the wisdom of God in the flesh. The second name Jesus was given by Isaiah is Mighty God. Jesus would have all the power of God to do great and miraculous wonders. What are some examples of Jesus being the wonderful counselor and mighty God?
3. The third name given by Isaiah is Everlasting Father. This title expresses the eternal nature of God even though Jesus came in the flesh. Why is it so difficult for us to comprehend the eternal nature of Jesus and God?
4. Prince of Peace was the fourth name listed by Isaiah in verse six. Jesus would come as the Prince of Peace. The scriptures tell us that Jesus came to bring a different kind of peace than the world knew and that this peace would exist between us and God. Paul says in Philippians chapter four that this peace would pass all understanding. How has Jesus been a Prince of Peace in your life this year?
5. The message wrapped up by looking at the truth that exists in the scriptures that God really does want to be with us in life and that he wants us to be with him throughout eternity. John promised his disciples that he would return for them one day. Until that day arrives we can enjoy the presence of God through the work of the Holy Spirit. Have there been times in your life when you longed for the presence of God and what has gotten you through those times?
The days are ticking down to Christmas. Hopefully you are taking some time to enjoy the season. There is lots to do, but let’s remember to focus on Jesus and his kingdom as we make our way through the season. Have a great week in the Lord!
December 6, 2015
Introduction: Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration that brings back warm memories from the past? Maybe it’s an ornament you hang on the tree that was given to you by a grandparent or family friend. Isaiah will issue a prophecy about the coming child who would have the government resting on his shoulders. In this message we will look at the presence of God in our lives today.
I. Consider His embrace.
A. Some people tend to hold on.
B. Some people tend to let go.
II. Consider His names.
A. He is the ________________ Counselor. Luke 12:13
B. He is the ________________ God. Matthew 8:26
C. He is the ________________ Father. John 14:8-9
D. He is the Prince of ____________. Mark 9:33
III. Consider His presence.
The Lord wants to be there for us. Hebrews 13:5-6
The Lord wants us to be there with Him. 2 Peter 3:9
Conclusion: Christmas is a great time for us to gather together with our family and friends around the tree. Being in the presence of our loved ones is very meaningful at this time of the year. As Christians, we can experience the loving embrace of the Lord throughout the year because of what happened in a manger so long ago. This is the good news which has been given to us to share with others as we look forward to the Savior’s return.
Key Thought: Jesus was the presence of God come in the flesh so that we might be embraced by His love.
Key Words: Wonderful, Mighty, Everlasting, Peace