Embrace the Cross at Christmas (Jude 1:17-25)
Part of the The Gift Of Christmas series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Jude 17–25 (Listen)
17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
The Gift Of Christmas
Embrace the Cross at Christmas
Will you embrace the One who knows you best?
Christmas allows our hearts to reflect on what's truly important!
"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life." vs. 20-21
"To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." vs.25
Big picture living in a crazy world at Christmas!
I. Remember that you must be aware of the world - vs. 17-19
*As we approach the future be careful to allow nothing to stain you!
II. Take action that reflects the Cross - vs. 20-23
A. Build a life of faith
B. Pray in the Holy Spirit
C. Live in His love
D. Express and show the mercy of Jesus
IIl. Anchor your heart in His ability - vs. 24-25
A. Accept the challenge of standing in His presence
B. Remember He is the answer for all time
This Christmas may we remember the full story of Christmas-A savior who gave it all!
Will you embrace the cross?