Pastor Baird’s December Preaching Plans
A Mary Christmas: Lessons in Discipleship from Jesus’ Earthly Family
Luke 1: 26-38
Mary’s dangerous prayer: “…let it be to me according to your word.”
Luke 1: 39-56 Mary prophesies the Kingdom of God: “He has put down the mighty from their thrones.”
“MARY’S HUSBAND: THE EXAMPLE OF A GOOD MAN”
Matthew 1: 18-25 The angels intercede with angelic divorce protection: “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife….”
December 24 (Christmas Eve)
“THIS IS A SIGN FOR YOU” Christmas itself is a sign of God’s presence.
Luke 2: 1-20
“NEVER TOO OLD TO MATTER”
Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple, and the elders Simeon and Anna respond
. Luke 2: 22-40
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This month we are looking at “large” concepts underlying a Christian way of life.
Today we look at “stewardship” as a way of life.
Matthew 20: 1-16
The landowner represents God.
This parable tells us the nature of God is to graciously offer life, talents, and opportunity to all who will receive them at any point in their life.
Biblical Concept:Whatever we have is God’s, not ours because we “earned it.”
Some grumbled becausethey thought they deserved more, but the key verse here is 15:
“Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what belongs to me?”
We usually think our life is ours, our body is ours, what we have earned is ours.
The point of today’s story is that God owns everything, and God has a gracious intent for it all when we recognize that and seek to live life accordingly.
To put it simply, “what we’ve got is God’s stuff.”
The Christian perspective:Our life belongs to God.Our bodies belong to God. Our talent is a gift from God.The resources of this world belong to God.
WE ARE STEWARDS OF IT! Our job is to invest life for God.
The big takeaway this week is the excitement of partnering with God to use what God has given you!Effective living is partnering with God to achieve what God designed you to be and do.When we do that we find true fulfillment, contentment, and even happiness.
Next week we look at “The Direction of Servanthood” which is how we can act out of, and live out the direction of servanthood.
Part 1: The Direction of Peaceful Relationships
Romans 14: 1-23
A real story without the names and places.
Church fight over how the church should be run, who likes what, what wants what.
The congregation is literally divided down the middle.
One group wants the pastor moved or they will leave.The other will leave if the pastor does leave.
Issues of what foods are proper to eat.
The religious observance of special holy days.What day is the Sabbath?
What Paul is dealing with here are controversies over peripheral issues and not core issues.
John Wesley:“But as to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think. So that whatsoever they are, whether right or wrong, they are no distinguishing marks of a Methodist
“The root of Christianity” would be those things that Scripture indicate are built into creation and are consistently reinforced through the whole of the Bible, reinforced by the Church throughout its history, and consistent with the teachings of Christ. These are not up for discussion.
Key Principles of Peaceful Relationships
Do everything “to the Lord.”Each of us will be accountable to the Lord.“I am not the judge.”God alone knows the hearts of people.Refrain from playing God.
Be gracious and accepting of other’s opinions on everything except the core of the faith.(14: 1,3)
Seek to honor the Lord in everything, including the conduct of disagreements. (14: 6-8)
Do nothing, if even you think it is right, if it causes others to sin or go astray.(14: 15, 21)
Whatever others do, stay true to your own conscience.(14:23)
Which one is key in all relationships?
I think “seeking to honor the Lord in everything.”If that were our guiding principle we would often conduct ourselves well.
Where possible conduct yourself in the direction of peaceful relationships.
Waking Up to a New Direction in Life
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Romans 13: 8-14
This month’s series: Direction in Life
The hour has come to “wake up!”
“Sleep” implies unawareness of the demands of the time.
General reference to the second coming of Christ.
Christians are to live in constant readiness for the return of Christ.
Every day is one day closer.
If Christ were to return today what condition would your total witness be in?
Though Christians are exempt from condemnation we are still to behave in an exemplary fashion.
Is your life “Christ-honoring” is there evidence of you having a personal relationship with Christ?
This month we will look at the direction in life that honors God.
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