This needs to happen in every mall in America during every Christmas season…in my humble opinion.
“SO WHAT if Jesus was Born?” (Part 1): https://youthgrouptruth.com/2012/11/15/so-what-if-jesus-was-born/
Its so easy to think, “Jesus was born. I believe that.” as a Christian, but not know what to do with it. Christmas is not only a great time of celebration for Christians, but also for the whole world. It seems like the entire world is buying and swapping presents while pretty much ignorant of the real reason as to why we observe the unique holiday. We can be very quick to point our fingers at the world and blame them for their ignorance, but I believe that we Christians are more guilty. While we may not be ignorant of the reason, we are ignorant of the application of Christmas. Celebrating Christmas can bring glory to Jesus (and there are ways that take glory from Jesus), but there are some solid ways spelled out in Scripture about how Christmas should change our lives, worship, and gospel obedience.
Let’s look at the Wise Men. Read Matthew 2:1-2, “1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
Now listen, this blog article is not to wow you with the history of these magi. Instead, it’s meant to challenge all of us (including myself) on how to respond to the birth of Jesus like the magi. For those of you like myself, I need a good reminder on how to apply, respond, and worship during the Christmas holiday. My Savior stepped out of heaven and became a human for me! So, I want to respond in worship to Him. So how do we? Watch what the Wise Men do! Because Jesus was born, they didn’t have a “So what” attitude, but they…PURSUED Him! In fact, they went to great lengths to do so. They left their comfortable lives, they went to where He was, they asked other people about Him, and they went to worship Him. Then they allowed God’s creation to point them to Him, they rejoiced with exciting joy, they experienced Him personally for themselves, they reverently worshiped Him, and they gave Him expensive gifts.
So what are some ways we can apply, respond, worship, and experience real-life change for Jesus this Christmas?
1. Leave your comforts. Leaving your own personal comfort may mean leaving your office, recliner, couch, kitchen, bed, home, or even country. The point is, leave your comforts to worship Jesus by serving others, fellowshiping with others, or telling others about Him. Continue reading
O Holy Night is by far the most legit, theological Christmas song ever…in my humble opinion. Mix that together with the worst version of all time and quite possibly the best lip sync of all time. Well…watch if you dare!
Youth pastors, looking for a great Christmas sermon or series of sermons for this busy holiday season? Feel free to look through these and rip us off. We just want to be a blessing and give what God has given to us! So here you go. Consider it an early Christmas gift from CBSM!
Following Jesus: In His Birth (Matt 1-2, Luke 1-2)
The Virgin Birth: Was Mary Naughty or Nice? (Matthew 1:18-25)
Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up? (Isaiah 9 and Revelation 19)
So what if Jesus was born?
WORD: How bout some Hypostatic Union? (Ezra 7-10)
How To Have Your Best Christmas Yet (2 Thessalonians 1:3-8)
You can also check out CBSM’s Top 5 Christmas Sermons/Studies at https://youthgrouptruth.com/2012/11/17/cbsms-top-5-christmas-sermons-and-studies/
I think its so easy for Christians to think, “Jesus was born? I got that. Jesus as God became man. I accept that. Jesus was born of a virgin? Sure, no problem. Jesus took on humanity. I believe that, too!” So what?! What difference does it make? How can I live that out with my life? I want these next few blog posts to explore how 5 different biblical characters responded in their lives to Jesus being born.
Let’s first take a look at Joseph. Matthew 1:18-25, “18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.”
Wouldn’t you love to know what Joseph was thinking? Remember, these teenagers (Joesph and Mary) didn’t have the Christmas story to read. It was all new for them. Here’s a little of how I like the think the conversation may have went. Mary: Joseph, we’re going to have a baby! Joseph: Who in the world is we?! We have never done anything close to conceive a baby! Mary, just be honest with me. What happened? Mary: Well, an angel visited me last night, and… Joseph: Wait! An angel? Just because you think he’s all “angelic” doesn’t make it okay! Mary: Joseph, God made me pregnant. Joesph: Mary, that’s just too far. You can’t just say “God made me do it.” Continue reading
CBSM Christmas Partay
In the Capshaw Baptist Gym (FLC)
This Wednesday, December 14th
6:30pm – 9:00pm
For all Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers
(6th – 8th and 9th – 12th)
Guys, bring a salty snack for the partay.
Girls, bring a delicious dessert for the partay.
All, bring a present for our Salvation Army Angels
Click here for gift instructions: https://youthgrouptruth.com/2011/12/05/cbsm-christmas-mission-salvation-army-angel-tree/
All of your friends are welcome to join us. Invite and bring them! Continue reading
Our CBSM Praise Band and Singers “Got Elfed”! Jackson, Lawson, David, Keith, Michael, Mary Beth, Courtney, and Amanda, thank yall so much for all your hard work this year to give us an amazing worship experience of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
CBSM! Christmas is all about God giving us His Son. Jesus giving us His life. Us believing the gospel. And us giving back to others because of these awesome truths! Christmas is NOT about getting, but it is all about giving. So here’s what we got…
1. Each of our small groups have been assigned a “Salvation Army Angel” each.
2. Salvation Army Angels are kids in our area that are in desperate need.
3. We want you to buy a $5 or more gift for your angel.
4. Follow the instructions we give you very closely on what to do and not to do.
5. Work as a small group to get them the best gifts possible.
6. Bring those gifts to our CBSM Christmas Partay on Wed, Dec. 14.
7. Write your angels a card of encouragement that you’re praying for them.
8. In your card, share with them your salvation testimony and the full gospel.
9. In your card, invite them to come to Capshaw anytime.
10. Be praying for your angel on a regular basis.