He Came That We May Have Life
(Christmas as Part of God’s Bigger Plan – Part 1)
Sunday, December 15, 2019
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 31; John 15:11; Revelation 21:5)
1. The enemy invaded what God had pronounced as GOOD, seeking to corrupt and UNDO the good God had done.
(Genesis 3:1; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 6:23a; Genesis 3:9,15; Genesis chapters 6, 7, 11; Romans 8:7; John 5:44; Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23)
2. Satan twisted God’s WORD. Man bought the lie and thereby rejected abundant LIFE.
3. The offspring of the woman would CRUSH Satan’s head and REDEEM mankind from sin!
God chooses one man (Abraham)
(Genesis 12, 22)
3. Abraham TRUSTED and obeyed God (against all odds), and received a great PROMISE.
Then, a deliverer (Joseph)
4. God gave wisdom – to a man who was HATED by his brothers – to spare their lives from famine.
And another deliverer (Moses)
(Exodus 3, 3:8, 6:5, 12:23; Acts 7:34)
5. God spared one BABY BOY from death to rescue His people from slavery and death.
A Military Leader and a Prostitute (Joshua and Rahab)
(Joshua 1-3, 6)
6. Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute (and her family) because she FEARED God and ACTED on it.
A Man from…Bethlehem (Boaz)
(Joshua 1-3, 6)
7. Boaz did what was HONORABLE and welcomed Ruth into his life
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
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1. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2. We saw from the very beginning of Creation that the enemy wanted to prevent Jesus from being born / to keep the Promise of LIFE from being fulfilled. How does the enemy want to keep YOU from experiencing life? God’s promise? Christmas?
3. A key ingredient in the Christmas story is God using individual men and women to be heroic – but they had to TRUST God. God might want to use you “heroically” too, but in what ways are you wrestling to trust God in an area? What impact is this having on your life?
4. At moments in each of their lives, Joseph and Moses were “unwanted” by some people around them, yet God had called them and would preserve them for a great purpose. How should we respond when those around us seem to not want us around?
5. What might our initial reaction be when we recognize that Rahab (a prostitute) was in the lineage of Jesus? What does her presence in His lineage say about redemption?
6. In what ways can we emulate the characters we have seen today?