Worship and Bible Study
Sermon: Keeping “Christ” in Christmas
Text: Matthew 2:10-11
The Rev. Rachel Brown
Suggested Devotional Reading for Wednesday, December 4:
I Thessalonians 3:9-13 (click to read online)
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By The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Leggett
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Text: Matthew 1:1-6a
Matthew at the beginning of the New Testament is introducing us to the person of Jesus Christ, “Jesus, the Messiah” (Matthew 1:1). We assume we already know Jesus, but we may be assuming too much. We will never fully comprehend the reality of who Jesus is so we need to return to the scriptures again and again for a deeper understanding of the “son of Abraham, son of David” who is Emmanuel, “God is with us.” The genealogy of Jesus is not simply background information. It gives us critical data about who this Messiah will be. Identifying him with Abraham and David includes all those mentioned from Abraham to David. The genealogy of Jesus establishes the lineage of Jesus as a continuing example of God’s mercy to very ordinary and sinful people. That is to say, people like us.
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December 3, 2013
David, Jesus’ Ancestor
“I am the root and the descendent of David, the bright morning star.” – Revelation 22:16
II Samuel 11-12 – “You Are the Man!”
These chapters unfortunately record one of the most pivotal events in David’s life. David, the man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14) here acts more like a tyrant than God’s anointed shepherd king. He takes another man’s wife and then conspires quite simply first to cover up his actions and then, what that…