IS THERE NOT A CAUSE? (1 SAM. 17:8 & 29)

Intro: It's those moments before the battle we have to win.

I. He Taunts Israel (v. 8)

II. He Tells Israel (v. 9)

Ref. Eph. 6:12, Gal. 3:23-24, Jn. 1: 12-13, Eph. 6:16

III. Faith Sees (v. 26)

2. Cor. 5:7

IV. Faith Believes (v. 37)

V. Faith Speaks (v. 45-46)

VI. Faith Overcomes (v. 50)

Ps. 112:18

Conclusion: In the end, we have victory.

RESERVED PRAISE (PS. 65:1)

Intro: God's goodness gives us ample material for praise.

I. God's Material Provision

II. God's Spiritual Provision

Conclusion:

The God who hears prayers (v. 2)

The God who forgives (v. 3)

The God who fellowships (v. 4)

Those who have such readiness will pay their vow of praise.

LIVING IN THE OVERFLOW (PHIL. 4:11)

Intro: The path to victory leads to a pleasant place called contentment.

I. Overflow

Eph. 3:20; 2 Peter 1:4; 2 Cor. 9:8

II. Lack

Ps. 34:9-10; 1 Thess. 4:12; James 1:5; Job 4:11; Prov. 5:23; Prov. 10:21; Prov. 11:14; Hos. 4:6; Prov. 22:27

III. Contentment

Phil. 2:17; Job 24:7-8

Conclusion: Working into a place of being a blessing. "Lord make us a blessing."

New Year ~ New You (COL. 3:1-2, 16-17)

Intro: Three Steps to a New You in the New Year!

I. Seeking God through prayer & worship – (Ver. 1-2) -  Engages the Heart

Matt. 6:33; Isaiah 55:6; John 4:23-24; Matt. 5:8; Matt. 4:17

Psalms 51:10; Ph. 2:5

II. Surrendering to God’s Word – (ver. 16) - Restores the Soul

Hebrews 4:12; John 1:1; John 6:63

III. Serving Others - Practical Application (ver. 17) – Engages the Will

Matt. 20:28; James 1:22

Jesus says, I Am: John 6:48

Bread: John 8:12, John 10:9

John 10:11; John 11:25; John 14:6; John 15:1

Conclusion: Lord, make me better.  This year, I want to be better.  Lord, help me to stay the course.  My humble cry:  Lord, make me better.

THE PATH TO 2018 (PSALM 16:11)

Intro: God is our safest refuge.

I. Petition and Praise (ver. 1)

II. God is My Beautiful Inheritance (ver. 6)

III. A Wonderful Counselor (ver. 7)

IV. A Petition Becomes a Declaration (ver. 8)

V. Preserve Me from Death (ver. 9)

Conclusion: Full and forever -- Follow God's Path into 2018. 

WHAT DO YOU SEE? (LUKE 2:15)

Intro: The Questions at Christmas

I. They found Christmas in what they heard.

Is. 55:16     Heb. 4:6     1 Cor. 2:12-14

Jn. 5:39     Luke 2:17-18     Jer. 29:13

II. They saw the truth of Christmas.

Is. 55:6

III. They saw the glory of Christmas.

Luke 2:25     Hbe. 6:16, 19

Conclusion: God will come into your lives. Jn. 14:17

THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS (LUKE 2:38)

Intro: Why would people go to such lengths to avoid Christmas?

I. Don't fall prey to worldliness.

II. They were longing for Christ.

III. They were looking for Christ.

a. The Word to meet God

b. A warning if you miss God

Conclusion: You may not always be in a service where God is speaking to you.

THE POWER OF CHRISTMAS (LUKE 2:37)

Intro: She (Anna) is what we want to become at Christmas.

I. She was a person of grace.

II. She was a person of substance.

III. She was a person with energy.

Conclusion: What does God want for Christmas? (Micah 6:6-8)

Those who understand share what God is doing in your life.

THE TEMPTATION OF CHRISTMAS (MATT. 4:9)

Intro: What lesson will you take away from this season?

I. Worship is Response to Revelation (not observation)

Luke 2:17, Is. 6:1

II. The Temptation of Christ - the devil wants to get your attention; he wants you to do something

III. The Application of Christmas

  • Priority - God first
  • Exclusivity - God only
  • Energy - Give power to resist

Conclusion: Worship restores us and gives us the energy to resist temptation. Our declaration for Christmas is that Christ is enough. We will not surrender our worship for Christ to a commercial holiday season.