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The Savior of the World - Facts About the Jesus Story

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Today Pastor Ed Allen preached again in the sermon series, "The Savior of the World."  Each service, first he talked with people from the congregation who grew up in different countries and they told how they celebrated Christmas -- pointing out that Jesus' birth is celebrated all over the world.

Today we looked at I John 1:1-4 and talked about the question, "What does Christmas mean?"  John doesn't include a birth narrative in his gospel, but he does talk about why Jesus came.

Six Critically Important Truths About the Jesus Story

1)  Jesus predated Christmas Eve.

Verse 1 -- "That which was from the BEGINNING."

John says the same thing in John 1:1-3.  John borrowed the term "the Word" from Greek philosophy to say that Jesus came from God the same way words come from the speaker.

Jesus was utterly unique and eternal.  John 17:5 -- He prayed about "the glory I had with you before the world existed."  Jesus was part of the Godhead.

When Jesus calmed the sea, the disciples realized he was in a completely different category than anyone else.

They began to see his birth was more than amazing -- it was essential.

Jesus was pre-existent, and part of the Godhead.  This is a consistent and essential theme in the Jesus story.

2)  The Jesus story was witnessed.

We read the Apostles' Creed -- "He suffered under Pontius Pilate" -- the story is set in history.  It actually happened at a certain time, in a certain place.

Verse 1 -- "... which we have heard, which we have seen with  our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched."  These were the elements needed for a legal deposition in ancient times.  He's swearing that it's true!

3)  Jesus IS Life!

Verse 2 -- "The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it..."

We have life.  Jesus is life.

Jesus is the source.  We couldn't see the source until Jesus appeared.

When we get connected to Jesus, we experience LIFE.

4)  When we accept the Jesus story, we can have fellowship with others.

Verse 3 -- "... so that you may have fellowship with us..."

We need community, and we know it.

"Fellowship" is deep, purposeful connection with others.

We need to hear this as a wonderful offer.  Jesus made life-giving connection possible.

We need to hear this as a challenge.  Invest in life-giving connection!

5)  When we accept the Jesus story, we can have fellowship with God.

Verse 3 -- "Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ."

The Father wants a relationship with us.

The purpose isn't Bible knowledge or more religion, but fellowship with God.

6)  The birth of the Savior is joy-producing!

Verse 4 -- "We write this to make our joy complete."

Pastor Ed finished the service by reading the Christmas story in Luke 2:8-14.

Who Do You Think You Are? Acts 28

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Yesterday, Deen Salami finished up our series of sermons in the book of Acts.

In Acts 28, Paul saw trouble coming, and had no other choice than to deal with it head on.

God's Providence

On the ship, they didn't know where they were, but God brought them to Malta, right where they needed to be.

God's Protection

Not one of the 276 people died in the shipwreck.  God had promised Paul he would make it to Rome.

God's Provision

The ancient name for Malta was "Refuge."  The islanders showed them "unusual kindness."  On the way to Rome, Paul was encouraged by believers.

Acts ends rather abruptly, but it wasn't written for our entertainment.  Look back at Luke 1, and you see that Luke wrote the books that we might know the certainty of the things we have been taught.  He wrote them to teach us and to get us going.

We're part of a Building Program that's been going on for two millennia.

Gateway is good at caring for each other.  Where we need work:  Being witnesses.

One thing you can't miss in the book of Acts:  The more they shared the gospel, the more people came to Christ.

If we want to grow, we need to share the gospel.

It's to simple a command for us to miss.  Share the gospel with others.

We are witnesses.  What will we do for Jesus?

Here Deen told about going barhopping with Erik Saunders -- to talk to people about Jesus.

At the end of his life, Paul wrote II Timothy 2:6-8.  He fought the good fight.

We've got the stuff, but we've got to let other people know.


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