All Christians are now in the season of preparation to celebrate the Holy Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God the Father made preparations for His Son to come into the world by putting John the Baptist ahead of him. Let us pay careful attention to what God has placed before us. Blessings, hope, joy, peace; these good things are what makes the greatness of the Savior come alive in us. Inattention to the spiritual forerunners leave us vulnerable to become a part of a mob that only seek self satisfaction. Careful attention to these gifts from God draw us closer to him.
WHEN A SAINT IS SILENCED
Luke 1:20 (1:5-80)
(introduction) We all hope that God will silence His enemies
(antithesis) Zacharias was not an enemy of God and was still made mute until the birth of his son John
(thesis) We should be very concerned that God doesn’t silence us as an enemy
(propositional statement) When we make the same errors with our faith as Zacharias, we are also unable to effectively share the good news of the Gospel with others, even when we have seen God’s glory and received his great promises
(relevant question) What are some mistakes we saints make that can lead God to silence us?
Offering practice without expectation (v. 9)
Speaking doubt without hope (v.18)
Forgetting that God is able (v. 18)
(conclusion) Even when a saint is silenced, he need not be separated (v. 63-80)