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Pastor Shane Ham : Total Jubilation

Vintage Christmas · 52:25 · Recorded December 19, 2021

Total Jubilation

Isaiah 9:1-2, 4-7 (NIV) Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned…For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

How to handle the dark

The “Light” shows you how to live in the world without fear.

Fear of death.

Fear of what happens after death.

Fear of not getting the most out of this life.

Luke 2:10 (ESV) And the angel said to them. “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

How to open a Gift

The “Gift” shows it must be received not earned.

Salvation never comes through human power, but through God’s grace.

What comes in “The Gift”

1. A saving God that meets you where you are.

John 1:1, 14 (NIV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 John 1:1-2 (NIV) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not form yourselves; it is the gift of God…

2. An enduring God that loves you intimately.

Mark 5:41 (NLT2) Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!”

3. A providing God that sees all your needs.

Philippians 4:19 (NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

4. A personal God that brings you joy.

He frees you for jubilation!

Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIV) For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Talk It Over

  • What is something that brings you peace? What is something that frightened you as a child, but now no longer frightens you?

  • Shane spoke about joy and the joy God gives us. What is it about Christmas that brings you joy? What ways has God brought joy in your life this year?

  • We can trust that God will always meet our needs (Philippians 4:19). Can you recall a time this year when God provided what you needed? Take some time today express your thankfulness to God. Reflect on how good God is, and all he has done for you.

  • What’s your take-away from this message that you’ll be working on this week, and how can your group support or encourage you in that commitment?

  • Have you ever caught yourself trying to “earn” God’s approval? Why is it difficult for you to accept the “gift” of God’s love and grace? Read Ephesians 2:8-10 as a reminder of God’s love and grace.

Parents: This week can get busy as we approach Christmas Day. Do you overstuff your calendar? Are you trying to cram in shopping or a few last-minute Christmas activities for the kids?
This week try and do one less thing. This can be so hard! Instead, take that time with your family and rest! Enjoy the peace that comes from knowing that we have received the greatest gift of all!

Talk It Over

  • What is something that brings you peace? What is something that frightened you as a child, but now no longer frightens you?

  • Shane spoke about joy and the joy God gives us. What is it about Christmas that brings you joy? What ways has God brought joy in your life this year?

  • We can trust that God will always meet our needs (Philippians 4:19). Can you recall a time this year when God provided what you needed? Take some time today express your thankfulness to God. Reflect on how good God is, and all he has done for you.

  • What’s your take-away from this message that you’ll be working on this week, and how can your group support or encourage you in that commitment?

  • Have you ever caught yourself trying to “earn” God’s approval? Why is it difficult for you to accept the “gift” of God’s love and grace? Read Ephesians 2:8-10 as a reminder of God’s love and grace.

Parents: This week can get busy as we approach Christmas Day. Do you overstuff your calendar? Are you trying to cram in shopping or a few last-minute Christmas activities for the kids?
This week try and do one less thing. This can be so hard! Instead, take that time with your family and rest! Enjoy the peace that comes from knowing that we have received the greatest gift of all!

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