Catch, Clean, & Cook Pt. 9 Advent – Keep Christ in Christians – Set Apart for God

Bible Verse:
Matthew 1: 18-25

Preacher:
James M. Moody

Date Preached:
12/17/2017


Reading Schedule:

Sunday

12/17

Proverbs Ch. 17; Matthew 1: 18-25

Monday
12/18
Proverbs Ch. 18; Matthew 1: 1-24

Tuesday

12/19

Proverbs Ch. 19; Luke 10: 25-42

Wednesday

12/20

Proverbs Ch. 20; Luke 10: 1-24

Thursday

12/21

Proverbs Ch. 21; Luke 8: 26-29

Friday
12/22
Proverbs Ch. 22; Luke 8: 1-25

Saturday

12/23

Proverbs Ch. 23; Luke 8: 30-52

Matthew 1: 18-25 – 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

SET APART FOR God

TOOLS NOT RULES!

Advent is the season to refocus our energies to create margin and space for the life of Christ to dwell in and flow through us.  This is why Advent is so important. Our primary task is the creation of interior space for Christ to be born in us afresh. This is the most effective witness we have. Every Advent season we are invited to a mutual indwelling with God. We are invited to root our lives in Christ, and allow Christ to be rooted in us. This Advent season, as we anticipate Christmas, let’s keep Christ in Christians. (Rich Villodas)‎

What is Keeping Christ in Christians? God’s answer, “I want a relationship with you that is so close and so intimate that I live in you and you trust Me to guide your every decision.”

  1. My desire is that you would be set apart for ME”!
    1. Matthew 1:23 – Immanuel. “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
    2. PRINCIPLE #1 – God doesn’t fit in to get in.
      1. God came down from all of heaven in the ultimate expression of love.
      2. God experienced all there is to be human –
        1. conceived in the womb of a mother;
        2. 9 months gestation;
        3. born through delivery into the world;
        4. grew as a child;
        5. raised by his parents to be an adult;
        6. anointed by God the Holy Spirit to minister to humanity;
        7. suffered torture, crucifixion, and death to pay the penalty for my sins and yours.
        8. God doesn’t fit in to get in.
        9. God went all the way just to have you and me to Himself in a relationship so intimate that we trust God to guide us in our daily decisions.
      3. Because God went all the way, God wants you set apart for God’s plan, God’s purposes, and God’s will.
      4. SET APART FOR GOD! (GIVE GOD PRAISE!)
  1. To be set apart for God, one must set aside time with God!
    1. Luke 10: 38-42 – As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
      41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
    2. PRINCIPLE #2 – “To be a person of faith (SET APART FOR GOD), you must set your schedule around time with God in HIS Word. DO not TRY TO fit time with God into your busy schedule!” (Gloria Copeland)
    3. Jesus sets up a point of tension in His response to Martha.

      1. When Jesus says you are worried(E) and upset about many things, but a few things are needed”, He appears to be speaking of the meal preparation Martha is so vigorously engaged in.

        1. Martha, you’re taking on a whole lot.

        2. You only need to take on a few things.”

      2. Then Jesus says, “…or indeed only one. Mary has chosen the better thing…”

    4. What is Jesus talking about?

      1. He and His disciples were hungry.

      2. He didn’t mean don’t prepare the meal!

      3. He didn’t mean that Martha was to do only one thing and stop?

    5. What is Jesus saying to us in His words?

      1. Jesus’ words suggest that we make ourselves aware of times when we over extend ourselves,

        1. attempting to accomplish too many things,

        2. juggling too many priorities,

        3. taking on too commitments,

        4. handling too many tasks.

      2. Jesus then asserts that one thing takes priority over all others – time in His Presence, sitting at His feet!

  2. “…Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet…”

    1. Lord Jesus, what does it mean to sit at your feet?

    2. There was another who sat at the feet of Jesus, the demon possessed man from the Gerasense.

      1. Luke 8: 26-35 – 26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes…  27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town… 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me,(X) Jesus, Son of the Most High God?… 29 For Jesus…commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man… 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake(AA) and was drowned.

      2. 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet,(AB) dressed and in his right mind…

      3. What does it mean to sit at His feet? It means to WORSHIP HIM!

        1. Even the demon possessed man knew who Jesus was and threw himself down at Jesus’ feet.

        2. He went down acting crazy but he got up totally sane.

        3. He went down begging Jesus not to send him to hell, but got up begging to stay with Jesus.

        4. He went down full of demons, but he got up full of the Holy Ghost.

        5. If you’ll set aside time in the morning to worship Jesus,

          1. He’ll clear your fears and wipe away your tears.

          2. He’ll heal your mind and give you peace.

          3. He’ll cleanse your temple and give you joy in the Holy Spirit, who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all you can ask or imagine.

YOU’LL BE SET APART FOR GOD!

THAT’S WHAT ADVENT IS ABOUT. IT’S ABOUT BEING SET APART FOR GOD! (GIVE GOD PRAISE!)

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

I AM NOT A SOUL

I AM A SPIRIT

I AM NOT A BODY

I AM A SPIRIT

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

Five-fold Mission of the Church

  1. MAGNIFY – We express our love for God through praise and by obeying His Commands.

  2. MISSION – We seize every opportunity to demonstrate Christ by witnessing to others by word and deed.

  3. MEMBERSHIP – We encourage all to belong to God’s eternal family through fellowship with Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

  4. MATURITY – We study to grow more Christ-like in our thoughts, words, and deeds.

  5. MINISTRY – We demonstrate God’s love by meeting the needs and healing the hurts of others.

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