Episode Notes

God’s Rescue Mission – Ps Kerrin Wallis [09/12/2018 AM]

Key scripture

Luke 2:1-7

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

  • The story of Christmas tells us much about the people involved.
  • Their character, nature, faults, traits, etc.
  • Christmas story tells us what God is like.
  • An event in the making for 4000 years yet dependant on very specific historical events occurring as the lead up to the plan.
  • What does this plan tell us about God?

1. When God plans it will always be BIG!

  • This Christmas plan changed eternity and History as we know it.
  • When God plans for you it is a big plan.
  • Is 55:9

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

  • God thinks next level for your life.
  • Look at the vastness of the heavens and realise God has much more for you.
  • This Christmas “ look up”, not down.

2. Gods plans are always too big for you to do alone.. they always involve others

  • Mary, Joseph, Angels, Caesar,…. on the cross even the 2 criminals were involved, etc.
  • Gods plan always has a purpose and a focus on others.
  • Gods plan involves us dying to self and focusing on others.
  • So many of the world’s problems are because of our focus on self.
  • Gods plan is Christ first then others.
  • God introduced community in creation
  • “Let us….. make man in our own image”
  • Christmas is about being generous to others.
  • The joy of life is only discovered when we find the joy of living for Christ and others.

3. God’s plan requires generosity

  • Let Christmas be an expression of our generosity… not a time of withholding.
  • God reaches to freely give.
  • To cheerfully give.
  • Give without an agenda.
  • Give to bless unreservedly.

4. Gods plan always involves FAITH

  • Let’s consider the plan of Christmas , it had a lot of variables… dictators like Herod, inexperienced parents, wise men tracking a star, etc
  • This plan needed faith at a high level.
  • Don’t lack faith to believe God for your plan
  • Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

  • We require faith to believe Gods promises, faith to sow in a time of famine, faith to continue through the storm.
  • Gods plan for your life requires faith but it is a big plan and a great plan.
  • Trust Him today.

Suggestions for Discussion Questions

  1. What does the Christmas Story tell you?
  2. What happens when we focus on ourselves?
  3. Discuss the joy of life.
  4. Have you got the faith to believe God for your plan?