Santa or St. Nicholas
December 18, 2011 Speaker: Series: Does Christ Belong in Christmas?
Topic: Advent and Christmas Verse: Luke 2:8–2:20
DOES CHRIST BELONG IN X-MAS?
“Santa or St. Nicholas”
Pastor Duane Cross | 12.18.2011
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.“ Luke 2:8-20(NIV)
I. THINK FIRST ABOUT_GLORY.
“Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor.” (Luke18:22)
II. THINK ABOUT_GRACE.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16(NIV)