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December 25, 2016

Sermon Notes for December 25, 2016          

+Today’s Sermon:             “Just the Right Gift For You” 

+ Introduction / Question:

“How is Jesus God’s right gift for me?”

       Memory Verse for Christmas      

“But to all who did receive Him (Jesus), who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor or the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

(John 1:12-13)

+ Sermon points:

  1. Ask yourself: “Do I believe Jesus is God’s gift to lead me out of the darkness of sin, death and the devil’s deceptions in this world?”

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.”                                                                (John 1:9 - 11)       

  1. Ask yourself: “Do I believe Jesus is God’s gift who gives me the right to become a child of God?”

“But to all who did receive Him (Jesus), who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor or the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”                                                                                 (John 1:12 –13)

  1. Ask yourself: “Do I believe Jesus is God’s glorious gift of grace for me, my family, friends and others so everyone may receive His salvation and eternal life?”

“For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”  

                                                   (John 1:16) 

+Conclusion / Question:

“How is Jesus God’s right gift for me?”

            (Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, December 25, 2016)

How to pray? A plan to help you “follow”* God in prayer:

Set a time and place for your prayer time with God (Start slowly and add times until you pray each day.) 

Read the Gospel or another Scripture Lesson from today’s worship (see the Sermon Notes to direct your prayer time). Begin your prayer time asking yourself:

  1. What is one main thought, key insight or truth I gained from this passage?

 

 

 

  1. What does this thought, insight or truth say about believing Jesus is the right gift from God to you?

 

 

 

 

  1. Ask God to help you apply His Word to your life as you live with Jesus’ gift of grace (Start your prayer: “Lord, I ask …” or “Lord, help me to…”).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try writing your responses to the questions in a spiral notebook or composition notebook. Be gentle with yourself. Take your time with this new effort. Let the Word of God guide you following Christ. Look back over your first week, month, and so on, and see how the Lord is calling you to follow Him through His Word and with prayer.