OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Part 4
Angels: “You will find the baby... lying in a manger.”
Shepherds: “Let’s go and see!” Luke 2:12 + 15 (NIV)
“Wise men came from the east asking, ‘Where is the baby...? We have come to worship him.’” Matthew 2:1-2 (NLT)
GOD’S GIFTS TO YOU THIS CHRISTMAS
1. YOU CAN FIND ___________________________.
“Today your Savior was born... He is Christ, the Lord!” Luke 2:11 (NCV)
“... All who believe in Jesus will be forgiven of their sins through his name.” Acts 10:43 (NCV)
2. YOU CAN FIND ___________________________.
“Those who love your teachings will find true peace...” Psalm 119:165 (NCV)
3. YOU CAN FIND ___________________________.
“God makes us ready for heaven... when we put our faith in Christ to save us... The one who finds life will find it through trusting God.” Romans 1:17 (TLB)
“Christ, God’s Son, has come to help us understand and find the true God.” 1 John 5:20 (TLB)
“You will find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Part 3
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ …“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)
“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11 (NIV)
THREE WAYS TO SHOW I CARE FOR THOSE IN NEED
1. REFUSE __________________________________________________________________.
“It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor – what a blessing.” Proverbs 14:21 (Msg)
“In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.” Luke 5:12-13 (NLT)
2. ASK _______________________________________________________________________.
“Give to those who ask and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.” Matthew 5:42 (NLT)
3. FOCUS ____________________________________________________________________.
“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20 (NLT)
“I assure you when you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me.” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Part 2
“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses? Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT)
FOUR STEPS TO LOVING MY NEIGHBOR
1. ASK _______________________________________________________________________.
“You must be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.” Luke 6:36 (NLT)
“Search me oh, God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Psalm 139:23 (NIV)
2. SHOW _____________________________________________________________________.
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:10 (NLT)
3. BE __________________________________________________________________________.
“Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!— harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8 (MSG)
“Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all that He has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
4. RESPOND ___________________________________________________________________.
“Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, "Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty," and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do? So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.” James 2:14-17 (TLB)
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (NLT)
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)