"BE CHRISTMAS": What does that even mean?

December 20, 2016

 

THE SERMON

In this sermon in our series, Be Christmas, Dr. Mark Scott teaches us what it means to "Be Christmas" by focusing on the love of God.

The Father’s primary identity must become our primary activity.
— Dr. Mark Scott

THE QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: PRAY

Some people are porcupine people (i.e. hard to love.) See John Ortberg’s Book, Everybody’s Normal Until You Get to Know Them. Who is that person in your life? (Don’t tell them.) Pray for that person today. Fred Craddock’s favorite Scripture is Luke 6:35, “God is kind to the ungrateful and evil.”

QUESTION 2: SPEAK

Speech goes belly up if not coupled with deeds. See 1 John 4:20. But when do you need to speak up for love? Are you shy about speaking love into someone’s life?

QUESTION 3: GROW

Perfected is mentioned three times in our text today. It means “completed or maturing”. The litmus test on Christians loving is if you do it with greater ease than last year. Dallas Willard asks, “Are you less irritable this year than last?”

QUESTION 4: LOVE 

There are many love chapters in the Bible (Hosea 11; John 3, 13; 1 Corinthians 13; and 1 John 4). In this small text the noun love is mentioned 12 times while the verb love is mentioned 15 times. Love is the biggest thing in the Book, and it should be the biggest thing in our lives. The object of our love in this text today is the church. What could you do to concretely express more love to the church?

 

THE HIGHLIGHT

Sy Huffer, Lead Minister, shares the results of commitments made during our series, THE BA$ICS, about pursuing generosity. If you missed filling out one of our (anonymous) Financial Commitment Cards, you can still do so here.

 

ONE LESS GIFT

If you would like to donate to One Less Gift in honor of a friend or family member we have gift certificates available that you can give them and let them know! This would make a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer! These will be available at our services Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. You can also print out your own certificate here.

 
Posted on December 20, 2016 .