Monday, February 26, 2024

Out of Egypt I Have Called My Son - Nathan Rages

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Matthew 2:13-23 contains the dramatic account of infant Jesus' escape to Egypt and safe return to Nazareth.  This message focuses on these four characters in the story: 
1. King Herod: his cruelty (v13,16) and his death (v19-20).
2. The baby boys: their murder (v16-18) and God’s sovereignty (v17).
3. Joseph: his leadership (v13,20,22) and obedience (v14,21,22-23).
4. Jesus: His protection (v15) and His humiliation (v22-23).

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Simeon and Anna Meet Their Savior - Nathan Rages

Luke 2:21-38 records an impromptu encounter between Joseph, Mary, Jesus, Simeon and Anna in the Temple.  Our teaching focuses on these five key elements in the story: 

1. God’s faithful remnant (v25,36-37).
2. Jesus’ relationship to the Law (v21-27).
3. Jesus dividing and exposing people (v34-35).
4. Two suffering women (v35,36).
5. A man ready to die (v26,29).

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Angels and Shepherds: The First Gospel Message - Richard Hamilton

Luke 2:8-20 records the angelic announcement of Jesus' birth to some shepherds outside Bethlehem.    
1. The angel's announcement (v8-12).
2. The angels' praise (v13-14).
3. The shepherds' response (v15-20).

1. For unbelievers.
2. For Christians.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

The King's Birthday - Nathan Rages

Luke 2:1-7 records the familiar account of Jesus' birth.  This message focuses on these six details:  
1. The historicity of the Gospel (v1-2).
2. The significance of Bethlehem (v3-4).
3. The sovereign providence of God (v1,6).
4. The obedience to civil government (v3-5).
5. The strangeness of the manger scene (v7).
6. The instructive symbolism. 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Appreciating Joseph - Nathan Rages

Matt. 1:18-25 describes the announcement of Jesus' conception from the perspective of Joseph, Mary's underappreciated fiance:
1. His difficult dilemma (v18-19).
2. His angelic visitor (v20).
3. His royal heritage (v20).
4. His shocking revelation (v20-23).
5. His risky obedience (v20,24).
6. His unusual marriage (v24-25).
7. His valuable fatherhood (v25).

Monday, January 15, 2024

Zechariah's Song - James Voon

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Luke 1:57-80 describes the birth of John the Baptist and the song of his father Zechariah:
1. The birth (v57-66),
2. The three covenants: Davidic, Abrahamic, and New Covenant (v67-75).
3. John as forerunner and Jesus the Sun of Righteousness (v76-80). 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

The Magnificent Magnificat - Nathan Rages

Luke 1:46-56 contains Mary's famous song, traditionally called the Magnificat.  It's a hymn of praise that reveals two things about Mary and six things about Mary's glorious God.  

About Mary:
1. Her knowledge of Scripture.
2. Her worshipful heart.

About God:
1. His salvation (v47).
2. His power (v49,51).
3. His holiness (v49).
4. His mercy (v50,54).
5. His judgment (v51,52,53).
6. His faithfulness (v50,54,55).