Friday First - Savior, Messiah, and Lord

Last summer all watched in horror as our nation’s military pulled out of Afghanistan. The most important story from that is not about politics … its about people who desperately needed to get out of their country. They knew what was coming if they remained there. Sheer desperation led some of them to climb up on the wings of a C-17 … thinking they could just hold on until the plane landed somewhere … anywhere … but Afghanistan. To them, there was absolutely no hope left for them in their home country. They had to do something. There was no alternative.

What about our condition before we came to Christ? Do you remember the feeling of what it was like to be desperate for Christ? Maybe you are like many other Christians … the realization was so powerful that you called someone and were baptized in the middle of the night. The bottom line … we had zero hope until we responded to the gospel call. We had to do something. Staying in the condition we were was not an option. Where would you be without His delivering power?

By providing you with salvation, Jesus has filled your heart with hope. Last week we went all the way back to the beginning of Luke 2 which details the birth of Christ. This was the monumental moment in history. The word became flesh and dwelt among us, John 1.14. At His birth, angels appeared to shepherds in the middle of the night and proclaimed in verse 11: today, in the city of David, a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

Here, in 12 simple words we learn about how our hope is rooted in. Do you see the three names for Jesus here? He is our Savior, Messiah, and Lord.
On Sunday we will take an in-depth look at Luke 2.10-11. We’ll learn about:
  • Jesus is our Savior
  • Jesus is our Messiah
  • Jesus is our Lord

As you prepare for worship on Sunday, please give consideration to these questions:
  1. How does the God of the Old Testament differ from some of the manmade gods of that time?
  2. What was God constantly doing during the Old Testament as He worked with His people, Israel? How consistent was His forgiveness? Who took the initiative?
  3. Why is it important that we see Jesus as our Savior? What does that mean?
  4. What does the term Messiah mean?
  5. How can you better regard Jesus as your Lord and King?

Those Serving

OPENING / WELCOME
Kody Pritt

SONG LEADER
Jim Grushon

PRAYER OF PRAISE
James Johnson

LORD'S SUPPER
Jason Schofield

SCRIPTURE READING
Roy Pyle
Luke 2.10-11

PREACHING
Matthew Allen

CLOSING COMMENTS & PRAYER
Rich Walker

WELCOME CENTER
Rich Jacobs / Sadonna Schofield / Pat Reeder

USHERS
Dan Spargo / Bob Hoopes

CLOSING THE BUILDING
Dru McLaughlin

Matthew Allen

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