The King Has Arrived - Mark Brauss

December 25th, 2016

☼ Birth …. Luke 2:16-21

⌂ The first evangelists

⌂ 2 Spiritual Growth Principles…

◊ treasure ◊ ponder

☼ Road Trip …. Luke 2:22-2

☼ The Promise ….. Luke 2:25-32

∆ The consolation of Israel

∆ The Lord’s Messiah

∆ Seeing Salvation

☼ The Prophecy …. Luke 2:33-35

► The falling and rising of many in Israel

► A sign that will be spoken against.

► The thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.

► A sword will pierce Mary’s soul.

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Christmas: The Hidden Truth - Mark Brauss

December 11th, 2016

☼  The Wonder  → Incarnation …. Matthew 1:18-23

     ◊ An Angel?

     ◊ The Miracle

     ◊  Immanuel – 3 truths

  • He is God … • He is human … • He is One of us …

 H T→   Christmas reveals the baby in the manger is God!

☼  The Big Question …. Matthew 2:1-6

       → Where is the King?

  • The Big Evil …. Matthew 2:13-16

            ⌂ Jesus – a refugee?

          ⌂ Where does Evil come from?

              □ 2 Spectrums  →  rich ↔ poor

              □ The real source …. Luke 14:26 / Romans 8:7-8

HT  → Christmas reveals the little King Herod in each of us.

☼ Seeking the Real God? …. Romans 3:10-11

    ⌂  No one seeks God?  > 2 Questions

  1. Have we created a God of our own desires?
  1. Is the God we follow the One who reveals

            Himself in the Bible

    ⌂ Hostility?

    ⌂ The Problem of Control

HT → Christmas exposes our resistance and hostility.

☼  The Paradox of Weakness & Power

          ⌂ A Strange King from Nazareth?

              Matthew 2:22-23 / John 1:46

            ⌂ The Opposite Way

          ⌂ The Comfort and The Challenge

HT →  Christmas challenges our prejudices.

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Christmas - The Truth Behind the Story - Mark Brauss

December 4th, 2016

☼ Darkness / Light …. Isaiah 9:2

 

Matthew 4:16

John 1: 9-10

Isaiah 8:19-22

John 8:12

I Peter 2:9

 

☼ A Family Story → Jesus …. Matthew 1:1

⌂ The Announcement

• Prophecy ….. Isaiah 9:6-7

• Proclamation of the Angel …..Luke 2:9-12

⌂ Fairy Tale or History?

□ The Heart & The Supernatural

□ The Evil of Christmas …. Matthew 2:13-16

Colossians 1:13-14

⌂ The Power of a Genealogy…… Matthew 1

•Women → Gentiles / Canaanites / Moabitess

• Immorality → Incest / Prostitution

• Murder

→ What does it mean?

1. No one is excluded from the grace of God.

2. We are all equal.

3. God is not ashamed of us. We are his family.

• Hebrews 2:11

4. Jesus is the Ultimate Rest ….Matthew 1:17

14 x 3 = 42

Six – 7’s

The YEAR OF JUBILEE (Leviticus 25)

JESUS

5. God is in control of History

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