Welcome to Real Hope In Christ. We’re Glad You’re Here
This is our worship service for today, Sunday December 15, 2019.
Countdown to Worship: "Go Tell It On The Mountain," David Crowder.
First Music Offering: "Joy Unto the World," The Afters.
Announcements, Prayer Requests, and Offering: Wes Smith.
Second Music Offering: "O Holy Night," Josh Groban
Third Music Offering: "Christmas Day," Chris Tomlin and We the Kingdom.
Fourth Music Offering: "A Christmas to Believe In," Matthew West.
Communion Service: Wes Smith.
Communion Video Offering: "Glory," Matt Maher.
Today’s Sermon: Pastor Mitch McKinney, Real Life Church.
God With Us; How Christmas Changes Everything.
Today’s Closing Prayer: Ken Smith.
SERMON NOTES: 12-15-2019- -Pastor Mitch McKinney
God With Us, "How Christmas changes everything."
This week begins the new sermon series, God With Us were will be looking at the birth of Jesus through the eyes of the people who were eyewitnesses to the world-changing event. This week let’s take a look at the birth of Jesus through the eyes of Joseph.Have you ever experienced news that was, at first, devastating, but then turned into a blessing?
Matthew 1:18-25 New International Version (NIV)Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d] (which means “God with us”).24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
God with us will always be more than whatever is against us. The God who is with us does not lose. God blesses Your yes to Him.1. We see that Joseph was given some difficult news in this passage. How do you think you would react to this news?
2. How did Joseph respond?
a. He didn’t want to disgrace Mary.
b. He was going to divorce her quietly.
c. After the visit from the angel, he responded with grace.
d. He decided to follow the commands of God and stay faithful to his promise to Mary.
3. When we are faced with a difficult situation, we have the option to trust God or our feelings. Why do we find it so hard to trust God in those times?
a. We sometimes think that God doesn’t have all the information.
b. We sometimes think that we know what’s best for us.
c. We sometimes react to our feelings and input from others first.
4. Why should we trust God in those times? What actions can we take to trust God in those times?
a. God knows what’s best for us.
b. God is on our side.
c. God promised to be there for us in those times.
d. We need to take the steps that God wants us to.
e. We need to spend time in prayer looking for God’s guidance.
f. When we get the guidance, we need to have the faith and trust
Example of the promises that God has given us in the Bible:
Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.Romans 10:9 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts and with all of our souls and with all of our minds.
Our focus begins with all the people of Citrus County and by the Grace of God we will:Gather together to worship and celebrate God, Grow in our knowledge and faith,Give in love and, Go out into the world to shine brightly with the light of salvation from our Savior Jesus Christ and tell the world what we know is true; God Loves You No Matter What! We boldly ask God to help us shake the Earth and touch the Heavens!
Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV) 5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you and may God bless you!