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Egypt (1 of 4)
-tell story of CCF and early childhood development class
You and I are desperate for the nearness of God. All of all the ways we hope to grow in this life…the physical proximity of our Heavenly Father is essential. This Christmas, our greatest present will be His presence.
-Psalm 73:23-28a (nlt and hcsb)
-in this series entitled Near
1. Egypt, In the Heart
2. Nazareth, In the Least
3. Jerusalem, In the Church
5. Bethlehem, In the Spirit
-Matthew 1:18-24 (...was the angel confused, which is it?)
• Jesus - Jehovah is Salvation
• Immanuel - God with Us
There is a nearness of God within us, In the Heart, that is only possible when we accept the atoning death of Christ on our behalf, we cannot experience the promise of "Immanuel" (God with us) until we embrace the person of "Jesus" (Jehovah is salvation).
-Matthew 2:15 (what is the significance of Egypt?)
• History and not Mythology…
• Prophecy fulfilled…
The holiness of God demands justice…in God's economy, death is the currency of forgiveness. Grace is not the act of ignoring sin but rather allowing a substitutionary death to bear its consequence.
-Genesis 3:21 (clothed with God's forgiveness)
-John 1:29-30 (Israel understands atonement…and here He is!!!)
-Hebrews 10:4-7, 10
What then is our inheritance? It is not forgiveness, it is not grace…it is Immanuel, God with Us!! (the manger moment was just the beginning!)
Near…In the Heart (1 Peter 3:4)
The death of Jesus transforms the fabric of our humanity, renews the wine skin of our anthropology so that God can be with us.
There is a nearness of God within us, In the Heart, that i ...
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