Jesus is still with us


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Faithworks Christian Church, December 8, 2013 preaching series

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Jesus is still with us

  2. 2. BETROTHAL It’s somewhere between engagement in our culture and marriage. It’s more legally binding than engagement, but it’s not as legally fulfilled, as a consummated marriage.
  3. 3. BETROTHAL According to the Bible, marriage is two things: COVENANT and CONSUMMATION.
  4. 4. BETROTHAL That means that her covenant is in place, her consummation is on the horizon, and her wedding is under preparation.
  5. 5. TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE 1 Timothy 2:5 that says there’s only one mediator between us and God, the man, Christ Jesus, and there’s no footnote that says, “And his mom.”
  6. 6. TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE Catholics make too much of Mary, too much of Mary. Protestants tended to make too little of Mary.
  7. 7. LESSONS FROM MARY Mary is more timely than ever for all women, but especially young women, and particularly single women, because she lives a life of holiness and chastity before marriage and fidelity in marriage.
  8. 8. LESSONS FROM MARY “Mary should not be our object of faith, but rather our example of faith.” - Martin Luther
  9. 9. LESSONS FROM MARY She’s not our object of faith, because Jesus is our object of faith, but she’s our example of faith.
  10. 10. LESSONS FROM MARY She spent her life preparing for a future that she was unaware of.
  11. 11. LESSONS FROM MARY Are you preparing today for whatever God may have for you tomorrow?
  12. 12. LESSONS FROM MARY We have no idea what tomorrow holds for you, but prepare yourself today for whatever tomorrow might bring.
  13. 13. LESSONS FROM MARY She was worshiping God, she was studying Scripture, she was obeying the Lord, she was maintaining chastity.
  14. 14. LESSONS FROM MARY She didn’t know, but she prepared herself for whatever the Lord had for her .
  15. 15. JOSEPH Joseph has worked very hard to prepare himself for marriage, because marriage, according to the Bible, is for men, not boys.
  16. 16. JOSEPH He’s worshiping God, he’s paying his bills, he’s living his life. Even though he’s a young man, he’s a grown man.
  17. 17. JOSEPH You can get older and more foolish. If you’re young and humble, you can be wise.
  18. 18. JOSEPH He’s made that bold, courageous move of asking for her hand in marriage, and receiving her blessing and her parents’ blessing.
  19. 19. GOD’S SCRIPT Will you love and lead the family God has given you, even if it’s not the one you envisioned?
  20. 20. GOD’S SCRIPT Most of the time, the script you have written for your future and family is different from the script that God will hand you, and you have a decision to make.
  21. 21. LESSONS FROM JOSEPH Make sure that you are loving, glorifying, honoring, following the Lord, and that if he should hand you a script that is different than the one you have written, that you go with his plan and not yours.
  22. 22. LESSONS FROM JOSEPH Don’t take the path of least resistance, take the path of most glory to God. For you single men, don’t write a script in pen, make sure it’s in pencil.
  23. 23. LESSONS FROM JOSEPH Will you love and lead the family God has given you, even if it’s not the one you envisioned?
  24. 24. LESSONS FROM JOSEPH And Joseph says, “That’s fine. It’s going to be hard, but I trust the Lord, and his vision for my family is my vision for my family.”
  25. 25. LESSONS FROM JOSEPH He took it as a divine assignment from the Lord, a great honor from the Lord.
  26. 26. LESSONS FROM JOSEPH He doesn’t say a lot, he just does a lot.
  27. 27. JESUS Don’t just reduce Jesus to a good therapist, a life coach, a motivational speaker or a moral example. Jesus is , God, and he’s God among us, and throughout his life he kept saying that he was God and the only God.
  28. 28. JESUS Jesus is God with us, not one of many gods, God with us, the only God.
  29. 29. JESUS Because he said he was God, because he kept saying he was God, and when he rose from death, conquering sin and death, that forever proves his claims to be true. Jesus is God. That’s the bedrock of all that we believe. That’s who Jesus is.
  30. 30. JESUS There are no other saviors, there’s no other salvation, there’s no other name by which the Bible declares we must be saved.
  31. 31. JESUS Other religions do not save, other philosophies do not save, other moralities do not save. It’s not popular but it’s true. , Jesus alone saves. He saves. He saves.
  32. 32. JESUS He saves from sin and death.
  33. 33. JESUS Here’s the truth: we all need to be saved.
  34. 34. JESUS We are all, by nature and choice, sinners. It’s the one truth that explains the whole world and our lives. It’s so helpful, and it shows us the great need for a Savior for a Savior We need a Savior , . .
  35. 35. JESUS We can’t save ourselves and we can’t save one another We need somebody to come . in and save us.
  36. 36. JESUS If you don’t know Jesus, you are living in the path of the wrath of God.
  37. 37. JESUS There is a heaven, there is a hell. You are a sinner Good news, there’s a Savior And in . . this season where we give gifts and receive gifts, give your sin to Jesus and receive the gift of salvation.
  38. 38. JESUS God loves you, and God seeks you, and God knows you, and he’s Immanuel, God with us. Jesus is with you.
  39. 39. JESUS This is why, for us who are Christian, there can be no holiday without him.
  40. 40. JESUS Some of you think too much, do too little. Some of you say too much and do too little. Faith is an inward conviction that is demonstrated with an outward action.
  41. 41. JESUS He was worshiping the Lord through his work. All work, when done unto the Lord, is pleasing unto the Lord. It glorifies the Lord, it honors the Lord, and it’s worship.
  42. 42. JESUS Work becomes worship done unto the Lord.
  43. 43. JESUS You can trust the Word of God. It’s altogether true and it’s all about Jesus.
  44. 44. JESUS Luke 2:52 tells us that Jesus Christ was a godly young , child, a godly child, a godly teen, a godly young adult, a godly adult; that Jesus lived without sin; that he honored his mother he honored his father; he studied the , Scriptures.
  45. 45. JESUS And God has identified with us so that we can identify with him. He’s been there.
  46. 46. JESUS We are not an orphaned people, we are not an abandoned people. Jesus is still Immanuel, God with us.
  47. 47. JESUS We are not an orphaned people, we are not an abandoned people. Jesus is still Immanuel, God with us.
  48. 48. JESUS And just as Mary and Joseph welcome Jesus and made room for him, we always want to welcome Jesus into this church family and make room for him.
  49. 49. IF YOU WANT ME TO GINNY OWENS The pathway is broken and the signs are unclear And I don't know the reasons why you brought me here. But just because you love me the way that You do I'm gonna walk through the valley if you want me to.
  50. 50. IF YOU WANT ME TO GINNY OWENS Cause I'm not who I was when I took my first step And I'm clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet. So if all of these trials that bring me closer to You Then I will go through the fire if you want me to.
  51. 51. IF YOU WANT ME TO GINNY OWENS And it may not be the way I would've chosen When you lead me through a world that's not my home But you never said it would be easy You only said I'd never go alone.
  52. 52. IF YOU WANT ME TO GINNY OWENS So when the whole world turns against me And I'm all by myself And I can't hear you answer my cries for help I'll remember the suffering that your love put you through And I will go through the valley if you want me to.