Speaker: Geoff Banks
The people you don’t expect become open to the God thing over Christmas
Maybe this is the only time of the year where you get engaged in Christianity
Christmas makes you think about everything you should’ve been doing throughout the year. You think you blew it this year/strayed from God
You get an honest look at the year, which can hurt OR it makes you think about how close you’ve come to God this year.
It’s easier to think about the fun things about Christmas rather than the true point, which is Jesus’ birth.
We look past the Shepard’s in the Christmas story:
The Shepherds were far from religious: they were dirty, smelled bad, considered spiritual dirt. Everyone stayed away and they weren’t allowed to come to church. God could have chosen anyone other than the shepherd to tell about Jesus’ birth.
Angels are worshipping with the shepherds
God wants peace with ALL humanity
God not only loves us, but likes us
God starts to proclaim the story of Jesus before he was even born
We constantly strive to earn God's love
That needs to come to an end in our lives.
What are the things in your life that you believe stops God from loving you or liking you?
What sin, mistake or secret do you allow to get in the way?
He died so we don't have to live with that sin, relationship or mistake or secret.
What defines you is what He says about you.
You don’t have to be defined by the thing you believe stops God from loving you.
Leave that moment- God has power over that
He is a God of second chances!