Accepting the Christmas Challenge (Romans 5:8-13)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, December 1, 2019
Part of the Celebration of Joy series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Romans 5:8-13

8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 12Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (KJV)

Sermon Notes

Celebration of Joy
Accepting the Christmas Challenge
Romans 15:8-13

How often to do you accept challenges?

Joy-Abiding presence of God that leads to a fulfilled life!

*…and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you Do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith The salvation of your soul. I Peter 1:8-9

*Now may the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so That you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Double challenge at Christmas-

I. Let Him fill you with all joy and peace—v.13a
A. Grant Him access to your heart
B. Surrender all your obstacles to Him
C. Anticipate His hand of blessing

II. Access His power so you can abound in hope—v.13b

A. Open your life to His plan
B. Choose to walk in His will

We come to His table with these two challenges—

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