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The Person of Christmas (1 of 3)
Series: Whats the Big Deal About Christmas?
INTRODUCTION: Research shows that literally BILLIONS of dollars will be spent on Christmas gifts in 2014. If you were to read Love Languages by Gary Chapman, (''How to Express Your Heartfelt Commitment To Your Mate'') you would discover a lot about how you display love. Janet does so by giving gifts. I personally feel that one of my secondary gifts is from Romans 12:8 ''he who gives, with liberality.'' In this same text is my primary gift ''he who exhorts, in exhortation.'' Verse 6 of Romans 12 says, ''having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…''
I'm grateful to God for every gift given and every gift received. People this season will be blessed and a blessing. However, Christmas is a BIG DEAL. I wish to use my platform that Christ has given me to promote the BIG DEAL of Christmas. My prayer is that I would be motivated by the Love of God (John 3:16), Empowered by the Spirit of God (John 15:5) and preach this message to the
Glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
I pray that Christmas will be a Celebration of the Big Deal and not a DISTRACTION of the
Big Deal. There is a constant danger of loving things and using people rather than loving people and using things. A person engulfed in self-will, self-indulgence, and self-fulfillment becomes less and less capable of loving and giving because as their desire to possess grows, their desire to give withers.
Selfish greed progressively alienates a person from everyone else, including those who are closest and dearest. The end result is loneliness and despair. Everything that is craved soon yields to the law of diminishing returns and the more one has of it the less it satisfies.
I. THE PREACHER 1
A. He Is A Servant
''bondservant'' - voluntarily served others; humble nobility and honor. (DOULOS)
1 Timothy 1:15
''This is a faithful saying and worthy ...
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