In the Spirit and Power of Elijah, Part I (Matthew 3:1-12; Mk 1:1-8; Lk 3:1-18)

In the Spirit and Power of Elijah (Matthew 3:1-12; Mk 1:1-8; Lk 3:1-18) Preaching Text: Matthew 3:1-12 (Parallel texts: Mk 1:1-8; Lk 3:1-18) Matthew 3:1-12 The Preaching of John the Baptist 3 Now in those days John the Baptist *[a]came, [b]preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [c]is at hand.” 3 For this is the one referred to [d]by Isaiah the…

Strength, Wisdom, and Grace, Part 2 (Luke 2:41-52)

Strength, Wisdom, and Grace- Luke 2:41-52 Luke 2: 41-52 Luke 2: 41-52 Visit to Jerusalem 41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up there according to the custom of the feast; 43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days required, the boy Jesus…

Strength, Wisdom, and Grace, Part 1 (Luke 2:40-52)

Strength, Wisdom, and Grace- Luke 2:40-52 Luke 2:40-52 Luke 2:40-52 40 Now the Child continued to grow and to become strong, [a]increasing in wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him. Visit to Jerusalem 41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up there according to…

Walking In Wisdom (James 1:1-18)

Walking in Wisdom (James 1:1-18) James 1:1-18 James 1: 1-18 The Testing of Your Faith James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,  To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:  Greetings.  Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your…

Sovereign God, Providential Plans (Part 2, Humble Beginnings)- Matthew 2:12-23

Sovereign God, Providential Plans (Part 2, Humble Beginnings) Matthew 2:12-23 Matthew 2:12-23 12 And after being warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way. The Escape to Egypt 13 Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up!…

Sovereign God, Providential Plans (Part 1, Bethlehem and Worship)- Matthew 2:1-11

Sovereign God, Providential Plans (Part 1, Bethlehem and Worship) Matthew 2:1-11 Matthew 2:1-11 The Visit of the Magi 2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, [a]magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the…

The Word Became Flesh- Luke 2:1-20

The Word Became Flesh- Luke 2:1-20 Luke 2:1-20 Luke 2:1-20 Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem 2 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all [a]the inhabited earth. 2 [b]This was the first census taken while [c]Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all the people were on their way to register for the census, each to his own…