Is Christmas simply another holiday…

or does this day have special significance for every one of us?

THIS IS CHRISTMAS

PS MONTE | 12/24/2017

SERMON NOTES

ISAIAH 8:11-14a, NLT

The LORD has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does.

He said,

Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do,

and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.

Make the LORD of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life.

He is the one you should fear.

He is the one who should make you tremble.

He will keep you safe.

CHRISTMAS IS A PROMISE OF HOPE

ISAIAH 9:1-7, NLT

[The] time of darkness and despair will not go on forever… there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.

EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES IS SURROUNDED BY DARKNESS

You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire.

LIFE IS NOT A BATTLE THAT WE HAVE TO FIGHT…

IT’S A BATTLE HE’S ALREADY WON

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty GOD, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

CHRISTMAS ISN’T A HOLIDAY…

CHRISTMAS IS THE FULFILLMENT OF A GOD-PROMISE!

HOW DO I RECEIVE THE PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS?

stepONE - Follow Jesus

Fall in love with Jesus

stepTWO - Find Freedom

Surround yourself with Life-giving people

stepTHREE - Discover Purpose

Discover who you are by discovering Who He is and who He designed you to be

stepFOUR - Make a Difference

Take your relationship with Jesus—and His people—and live out loud,

look for opportunities to invest yourself into other people’s lives