Series: Getting Ready For Christmas (2 of 3) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

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Part 3: Seeking and Saving
Series: Getting Ready For Christmas
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 5:7-32; 18:9-14; 19:1-10

Jesus stated that he had come to seek and save lost people and to call sinners to repentance. These statements produced both warm response and bitter reaction-and they still do.

I. The People to Whom Christ Came.

A. The "sinners." 5:32
1. The openly immoral. e.g. 18:11
2. Those with questionable occupations-e.g. tax collectors.
3. Those who made empty professions of faith. Psalm 50:16f; 49:6f

B. The "lost." 19:10
1. A progressive state.
a. Lost-disorientation. cf. Luke 15
b. Perish-deterioration. cf. Luke 5:37
c. Destroy-disintegration. cf. Luke 17:27, 29

2. An ultimate condition.
Lost, perished, destroyed. Note: John 3:16; cf. "eternal life."

C. The "righteous." 5:32
1. The Pharisee in the temple. 18:9f
2. The prodigal's older brother. 15:28f

II. The Procedures Christ Adopted.

A. He sat down with the sinners. 19:5f
1. By inviting himself.

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Part 4: The Sharp Edge of Christmas
Series: Getting Ready For Christmas
Stuart Briscoe
Matthew 10:34-42

Christ’s coming is usually seen in winsome, warm colors and this is right and proper. But there is another side to the story—Christ promised that He would bring a sword and fire. What did He mean?

I. The Incisive Nature of Discipleship.

A. The arena in which the disciple functions. v. 8
A world characterized by:
1. Sickness.
2. Social ostracism.
3. Sorrow.
4. Spiritism.
5. Sin.

B. The authority that the disciple wields. v. 1
1. As a representative of the King.
2. As a proclaimer of the Kingdom. v. 7

C. The attitude that the disciple displays.
1. Refusal to be manipulated. vv. 9-15
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