Twas The Night Before Christmas… {Sherry’s Sermon Notes Series}

Twas The Night Before Christmas

I can’t believe that there’s only six days until The Night Before Christmas!!!

I hope that didn’t make you panic 🙂  Remember, it’s not about the presents!

It’s been an amazing journey this year and I’m so thankful for all the connections I’ve had with you! Hearing how God is using the blog to speak into your life, encourage and refresh you has been incredible to hear. I hope you keep commenting on the blog, social media or emailing me!

Next Monday is Christmas and I’m preparing a special video for you.  I know you might not have time to view it then, but I hope you do sometime during the next week. For now, here’s the last post in my Sherry’s Sermon Notes Series.  

lakepoint logoThis week’s notes were from today’s sermon by Pastor Michael Bessette from my church, Lakepoint Family Church in little ole Leamington, Ontario.  Friends and I were talking after church about how crazy blessed we are to have such amazing pastors at our church.
You would never know from our building, to our programs, from the music to the preaching that you were in a small town.  Lakepoint is really high-tech, top-notch, growing church and yet has the most welcoming of atmospheres.  Just last week Geoff Moore; Recording Artist said how he’s travelled to thousands of churches in his long career and appreciated how welcoming our church was.  This Sunday’s preaching by Pastor Michael was such an awesome message that I’m glad I get to share with you!  So, here it goes…

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS… {Sherry’s Sermon Notes Series}

Christmas playThis Sunday’s service is always one of my favorite Sundays in the year; the Children’s Sunday School Concert.  I don’t even have kids in the program and I love it because they’re just too cute!  

After the play, Pastor Michael had us all laughing by telling a funny little story about trying not to catch a ‘man-cold’ from his son Levi.  When he switched from sharing this cute, but disgustingly gross story about his son’s cold to sharing how his father has battled MS for over a decade, Michael made the segway into his sermon with this statement:

“Unfortunately sickness & suffering is a reality of this world.”

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS…

Michael connected us to the people in the Christmas story by comparing what the people were feeling in three different cities on the night before that first Christmas to how closely we experience the same today.  He shared how so many people allowed these feelings or mindsets caused them to miss seeing that their saviour, the messiah had come so we wouldn’t miss His return.

“Much like they were waiting for a Messiah 2000 years ago…
Once again we are waiting for Jesus to come.
We celebrate His birth this Christmas,
but we’re also anticipating His return.”

I’m going to give you the briefest review of his points that will help you see how alike you are to the people who were around when Jesus was born.

Sermon Notes

  1. Twas the night before ChristmasIn Rome…The People Were:

Self-Sufficient & Self-Consumed.  

Rome had everything; a strong leadership with Caesar Augustus, strong economy so they could take care of their own needs.  People lived to fulfill their selfish desires in every area.  Rome ruled the world so they weren’t aware of the coming saviour.

People in Rome missed Jesus because they weren’t looking for Him.

Luke 2:1-7

“The Romans missed when Jesus showed up
on that first Christmas night… 
it’d be a real shame
if we settle for living our lives
unaware of his return.”

2.  Twas the night before Christmas In Jerusalem…The People Were:

Hopeless

The Jewish people had been waiting so long for God’s promised Messiah that they gave up hoping any more.

People in Jerusalem missed Jesus because they gave up looking for Him.

“We may lose faith, but He is always faithful. I don’t know how much longer it’s going to be that you have to walk through what you’re walking through… I don’t know how much longer it’ll be until His final return… but I do know our rescuer is on the way. The date is circled on God’s calendar. We may not know when it will be, but He does. Jesus came, and Jesus will come again.”

BUT…at least two people In Jerusalem didn’t give up hope! Because Simeon and Anna kept believing, they saw the fulfillment of the promise in the Messiah’s birth.  Simeon and Anna didn’t miss Jesus.

You can read more about Anna’s Story: HERE

Luke 2:25-38

3.  Twas the night before Christmas…In Bethlehem…The People Were:

Preoccupied

People were scrambling around to clean their homes and prepare them for visiting relatives or travelling to their hometowns.

People in Bethlehem missed Jesus because they were too busy.

Only the Shepherds had enough margin in their schedule to hear from God and followed to find the Christ-child that first Christmas night.  These men who took the time to gaze up into the stars didn’t miss Jesus.

Luke 2:8-18

“I wonder how many of us have become so busy with unimportant things,
that we’re in danger of missing the essential thing?”

~Pastor Michael Bessette

“The harder it is for you to slow down and make time to encounter Jesus,
the more desperately you need to do just that.”
~Pastor Kyle Idleman

“The first time Jesus came, a bunch of people missed it because they had given up hope, were unaware or simply too busy to notice.

Don’t let that be the case for you when he comes again.

And when he does return, it will be different. Because the first time He came, He came in weakness; when He comes again, He will come in strength. The first time He came, He came as a servant; when He comes again, He will come as a ruler. The first time He came, He came as a baby in a manger; when He comes again, He will come as a mighty king. The first time He came, Jesus came to die; but when He comes again, the dead will rise back to life. The first time Jesus came, He came as a lamb; when He comes again He’ll come as a lion. The first time Jesus came, the world barely noticed; but when He comes again — every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.”

~Pastor Michael Bessette

It’s my prayer that you take time this Christmas season to be aware of God’s presence…place your hope confidently in God’s promises and Christ’s return…slowing down your pace enough, so your heart can hear His voice.

PRAYER

Father…I thank-you for this reminder to open my eyes so I can see Jesus.  I don’t want to live independent of you Jesus; thinking I can take care of myself.  I know I need you!  Let my heart be filled with hope and long for You, my soon coming King!  In Jesus Name…Amen.

Drawing From The Well

 

  1. Luke 2:1-7
  2. Luke 2:8-18
  3. Luke 2:25-38

 

pastor michael
Watch: A Kids Christmas – Dec 17 2017
– Michael Bessette
{Sermon Starts at 35:26}

 

 

Comments(4)

  1. Michele Morin says

    This is really good stuff, Sherry.
    Our pastor spoke from Mary’s song last week, and it was like hearing it for the first time. I took lots of notes and hope I remember to go back to them next year when I’m preparing once again for His birthday.
    Blessings to you as you celebrate with family and friends!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Michele,
      It really is! Pastor Michael is young but oh so wise! I’m an avid Sermon Note Taker 🙂
      Praying you and your family have an incredibly wonderful Christmas and a stupendous New Year!!!
      Much love,
      ~Sherry Stahl
      xoxo

  2. Stephanie ReadsWell says

    I feel inspired when I listen to Mary’s songs. It’s 23rd, and we are just two away from the Christmas. I want to take this opportunity to wish you and everyone a blessed Christmas.
    -Stephanie

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Merry Christmas Stephanie!
      ~Sherry Stahl
      xoxo

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