Posts from November 2019

Posts from November 2019

The Personal Cost to Mary – Luke 2:33-35

His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed—and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:33-35) Pastor John’s Notes: There is a price to be paid to follow after Jesus. Mary paid a…

The Rise and Fall of Many – Luke 2:33-35

His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed—and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:33-35) Pastor John’s Notes: Whenever we hold a newborn baby in our arms, it is a sweet and…

Seeing God’s Promises Fulfilled – Luke 2:28-32

Simeon took him up in his arms, praised God, and said, “Now, Master, you can dismiss your servant in peace, as you promised. For my eyes have seen your salvation. You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples—a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel. (Luke 2:28-32) Pastor John’s Notes: The name “Jesus” means “Yahweh (the name of God) Saves.” His name carried his purpose. When Simeon took Jesus in his arms, he…

Resting in God’s Promises – Luke 2:27-28

When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him up in his arms. (Luke 2:27-28)  Pastor John’s Notes: God had revealed to Simeon that he would see the Messiah before he died. One day, Simeon was led by the Spirit into the temple on the very day that Jesus was brought in by his parents for circumcision. Simeon was then able to hold the Messiah in his very…

The Spirit Guides Even Our Steps – Luke 2:27

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon entered the temple. (Luke 2:27) Pastor John’s Notes: When we are living by faith, we are in union with God through the Holy Spirit. Faith enables us to live in sync with the Spirit’s leading and in alignment with what he purposes. The Holy Spirit can then guide even our steps and bring us into moments He has prepared. This unity is both pleasing to God and delightful to us. It is a joy to…

God uses Faithful People for Special Work – Luke 2:25-35

This week we begin the season of Advent, which is a time of preparation to celebrate the birth of Christ. Simeon was a man of faith, and God blessed him with an extraordinary gift, that he held in his arms the newborn Messiah. Here’s the story we will be studying this week in its entirety.  There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit…

Loving Others is Required – 1 John 4:19-21

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister. (1 John 4:19-21) Pastor John’s Notes: Love is not a philosophical concept or wishful…

No Fear in Love – 1 John 4:17-18

In this, love is made complete with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love. (1 John 4:17-18) Pastor John’s Notes: Many people think of God as an angry judge who is ready to strike us down for our…

Our Confession of God’s Love – 1 John 4:14-16

And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as the world’s Savior. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. (1 John 4:14-16) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ has come to restore…

Loving One Another – 1 John 4:11-13

Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:11-13) Pastor John’s Notes: The Spirit of God is a spirit of love. It is a spirit that reaches…