DECEMBER PREACHING PLAN
Faithful – Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 13:54-56
Title: Faithful, pt 1: A Carpenter Named Joseph
Key Idea: No man played a more important role in Jesus’ life than Joseph. He was not Jesus’ biological father, yet he adopted him as his son. He protected him, provided for him, taught and mentored him. Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand, faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-19
Title: Faithful, pt 2: Whose Child Is This?
Key Idea: When Joseph learns of Mary’s pregnancy he makes an incredible choice. He essentially decides to take the negative consequences upon himself even though he is completely innocent, thereby sparing Mary. Thirty years later, Jesus would make a similar choice for the sake of the whole world.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-21
Title: Faithful, pt 3: Raising A Child Not Your Own
Key Idea: The mission the angel of the Lord gave Joseph was to raise this boy as though he were his own. It was to love him, to mentor him, to teach him, to guide him. It was to model for this child what it means to be a man. Some of our biggest responsibilities in life are unplanned. No wonder the angel needed to say, “Do not be afraid…”
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Scripture: Luke 2:1-5
Title: Faithful, pt 4: The Journey to Bethlehem
Key Idea: Joseph and Mary left Nazareth, hoping the child would wait to be born until after they arrived. This was a journey neither Mary nor Joseph wanted to take. It was forced upon them by an Emperor wanting more taxes. It is emblematic of what often happens in life. We all, at times, find ourselves on journeys we don’t want to take. But God has an amazing way of working things out!
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Guest Speaker, Ron Vinger