How To Find Jesus -- Lesson from Wise Men. Matthew 2:1-7
How To Find Jesus: Lessons from the Wise Men
How to find Jesus
1. See the Signs
-Wise Men saw the star- miraculous phenomenon
-Witness of creation- Romans 1:20
Possible signs that are leading you to Jesus
-Life changing event
-Lack of purpose
-Lack of true satisfaction
-Conviction- guilt from your sin
2. Search the scriptures
-Wise men looked for answers from God’s people
-They used scripture to answer the Wise Men
-Search the Bible to answer your questions
-Prophecy of the Old Testament
-Testimony of the New Testament
-study your own Bible
-go to our website to “Who is Jesus?”
-ask a Christ follower in our church that you trust
-The Wise Men searched until they found Jesus!
-they trusted the scriptures- went to Bethlehem
-Keep searching for Jesus through the testimony of
His followers, through His church, this church!
-let the evidence lead you to Jesus!
3. Surrender yourself
-Wise men searched until they found Jesus!
-Wise men immediately knelt and worshiped Jesus
-Wise men gave generously to Jesus
-Wise men dedicated their future to Jesus
What is your next wise step?
See the signs
-What are other people telling you?
-What circumstances are revealing your need to change?
-How has everything else you have tried failed to satisfy?
Search the scripture
-Is there anything more you need to learn about Jesus before you give your life to Him?
-You may really need more information
-Or, you may be using this as an excuse to keep rejecting Jesus
Surrender yourself to Jesus right now!
-surrender your whole life to Jesus
-surrender all you have to Jesus
-surrender your future to Jesus
Be Encouraged by Christ's Birth, by Pastor Greg Byman
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Be Encouraged By Christ’s Birth
This year we have a fresh appreciation for the little things
-Time with family, walks together
-We miss handshakes and hugs, coffee shop talks
-some miss friends at the gym exercising together
The ordinary things in life have become extra-ordinary
I want to challenge us to have a fresh appreciation for the ordinary story of Christ’s birth
-We often glance through these verses as common knowledge
-Manypeople who don’t follow Jesus even know the story
-A young girl gives birth to a child- big deal to Mary btw!
-however, childbirth is common, ordinary, 385,000 a day!
-Billboard on Coliseum Blvd announces birth names 24/7
-This child was not well known at birth
-The town didn’t even care that his first bed had to be a manger
Christ’s birth is also extraordinary!
-This birth fulfilled prophecy
-Mary was a virgin- this disrupted his parent’s lives!
-Jesus grew up to change our world forever as our redeemer!
I want us to be personally encouraged by Christ’s birth
-discover a new appreciation for this ordinary/extraordinary story
Why Christ’s Birth is encouraging
1. Every birth is important
-Jesus chose to enter humanity through childbirth
-He honored the way in which everyone is born, didn’t just appear or descent from the heavens like an alien or extraterrestrial being
-Your birth was important!
-it doesn’t matter how many people got the announcement
-it isn’t dependent on how important your parents were
2. Every parent is important
-Jesus needed Joseph and Mary to take care of him
-He could have been born self-sufficient, but he wasn’t
-Mary had to wrap him in cloths to keep him warm
-Mary had to find a bed for him- the manger
-Jesus didn’t need popular or powerful parents
-Joseph and Mary simply had to do the normal things
Parents must do to take care of children
-I wonder if Mary and Joseph felt inadequate!
-how do you raise God? What will this be like?
-can you mess up raising God?
-You are important to your children (or children around you)
-children don’t care how important the world thinks you are
-children just need you to do the ordinary tasks of
Nurturing them, protecting them, loving them
3. Beginnings do not determine endings
-Jesus was unknown to the world at birth
-He gained a godly reputation growing up but wasn’t a world
-Jesus simply came to fulfill will of His Father
John 5:19; Philippians 2:5-8
-Your beginning does not determine your ending!
-Stop blaming your past for your present problems
-Stop believing the lie that you will never matter
-Jesus invites all of us to live a fruitful life!
Be encouraged by Christ’s birth!
1. Thank God for your birth
2. Take care of the children God gave you
- you can do it! God didn’t mess up by giving them to you
3. Live for the purposes of God
-Do not let your beginning dictate your ending!
-Surrender your life to Jesus Christ!
Sermon title, by Pastor Greg Byman
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Trust the Story of the Virgin Birth
Every Bible story is important
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is inspired, profitable
The Bible is one story
-How God has redeemed us from our sins through Christ
-There are many stories, but they all point to this Main story
-Each smaller story is meant to increase our faith in God
The Virgin Birth story is a small but significant story!
-Recorded in Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38
-Matthew 1:23 says this fulfills the Isaiah 7:14 prophecy
-The early church continued to declare their belief in it
-Textual evidence suggests it was NOT inserted later
Why would someone reject the Virgin Birth story?
-Attempt to discredit the unique nature of Jesus Christ
-they would have to reject multiple other verses
-Disbelief that God performs miracles in our world
-multiple other Bible stories would have to be rejected
-Rejection of the Bible as a historically accurate record
-Many have tried and failed to disprove this idea
-We don’t have to check our brains at the door to believe
in the Bible
-Belief that it is unimportant to our faith
-Emphasis on his sayings, example, not his historicity
-This would mean God’s word is untrustworthy
-We have to accept all or none of the story of Jesus
-I welcome a personal conversation with anyone who is honestly
and intellectually struggling with the Virgin Birth. Let’s sit
down sometime and examine the evidence together!
I desire for us to trust the Story of the Virgin Birth
-Read Luke 1:26-38
Observations from Luke 1:26-38
adapted from Christian Theology by Millard Eerickson, 1985
1. Salvation is supernatural
-John 3:5b-6 We must be born again, of spirit and water
-John 1:13 we are spiritually born of God, not by our will or by
-No one can save themselves- we needed God to intervene
-Our Savior Jesus came from outside of humanity!
-Stop trying to earn or keep your salvation by human effort!
2. Salvation is a gift of grace
-Mary did nothing to earn God’s favor, many virgins available
-vs 34 “How can this be?” Only God can do what we cannot do
-No one is deserving of God’s grace!
3. God can do anything
-God is all powerful and has all authority to act
-The birth of Jesus is the most unique birth of all time
-Gen 18:14 “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
-When we believe in the virgin birth, we can believe that God can and will work in our lives, to free us from the humanly impossible task of resisting temptation and living a pure and holy life
-God can save everyone, no matter how far they are from God, no matter how dark their lives
Trust the story of the Virgin Birth
1. Admit that you cannot save yourself
2. Accept God’s love and forgiveness as a free gift
3. Let Jesus be the Lord/boss of your life
-Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.”
-Romans 10:13 “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”
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Shine Like Stars!
We need shining stars right now!
Real people, Real Church, Real God!
-Christ followers who really trust each other and God!
Too many people are being controlled by feelings and fear!
-Jesus invites us to a better life of peace and purpose
How to shine like stars
1. Work out your salvation with others
-“Therefore” refers to “have the attitude of Jesus Christ
2:1-4 a checklist of proper attitudes and actions
-We cannot grow spiritually in isolation!
-our salvation is tested when we are around other people
-Jesus “proved” his humility while on earth, not heaven
-“work out”- labor, this is not easy, we cannot be passive
-live how God has empowered us to live!
-even when you don’t want to!
-with fear and trembling- recognize we are accountable to God
-We aren’t afraid of God rejecting us (Romans 8:1)
-We do have a healthy fear of God’s discipline if we don’t!
-even when your spiritual leaders aren’t around!
-Paul said “even more in my absence”
-If you don’t want your pastor to see or hear you, then why
do you think it is ok to do it when he isn’t around?
-We are accountable to God- who is always present!
2. Check your attitude
-Without grumbling or arguing- Phil 2:2 is the opposite of this
-God doesn’t just want our behavior, he wants our heart too!
-Illust: we give Christmas gifts because we WANT to
-it isn’t as enjoyable when we HAVE to!
-vs 15 A practical test to check your attitude
-am I blameless- do I keep short accounts with people?
-am I pure- do people know I live a clean life?
-am I known as a true “child of God”
3. Trust God completely
-vs 13 God is fulfilling His purpose in and through you!
-Hold firmly to the Word- even when other are letting go of it
-Apply it to every area of your life- not just on Sunday!
-We are shining out in the darkness- spiritual depravity
-The world is actively rejecting God and His Word
-Eph 5:6-14 reject empty arguments, don’t go back to your
Dark life, “live like children of light”
-Real people, real church!
-2 Tim 3:12 “In fact, all who want to live a godly life in
Christ Jesus will be persecuted”
Shine Like Stars!
Who are you going to build relationships with to do this?
-What church family will you commit to?
-What Connection Group/church friendships will you commit to?
-Stop living in isolation!
What darkness do you need to turn away from right now?
-where do you tend to grumble and argue
-where do you need to be more blameless and pure?
-where are you blending into the crowd of unbelievers?
-Jesus is calling you to shine like stars- glorify Him, help others
Who must you tell about your spiritual commitment today?
-God uses pastors, elders and other spiritual leaders to help us
-We must depend on others to help us succeed spiritually!
-Who is “laboring” spiritually for you (vs 16b)?
-Let us pray for you, resource you, encourage you!
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