Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
Christmas is almost here, and our series keeps gaining momentum! This week we talked about two people who were very fortunate to be included in the Christmas story.
If you’re familiar with the Christmas story, you may remember Simeon from the Gospel of Luke. Luke says that Simeon was righteous and devout, but also that he had been promised by God that he would not die before seeing the Messiah. Simeon got to hold Jesus as a baby, giving praise to God for what he had seen. Luke also tells us about a prophet named Anna who devoted her entire life to God and in the same day got to see Jesus too!
These two, among others in the Christmas story, got to experience God moving because they lived by faith instead of fear. But if we look at our own lives, how many of our decisions are governed by fear rather than faith? Maybe it’s giving to God, reaching out to a neighbor about Jesus, or simply trusting God. Whatever it might be, what is fear keeping you from that faith should be accelerating you toward?
Verses and quotes from the message:
Luke 2:25-38; Luke 1:13; Luke 1:30; Luke 2:10
“Before I realized we were supposed to fight fear, I thought of fear as a subtle suggestion in our subconscious designed to keep us safe, or more important, keep us from getting humiliated. And I guess it serves that purpose. But fear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.” Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Big idea: Fear limits, but faith accelerates.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Public Domain
Joy to the World – Central Music
Gloria – Central Music
Mary, Did You Know? – Mark Lowry