Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
I hope you got the opportunity to join us for one of our eighteen Christmas services this year! If so, you saw our exciting conclusion to this years’ Christmas series, “Gifts.”
If you missed it, we have been working through a series leading up to Jesus’ birth by looking at his lineage. Specifically, we examined the lives of some of the first kings of Israel: David, Solomon, and Rehoboam.
In part one of the series, “The Gift of a Dream,” we saw David’s wish for a temple for God to reside in. God wouldn’t allow David to build it, but told him that his son Solomon would be the one to build it.
In “The Gift of a Legacy” David’s dream was realized when Solomon built the temple and God finally had a permanent residence with the people of Israel. This was Israel’s highest point in history.
In “The Gift of a Perspective” we see Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, make a very unwise decision. As a result, all the blessings and wealth were taken away from Israel and the nation split into two kingdoms. This also began a downward spiral for Israel, repeatedly disobeying God, getting dragged off into captivity numerous times, experiencing wars and persecution. To top it all off, starting at 400 BC, God was completely silent. Needless to say, after Solomon was king, Israel’s condition kept getting worse and worse.
Thankfully that wasn’t the end! God had another plan: He sent His son who lived a perfect life and died so that we could once again be close to God. That is the reason for Christmas. What’s keeping you from a relationship with the Him?
Thanks for reading the Central Teaching Blog! We’ll be taking a break, but no worries, the normal posting schedule will resume on Sunday, January 5th. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Verses and quotes from the message:
2 Chronicles 36:18-19; Galatians 4:4; John 3:17; John 1:14; Philippians 2:6-8; Deuteronomy 31:6; Deuteronomy 4:31; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Acts 17:24
Just for fun, can you count the f’s?
FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI
FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS…..