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Current Sermon Series
12/4 - "Showing I Care for My Family" (Ephesians 4:32) - Pastor John Zahrte
12/11 - “Showing I Care for My Neighbors” (Matthew 22:36-40) - Pastor Dave Timm
12/18 - "Showing I Care for Those in Need" (Matthew 25:34-36, 40) - Pastor John Zahrte
12/24 - "God's Gift for You" (Luke 2:6-7) - Mark Rein
It's "gift." Starting on Black Friday (and often times even before then), we begin a month-long dash to find the right gift for everyone on our list. The word "gift" consumes us for a month... or more!
Many people think that gift giving at Christmas was started by the Wise Men when they brought gifts to the baby Jesus. But it was God who gave the first Christmas gift.
God so loved that He gave. In one of the most familiar verses in the Bible, we are told: "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). On the first Christmas, God gave the greatest gift of all — He gave His Son. He gave His Son to die on the cross so we can have our past forgiven, a purpose for living, and a home in heaven. Jesus is the original Christmas gift.
We only give because God gave to us first.
During the month of December, we will look at what it means to "Unwrap Christmas" by showing compassion and generosity to our family, our neighbors and this world. Without a doubt, the spirit of Christmas is the spirit of generosity. Acts 15:11 says it like this: "We are saved because the Master Jesus amazingly, and out of sheer generosity, moved to save us." (The Message)
If it weren't for God's generosity, we would have nothing. The air we breathe is a gift of God's generosity. The blood coursing through our veins is a gift of God's generosity. The fact that our hearts are beating is a gift of God's generosity. Every good thing in our life — including our life — is a gift of God's generosity.
But God's greatest act of generosity came on the very first Christmas when He gave us Jesus.