The Gift Christmas 2018

by Senior Pastor Barry Yates

Friends

Can you believe that Christmas is HERE? Everywhere you go the stores are full of decorations and hundreds of gifts for you to purchase; trees are up, and sparkling lights are out! This year I want you to tell everyone “Merry Christmas” whenever you get the chance.

The whole purpose of Christmas is summed up in the most famous verse in the Bible. It’s a verse we’ve all heard many times, John 3:16. “God so LOVED the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life!”

The Real Reason for Christmas is so simple: God so loved the world – that’s where it all started with love –and He gave it all. Think about this, you can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. God so loved the world that He gave the very first Christmas gift. The whole reason that we give gifts at Christmas is because God started this whole tradition by giving the first Christmas gift. And the first Christmas gift was God’s gift of His Son to you.

It’s the first gift, it’s the most expensive gift you will ever get, and it’s the greatest gift you are ever going to get.

Just think about it this way, If God loves you enough to send Jesus Christ to come and die on the cross for you, He loves you enough to take care of all your other needs – pay your bills, help you with your health, relationships, and so on. I mean, He already gave us HIS SON, why would we not expect Him to give us freely all these other gifts too?

So, I ask you, what is the real Christmas? It’s this verse: “And she gave birth to her first born, a Son, and she wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.” This simple event was the beginning of it all. The closer I can get to that realization, and all that that means, the more real it is in my life. The more real help and the more real encouragement and the more real strength I get for my daily life.

Come and spend time with us has we experience “The Gift of Christmas.”

Titles:

Dec 2 2018 Hope for the World

Dec 9 2018 The Story for the World

(Guest Speaker Mark Conard- No Notes)

Dec 16 2018 Real Peace for the World

Dec 23 2018 The Gift for the World

Dec 30 2018 What Will you tell the World About Christmas?