Worship Preparation: December 14, 2014

Worship Preparation – Sunday, December 14, 2014

1. Ways to use this worship preparation:
• Print it out Friday and place it in your bible for the weekend
• Use it as a family devotion and time of prayer on Saturday evening.

2. Read sermon text: Hebrews 2:14-18

3. Read sermon summary: As we prepare our hearts for Christmas we want to consider Hebrews 2:14-18, which explains to us why Christmas happened – why Christ came into the world. This is one of the most important parts of the Bible that talks about the incarnation, when God entered the human space as a human. He shares in flesh and blood with us so that he might destroy and break the power of the devil, at the same time delivering us from the fear of death which is caused by sin. This passage explains Christmas as a reality of profound and cosmic hope. Through Christ we have victory over the sins that entangle us and the death that enslaves us. Through the child in a manger, we are assured that our Father in heaven will be sympathetic toward our human weakness, ultimately helping us through the death of that Son. As you meditate on this passage, rejoice in the One who has destroyed the devil and delivered us from the fear of death.

4. Consider the following song and its relationship to the sermon:

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel's strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a Child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

Derek Webb, Sandra Webb, and Charles Wesley

Preaching: Nikolas Lingle

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