After Advent? – part 2

“AFTER ADVENT? – Part 2” INTRO: Luke 2:52 summarizes the focus of Jesus’ life after the first Christmas until He was 30 years of age. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. (Luke 2:52) Jesus grew holistically – intellectually, physically, spiritually and relationally. Holistic growth is synergistic, and…

After Advent?

“AFTER ADVENT?” Overview of the Christmas Story (Matt. 1-2; Luke 1-2). INTRO: Luke 2:52 summarizes Jesus’ life from age 12–30! For 18 years, Jesus “increased” – He grew, advanced, to be well along (He made good headway). HOLISTIC GROWTH (Luke 2:52): 1) Intellectually, 2) Physically, 3) Spiritually & 4) Relationally. The weakest link may hinder…

Purpose & Process – Part 3

“PURPOSE & PROCESS – Part 3” INTRO: God’s ultimate purpose for mankind is that we be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rom. 8:28-29). God uses our circumstances, regardless of their source, to bring about His purpose of conforming us into Christ’s image (Rom. 8:28; James 1:2-5). I. YOUR EMPLOYEES (2Cor. 4:16-18). When your outward…

Purpose & Process – part 2

“PURPOSE & PROCESS – Part 2” INTRO: God’s ultimate purpose for mankind is to be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rom. 8:28-29). THE PROCESS FOR FULFILLING THE PURPOSE: I. A REVELATION OF JESUS (2Cor. 3:18; 1Jn. 3:2). As we behold the Lord’s glory, we are transformed into the same image by the Spirit of…

Purpose & Process – Part 1

“PURPOSE & PROCESS – Part 1” (Rom. 8:28-29) INTRO: What is God’s ultimate purpose for your life (not what is your ministry or occupational calling)? Romans 8:29 tells us that God’s ultimate purpose for our life is to be conformed to the image of Jesus. Romans 8:28 tells us the process we go through to…

Becoming a Sign of His Covenant

“Becoming a Sign of His Covenant” Intro: When God made covenants with His people, He sealed it with a sign.  To make a covenant with was an agreement that God made with man.  Covenant = Hebrew “Alliance; pledge.” Greek “a contract; an arrangement which one wishes to be valid” Dictionary means “the conditional promises made to…