God’s Christmas Gift to You

(Upcoming Sermon Outline for Sunday, Dec. 23rd. Advent sermon #3)
Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Main Idea: Christmas reminds us that Christ came to reconcile all things.

Key Ideas:

1. Christ reconciles you (the believer). (2 Cor. 5:17)

To “reconcile” means to rejoin those who were once divided in conflict. So who are you reconciled or rejoined to? Christ reconciles you to God.

When sin entered God’s perfect world, the relationship mankind had with God was broken. Because God is holy, He could not be in relationship with sinful man. Sin brought death. Sin brought conflict and separation between God and man.

But when you repent – or turn – from your sins and trust in Christ, the “old you” has passed away, and the “new you” has come. You are a new creation in Christ – rejoined to God because you are covered in Christ.

2. Christ reconciles us (the Church). (2 Cor. 5:18)

Sin caused division, not just between God and man, but in all of creation as well. We were separated from right relationship with God. But we were also separated from right relationship with one another. Hatred and strife and struggle between people became part of our existence. Sin causes men to rise up against each other. The very first family on earth lost a child to murder.

Christmas reminds us that we are not alone. In Christ, our hearts are united together, as one family of God in Christ. We no longer live for ourselves, for our own pleasure and comfort, but now we live to worship God and serve one another. We live to grow in relationship with one another as those who have received God’s grace.
(See also Romans 5:11; 9:25)

3. Christ gives us His message (the gospel). (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

In Christ, God has reconciled us – He has brought us near. And as those who have been forgiven and reconciled to God, we are also called to be mascots of that reconciliation to the world. We do this by living a life that points to Christ as the source of our joy and life and hope, and by loving each other in such a way that all will know we belong to Jesus.

We are reconciled to God, and we are called to help others be reconciled to God by sharing the good news of the gospel with all who will hear.

 

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