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The Doubt That Stole Christmas

December 12, 2021 Pastor: Bryan Glisson Series: The ______ that Stole Christmas

Scripture: Matthew 1:1–1:24, Luke 1:1–1:80

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Message Points 

THE DOUBT THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS
Matthew 1 & Luke 1

Introduction: The Christmas narrative is full of stories of doubt, and for good reason, because it is filled with one miracle after another. Yet the true miracles were those in which doubt became belief. (Definition of doubt: to call into question something that is true)

The Characters of Doubt
  Zacharias (Luke 1:11-18)
  Mary (Luke 1:26-34)
  Joseph (Matthew 1:18-19)

The Causes of Doubt
  Absence of Faith
  Lack of Information
  Difficult Circumstances
  Lack of Experience
  Skepticism  
  Discouragement
  Miracles—the supernatural

The Consequences of Doubt

  It Brings the Possibility of Judgment (Luke 1:19-20)
  It Disrupts God’s Purpose for the Doubter (Luke 1:21-22)
  It Steals Joy (Luke 1:59-64)
  It Hinders Peace (Luke 1:79)
  It Fears and Anticipates the Worst (Matthew 1:18-19)
  It Nullifies Prayers (James 1:2-8)
  It Opens Hearts to Temptation and then possibly Sin (Genesis 3:1-19)

The Conquering of Doubt
  Investigation—self-doubt or doubt others (Luke 1:18)
  
Examination—doubt to question to belief (Luke 1:34-38)
  
Obedience—decide to act on what is known (step of faith)(Matthew 1:20-25)

Application: Most of those involved in the Christmas narrative started with doubt that became belief. What doubts in your life need to become belief? What is your doubt costing you in this life and the life to come?

 

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Sunday, December 19th 6-8pm at the LeGrand Center

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Tuesday—12/14—6pm—Legacy Suite

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Shannon & Kim Chapman

Ronny & Joy Funderburke

Jim & Kim Frost

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Brooks & Morgan McGinnis

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Michael & Katherine Mellentine

Drew, Teresa, & John Franklin Meiers

Logan & Ali Rowe

Jessica Sears

Kerri Shifflett

Mark & Kristi VanBuren

Selah Werner

 

Baptism

December 26—9:30 & 11:00am 

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International Mission Offering

The Month of December

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2021 Goal:  $10,000

 

 

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