Let me ask you a question:
If God really has provided the solution to every single problem in the universe through Jesus, what difference does that make?
I’m guessing you didn’t need much time to answer.
Probably a harder question would be, what difference doesn’t it make?
It should change everything.
But, does it?
Now, we are talking.
If not, why not?
I think one reason why not is because many of us live life with a touch of low-grade uncertainty. We believe, but we are not sure. That’s why it’s so important we gather together to hear God speak through His Word week after week after week. God is at work strengthening us as we sing, as we interact, as we celebrate communion and as His Word is preached. This Sunday I am praying God will use our time together in the gospel of Luke to strengthen your confidence in Jesus so that you will live lives completely sold out for the glory of Jesus.
We’ve got one life.
It’s not about us.
It’s about Him.
But we need God’s help. As Paul Tripp once said, “If you don’t live your life for the sake of God’s glory, you will shrink your life to the size of your own glory.” And we don’t want that. To live for ourselves is not just wrong, it’s delusional. We’re not that great. We’re not that important. But God is. Jesus is. We’ve got an amazing gospel to proclaim. Will you ask God to help us overcome our doubts and uncertainties and grow in our assurance that He really has provided the solution to every single problem in the universe through Jesus?
Come ready! Come expectant! Come praying!
I’ve included some things in the sermon brief document that I think will help you and your children benefit from the message this Sunday. Check them out. Print out what’s helpful. Or perhaps you can come up with a better plan yourself.
For the younger children this Sunday, you can have them listen for the words, Joseph, Mary, Simeon and Anna. It’s a lot I know, but I couldn’t think of one word that is going to come up throughout the whole message.
To encourage them, my wife Marda will have some treats afterward.
Welcome, Announcements and Call to Worship
Scripture Reading (Luke 2:22-38) and Pastoral Prayer
Preaching of God’s Word: Luke 2:22-38 “Looking to Jesus: A Sign that Is Opposed”