Monday, 7 January 2013

Epiphany - Sunday Sermon Review

Sunday January 6, 2013 - Sunday Sermon Review
( from my home church I attend regularly )

1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Thought for the Week: "Prayer is as important as breathing".

Topic: Epiphany

The service began with singing "Worthy is the Lamb", "How Great Thou Art", and "I Stand Amazed in the Presence".

Text : Matthew 2:1-12
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.  Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Our speaker today was our Pastor in Training - Pastor Ryan. Here is some of what he said.
The Magi from the east were not Jews but Gentiles. They were men of stature. The star signaled the coming of the King of Israel. They were determined to find Jesus. The wise men worshipped Jesus and gave Him gifts. They believed the Child was worthy of worship and to be given gifts.
What do we bring to King Jesus our Saviour?
*our offerings at church ( an act of worship and submission )
*financial donations to camps, and other ministry organizations
*our talents and gifts ( we are all gifted with unique talents and abilities )
*gifts and talents come with variety and include - music abilities, working with children and adults, encouraging others, being a good friend, cooking, the list is endless
How do we give our gifts to Jesus?
Our gifts should be given to bring glory to God.
We give our gifts through service
* we use our gifts to serve God and others
* its not about what I can get out of life but how can I serve and bless others?
1 Peter 4:10 - 11 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
When we use our gifts and talents to serve others, we bring glory to God!
Sometimes we may feel like we are not as gifted as other people are - Some gifts and talents get more spotlight while others are done privately ( God sees! )
1 Corinthians 12: 4-6 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
Some are visible while others are more behind the scenes but just as valuable.
Diversity and Unity in the Church just as in the Human Body
The church needs all the people's gifts to function
There are many churches in our town - If they are grounded in Christ then we are of the same mission. We have the same goal. We are a body.
Personally Speaking - am I using my talents and gifts for God? - to bless others in service to God?
Use your work to bless others and intentionally encourage others in the faith.
The hardest gift to give is our time. We are busy people. Make time to serve God and others.
The Magi brought gifts to Jesus.
Let's bring our gifts to Him also!

Romans 12:4-8 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Note: Next Sunday we are back to our Matthew series.

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