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.


Part 3: The Christmas Tree
Series: Faith For All Seasons
Stuart Briscoe
Isaiah 11:1-10

This passage of Scripture is a poem, a parable and a prophecy. In it, Isaiah explains the purposes of Jehovah in His Son's Incarnation through the picture of a tree. You could call it the story of the Christmas tree!

I. The Root of the Tree. v. 1

A. The fluctuating fortunes of Jesse.
1. Born in obscurity. 1 Samuel 16:1ff

2. Blossomed in majesty.
a. The might of David. 2 Samuel 7:18ff
b. The majesty of Solomon. 1 Kings 10:1 9

3. Banished in ignominy.
a. The divided Kingdom. 1 Kings 11:29ff
b. The exiled people. Jeremiah 22:1 10
c. The dominated land. Luke 2:1 7

B. The persistent purposes of Jehovah.
1. The forests will be devastated. Isaiah 10:33 34
2. The stump will be revived. Isaiah 9:6 7


Part 4: Pentecost
Series: Faith For All Seasons
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 2:1-14

It is no coincidence that some of the great events of the early Christian era took place on the ancient Feast Days of the Hebrew people. Christians believe that in Christ the reality of the ancient ritual is to be found. Pentecost has special significance.

I. The Historical Significance of Pentecost.

A. Passover-14th day of Nisan (April). Leviticus 23:4
1. Christ our Passover. 1 Corinthians 5:7

B. Day after Passover Sabbath-the barley harvest. Leviticus 23:10
1. Christ the firstfruits. 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23

C. Pentecost-500 days after. Leviticus 23:15-16
1. Christ, Lord of the Harvest. Luke 10:2

II. The Symbolical Significance of Pentecost.

A. The rushing wind. Acts 2:2
1. Ezekiel's vision. Ezekial 37

B. The appearance of fire. Acts 2:3
1. John's prophecy. Matthew 3:11-12

C. The miracle of communication. Acts 2:6-11

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