Accepting the Christmas Challenge (Romans 5:8-13)
Gearl Spicer, December 1, 2019
Part of the Celebration of Joy series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Romans 5:8–13 (Listen)
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.
Celebration of Joy
Accepting the Christmas Challenge
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—