Christmas 

Part 1 and 2 – December 13th and 20th 

Intro: for both weeks 

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 

John 1:13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (NKJV)

December 13th – Receive 

December 20th – Become 

December 13th – Receive 

Receive what?

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 

One: Receive: Who and Why?

Two Questions: 

Q: How many are invited to receive Jesus? 

Q: How many ways are there to God?

Questions one:  

Q: How many are invited to receive Jesus? 

As with a variety of verses – there are different views:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  (ESV)

Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles.

Acts 13:47 For the Lord gave us this command when he said, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’”

1 Tim. 2:3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour,

1 Tim. 2:4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Q: How many are invited to receive Jesus? 

A: Everyone is invited to salvation 

Next question: 

Q: How many ways are there to God?

1 Tim. 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (ESV)

Rom. 2:16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. (ESV)

Acts 10:42 And he commanded (Jesus) us to preach to the people and to testify that he (Jesus) is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 

Acts 10:43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (ESV)

Q: How many ways are there to God?

A: There is only one way to God

THREE PICS 

Two: How Do I Receive Him?

STORY: I grew up as a Catholic – it was pretty much understood that membership in the church equaled salvation 

I thought I was saved and going to heaven because I had church membership and sacraments)

Why and how I received Him:

One: I saw Him on the cross – He became real 

Gal. 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? (NKJV)

Gal. 3:1 Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you? For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross. (NLT)

It became REAL to me: 

Do you see Him dying for YOU?

Two: I knew I needed Him 

Receiving Jesus is an individual matter 

Three: I received Him – this involved my heart and mouth 

Rom. 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (ESV)

STORY: I stood in the cold winter wind in northeast Ohio 

Let’s Pray: 

THANK YOU TIME 

“If you haven’t received your gift yet, please remain standing so we can give it to you. Otherwise, you may be seated.” 

Possible scripture you mentioned from Tuesday: 

Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

December 20th – Become

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 

John 1:13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (NKJV)

December 13th – Receive 

December 20th – Become 

Today: 

December 20th – Become 

John 8:4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.

John 8:5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”

John 8:6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

John 8:7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

John 8:8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.

John 8:9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

John 8:10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

John 8:11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (ESV)

December 13th – Cleansed – Saved from Sin 

December 20th – Empowered – Dominion Over Sin 

December 13th – Cleansed 

This lady dealt with both guilt and shame 

What people say who don’t include God:

Guilt and shame can lead to depression, anxiety, and paranoia, but they also nudge us to behave better, says Sznycer. “When we act in a way we are not proud of, the brain broadcasts a signal that prompts us to alter our conduct.”

Sznycer’s research suggests that guilt and shame serve an important, adaptive function important for human survival. We asked Sznycer about the roots of this pair of emotions and how they work in the brain.

Shame has long been viewed as “the toxic cousin of guilt,” but it has benefited us over evolution. Shame and guilt are functionally designed to protect us against harming those who are dear to us, and to make us behave better in the future

In foraging societies, people had to rely on each other to survive disease, predators, and scarce resources. Not being liked could be a death sentence because no one would watch out for your welfare or share with you.

Guilt can make us kinder and more giving. Imposing costs on those people who care about your well-being (for example, family and friends) is indirectly costly for the individual herself. The guilt system is designed to detect the imposition of this harm, to stop it, and to take corrective action. Likewise, shame alerts us when we act in ways that may cause others to devalue us and not come to our aid. So, natural selection favours those who feel guilt and shame.

How do guilt and shame differ?

Guilt and shame are self-conscious emotions linked to real or perceived moral failures. Their motivations and outcomes are different, though, and you can have one without the other.

Guilt can occur without anyone else knowing what you did. There may be no fall-out other than making you feel that you need to treat the other better, going forward. And you may try to remedy the wrong.

With shame, the focus is on someone else discovering your misdeed. Unlike guilt, shame can lead to more transgressions, such as lying or destroying evidence. These things are transgressions in the sense that they are socially undesirable things, especially for the victims. However, these behaviors may decrease the likelihood that the offender herself is devalued by others — and this is precisely the function of shame.

What goes on in the brain when we feel shame or guilt?

Guilt and shame share some neural networks in the frontal and temporal areas of the brain but their patterns are distinctly different. Guilt arises when your behavior conflicts with your conscience. Shame is triggered when we think we’ve damaged our reputation.

During fMRI studies, German scientists from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich found that shame set off high activity in the right part of the brain but not in the amygdala. In the guilt state, there was activity in the amygdala and frontal lobes but less neural activity in both brain hemispheres. The researchers concluded that shame, with its broad cultural and social factors, is a more complex emotion; guilt, on the other hand, is linked only to a person’s learned social standards.

Why do some people feel guilt or shame more than others ?

Behavior is influenced by biology and environment, which means many factors come into play. Sznycer’s studies show that the shame system accurately forecasts, and precisely matches in intensity, the degree to which others will devalue you if you take a given action that they disapprove of. In this way, the shame system embodies the Goldilocks principle: It activates to a degree that is “just right.” In the case of guilt, the intensity is linked to the person’s internal value system and not that of others.

People with some psychiatric conditions, such as psychopathy, may never feel shame or guilt. And children made to feel a lot of guilt and shame while growing up are likely to continue that pattern as an adult.

Matt. 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (ESV)

Col. 2:13 ¶ And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Col. 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; (KJV)

Col. 2:13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,

Col. 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (NKJ)

Col. 2:13 And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions, 

Col. 2:14 Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared acompletely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross.  (AMP)

Col. 2:13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive with him and forgave us all our trespasses.

Col. 2:14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross.(CSB)

Col. 2:13 And you, being dead through your sins and the evil condition of your flesh, to you, I say, he gave life together with him, and forgiveness of all our sins; 

Col. 2:14 Having put an end to the handwriting of the law which was against us, taking it out of the way by nailing it to his cross; (BBE)

Col. 2:13 You were dead, because you were sinful and were not God’s people. But God let Christ make youa alive, when he forgave all our sins.

Col. 2:14 God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross. (CEV)

Col. 2:13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

Col. 2:14 by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. (ESV)

Col. 2:13 When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven,

Col. 2:14 the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant cancelled and nailed to Christ’s Cross. (MSG)

Col. 2:13 When you were adead 1in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He bmade you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

Col. 2:14 having cancelled out athe certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and bHe has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (NAS)

Col. 2:13 And even though you were dead in your27 transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nevertheless28 made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions.

Col. 2:14 He has destroyed29 what was against us, a certificate of indebtedness30 expressed in decrees opposed to us. He has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. (NET)

Col. 2:13  ¶ When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

Col. 2:14 having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. (NIV)

Col. 2:13 ¶  You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

Col. 2:14 He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. (NLT)

Col. 2:13 And to you—dead as you once were in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your natural state—He has nevertheless given Life with Himself, having forgiven us all our transgressions.

Col. 2:14 The bond, with its requirements, which was in force against us and was hostile to us, He cancelled, and cleared it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross. (Weymouth)

Col. 2:13 ¶ And you — being dead in the trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh — He made alive together with him, having forgiven you all the trespasses, 

Col. 2:14 having blotted out the handwriting in the ordinances that is against us, that was contrary to us, and he hath taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross;  (Youngs)