Teaching Notes: On Christmas

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are from a study about Christmas.

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One Judge: God on His Throne

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15

There is one Judge whose decisions matter in the universe. That Judge is God. The population of the world from the beginning of time is about to face their Maker and Judge. Some will greet their Creator with expressions of great love and adoration. Many others will not.

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 52)

Professing to be wise, they became fools,  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:22-25

In our last study, we learned that actions have results. People gave up God and glorified themselves and other created beings, so God gave people up. Up to what? We’ll start unpacking that as we take a closer look at the Apostle Paul’s words about the “wrath of God” that has been revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, “who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 40)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17.

As we shared in our last article, the Gospel of Christ is the “power of God to salvation” for all the families of the world: Jew and Greek (Gentile). The Holy Spirit called out Paul and Barnabas from their local church ministry in Antioch, Syria to take the “gospel of Christ” to Jews and Gentiles and establish new local churches in many nations of the world (Acts 13:1-4).

We move now to the next part of Paul’s powerful statement about the “power” of the Gospel of Christ.

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