Jesus Favors Us Through Grace

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Dec 03, 2017 | Craig Lile

Jesus Favors Us Through Grace

This Christmas Season our advent theme is Believe! This message looks at God’s love, acceptance and complete approval through His grace by faith in Jesus. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to discover our love and approval from God is not a result of us getting it all together. Our identity, righteousness and abiding in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is complete through justification by faith.

BELIEVE . . . This Christmas Season!

Jesus Favors Us Through Grace

Matthew 1:1-17

Pew Bible – Page 529

I. Ashamed Before God?

  1. My closeness to God is based on how little I am sinning.
  2. I see myself primarily as a “saved sinner.”
  3. When I talk to God I spend most of the time wrestling through failures.
  4. I am drawn to sermons challenging me to “get serious about sin.”
  5. I am drawn to sermons telling me I haven’t done enough.
  6. My belief is that one day I may achieve being pleasing to God.
  7. My focus is on disciplines to make me stronger.
  8. I read the Bible as “You ought. You should.  When will you?”.

II. What Christ’s Genealogy Reveals in Matthew 1

Adam to David . . .  David to Babylon . . . Babylon to Christ

-  Jesus chose people with unblemished morals.  He also chose tragically __________________ people.

-  The sins you most regret cannot nullify God’s offer of grace and love.

-  Your sin won’t be accounted by comparing you to other people.

-  Grace through faith in Jesus gives us a new ________________________ and complete acceptance and ________________________ before God!

III.  Favor Through Jesus!

  1.  My closeness to God is based on the truth that in Jesus we are made fully _______________________ and can _____________ with the Trinity.
  2.  I see myself primarily as a “saint who still sins.”
  3. When I talk to God I spend most of the time enjoying His ___________.
  4. I am drawn to sermons that encourage a greater trust in my new identity in Christ.
  5. I am drawn to sermons reminding me who I am so that I am ________________ to live out the life God has given me.
  6. My belief is the conviction I am __________________ _____________ changed and _____________ pleasing to God.
  7. My focus is on _____________ to strengthen me.
  8. I read the Bible as “You ________. This is ________ you _______ now.”

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This Christmas Season our advent theme is Believe!