WHAT GOD GAVE AT CHRISTMAS: THE GOSPEL
December 22, 1991
INTRODUCTION: This time of the year we are bombarded from
seemingly everywhere to "buy the right gift." One advertiser
strongly encourages you to buy your wife diamonds because
"diamonds are forever." All of the toy manufacturers are
encouraging the purchase of their latest inventions. The
question is posed thousands of times per second, "What should I
buy them?" or "What does he need?" Ponder with me for a few
minutes, "What did God give each of us on that first Christmas?"
Answer: The Good News of Jesus Christ. He gave us a Savior!
You talk about a gift that keeps on giving. I have been giving
Him away for over 18 years and I enjoy Him more than ever. Why
did God give us the Gospel?
I. OUR PAST: BEFORE CHRIST. v.11-12
(What we were)
"uncircumcision" - a term of
defamation; we were outcasts as far
as the Jews were concerned. David called
Goliath an "uncircumcised
Philistine." (I Sam. 17:26) Because
the Gentiles did not have the physical
mark of circumcision to set them apart
as the people of God, many Jews had
come to consider them to be inferior,
and, in fact, of no concern to God.
A. WITHOUT CHRIST. 12a
The Ephesians worshipped their
famous goddess, Diana, and before
the coming of the gospel message,
knew nothing about Christ. How
true of our own li ...
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