For with God, nothing will be impossible
Christmas (Holy Nativity) is a little over two weeks away. This is a unique time for us to reflect on what it means to grow in God’s grace. It is too easy to get caught up in the decorating, feasting, shopping, and other preparations. But, I encourage all of us to set time aside to think about how mercy and redemption are not one time gifts that get broken or go out of style. No, these are lasting gifts that are everlasting and bring us into unity with God and each other.
Announcing the Birth of Perfection
(Introduction) A virgin birth, once impossible in the ancient world, can now be done through modern medical science
(Antithesis) What man continues to fail to do is to make perfect people
(Thesis) Spiritual perfection is a process that can only come from God
(Propositional Statement) If we surrender ourselves to the will of God, we will bear the fruit of mercy and redemption so that we may be perfect as He is perfect (Matthew 5:48 nkjv)
(Relevant Question) How can we bear this fruit that perfects us?
- Understand that our spiritual perfection is a process (ch. 1, 2)
- God values us, in particular as we seek to live according to his will and way (v. 27)
- God becomes alive inside of us (v. 35)
- Godliness can come from anyone at any time (v. 36)
A lesson to learn from the Annunciation is that God, not human creativity and ingenuity, brings mercy and redemption into the world. And that he uses the pure and humble to bear them for the spiritual perfection of mankind.