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Mary's Searching -- She Ponders the Ways of the Lord (3 of 4)
Temple Baptist Church
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and I want you to be finding your place at Luke chapter 2 if you would. We are in a series of sermons for this Christmas season that we have entitled, "Mary's Christmas" and as I explained to you last Sunday, what we're doing in this series of studies is looking at Christmas through the eyes of Mary. Now, I know that whenever you begin to talk about Mary in a Baptist church, there are going to be those who automatically begin to think that you've become a Catholic and that you're going to set a shrine up to Mary in the vestibule and start worshipping her on your way in the service. Well, that's not going to happen here. We are not going to magnify Mary, and give her a place a position that the scriptures don't ascribe to her -- we're not going to put her on the same level as our Lord and say that she was born of a virgin as well, and didn't die, but rather was taken up body soul and spirit into heaven. The Bible doesn't teach that and we don't believe that. We're not going to magnify her, but . . . if we're not careful we could become guilty of minimizing her and overlooking her and treating her like she was just another piece of the nativity set like the manger or the cows or the pigs. Listen, there is so much that we can learn from this wonderful woman if we would just take some time and learn about this wonderful woman.
That's what we're doing in this year's Christmas series. We're learning about Christmas as we learn about Mary. If you'll remember, when we began this series of studies, I told you that there are four fantastic scenes in the first two chapters of Luke that tell us a lot about Mary and a lot about Christmas.
(Two weeks ago) Luke 1:26-38 - Mary's Submission - she presented herself to the Lord.
(Last week) Luke 1:39-56 - Mary' ...
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