What to Give Jesus This Year? Christmas Sermon Series from CHESTNUT STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
Everyone has experienced it — the frustration of not being able to find that “perfect gift.” Eventually one finally throws their hands up in exasperation and cries: “What do you get for the man who has everything?”
While people may have already begun thinking about what to will get for those impossible-to-shop-for family and friends, have people given any consideration yet on what to give Jesus this year? It is his birthday after all. What does one get for the God who created everything?
Forgot to put Jesus on the Christmas list? No worries.
Recognizing this is a common oversight, Chestnut Street Baptist Church is going to spend the four Sundays leading up to Christmas discussing: “What to give Jesus this year?”
For the answer, the congregation is going to look at what others gave Jesus that first Christmas. What gift did the townspeople of Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, Simeon, and the wise men give to the newborn king? How might their gifts set an example for people today?
The public is invited to join along as the congregation prepares gifts for the newborn king.
THIS Sunday, Dec. 9: Mary and Joseph
Luke 1:30-33; Matthew 1:20-21. Women, how would you feel in Mary’s place? Men, how would you feel in Joseph’s place? How would you have tried to explain this to your family and friends? How successful do you think you would have been? What do you learn about life committed to obedience from Mary and Joseph? What do you learn about faith from their responses?
Luke 1:30-33; Matthew 1:20-21. What reasons did Mary and Joseph have to be afraid? What fears have you experienced as you have dealt with God’s call? What did they have to give up in order to obey Him? What might you have to give up in order to obey God?
David Livingstone said: "If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" How do Mary and Joseph embody this sentiment? Why do we struggle to adopt the same attitude?
Luke 1:38; Matthew 1:24. “Freedom is the ability not to insist on my rights, but to see that God gets His” (Oswald Chambers). How is this definition of freedom different from our usual definition of freedom? How is this attitude embraced by both Mary and Joseph? What would it look like for you to respond to God in the same way: “I am the Lord’s servant. Therefore, I will...”
Sunday, Dec. 16: The Shepherds
Sunday, Dec. 23: Simeon
Monday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): The wise men
Sunday school and coffee is at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. Childcare for pre-school to age 4 is provided.