141221 Romans 16:25-27

Sermon Text: Romans 16:25 – 27
Sermon Theme: To God Be The Glory!

I would like to begin today by reading a quote for you. I am not going to tell you the name of the author of the quote just yet. It was written shortly after the rioting that took place in Ferguson, Missouri this past November. In part he writes this:

"Ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. But I'm encouraged because God has provided a solution for sin through his Son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that's capable of looking past the outward and seeing what's truly important in every human being. The cure...is not education or exposure. It's the GOSPEL. So, finally, I'm encouraged because the GOSPEL gives mankind hope."

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141217 "Hail to the Lord's Anointed" - King

Q: To what office did God anoint Christ?

Acts 10:38. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power

Deuteronomy 18:15. The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers.

Hebrews 3:1. Fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

John 18:37. Jesus answered "You are right in saying I am a king.

A: God anointed Christ to the office of prophet, priest and king. ("Christ" means "The Anointed One.")

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141214 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Theme: God's Will Is Done

We used it in church last week. We will use it again this week...and probably next week. It isn't a required part of our worship, but I can't think of many times when we worship without it. I am talking about the Lord's Prayer. Two thousand years ago Jesus taught his disciples how to pray using the Lord's Prayer, and because we are his disciples too we continue to pray that prayer today.

There are seven petitions in the Lord's Prayer, but our text for today borrows from the language of one petition in particular, the third petition, which begins with the words: "Your will be done." When Christians pray those words, we mean them. We want God's will to be done, even if we aren't always sure what God's will is.

Does God want me to apply to this school or that school? Does God want me to be a doctor or a dentist or a truck driver? Does God want my family to move to a different house or a different state or does he want us to stay put? Sometimes we wish that he would, but God doesn't always tell us what to do. He wants us to honor him in everything we do, and when we do he promises that he will bless us.

There are some times, however, when God does take the decision out of our hands. There are some occasions when the Lord tells his people exactly what he wants them to do...like today's sermon text. Paul's inspired words leave no room for confusion, not for the Thessalonian Christians who lived in the first century, and not for Christians like us living in the twenty-first century. With clarity and conviction, Paul tells God's people how we can do God's will...

GOD'S WILL IS DONE

I. When we live joyfully
II. When we live prayerfully
III. When we live thankfully

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141210 Hebrews 7:23-28

Text: Hebrews 7:23-28
Theme: Hail To The Lord's Anointed: Priest

What is Jesus' last name? That was the question I posed to Miss Myers' second grade class earlier this week, and as you might expect I was given some pretty interesting answers. Some students thought that Jesus' last name was "God" or "Holy Spirit" or "Holy Ghost." Others were convinced that his last name was just plain "holy" because that is what Jesus is. And there was a small, but vocal minority who thought Jesus had a regular last name.

One answer I was a little surprised not to hear was "Christ." At the beginning of this sermon, I said, "Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." "Jesus" and "Christ" are paired together so often in the New Testament that it almost seems Christ is Jesus' last name. But it's not.

Christ isn't a name at all. It's a divine title. The Greek word, "Christ," and the Hebrew equivalent, "Messiah," both mean the same thing, "the Anointed One." In the Old Testament special people were anointed, or sprinkled, with oil. Anointing was God's way of setting people apart for sacred service. And there was no more sacred office than the Old Testament priesthood.

Beginning with Aaron and his sons in the wilderness, the priests were anointed to represent the people before God and to represent God before the people. They offered up prayers and sacrifices. They served in the tabernacle, and later the temple, the earthly representations of God's presence among his people.

God's presence among his people is what Advent is all about. We are preparing to celebrate our Savior's first coming in fourteen days. We eagerly anticipate Jesus' second coming on the Last Day. We thank and praise him for everything he has done for us and for all the things he still does for us. And tonight we focus on the saving acts of Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One, as our Priest...

HAIL TO THE LORD'S ANOINTED: PRIEST

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