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Responding to questions
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Isaiah 55:11 The Way so also is my Word. I send it out and its always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to, and prosper everywhere I send it.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Way The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right.
It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.
2 Peter 1:19-21 The Way So we have seen and proved that what the prophets said came true. You will do well to pay attention to everything they have written, for, like lights shining into dark corners, their words help us to understand many things that otherwise would be dark and difficult. But when you consider the wonderful truth of the prophets’ words, then the light will dawn in your souls and Christ the Morning Star will shine in your hearts.
For no prophesy recorded in Scripture was ever thought up by the prophet himself.
It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God.
How to hear and understand the Gospel
Job 38:1-3 The Way THEN THE LORD answered Job from the whirlwind;
“Why are you using your ignorance to deny my providence?
Now get ready to fight, for I am going to demand some answers from you, and you must reply.
Job 40:6-7 The Way Then the Lord spoke to Job again from the whirlwind;
“Stand up like a man and brace yourself for battle. Let me ask you a question and give me the answer.
Job 42:4-7 The Way [You said,] ‘Listen and I will speak! Let me put the questions to you! See if you can answer them!’
“[But now I say,] ‘I had heard about you before, but now I have seen you,
and I loathe myself and repent in dust and ashes.'”
After the Lord had finished speaking with Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and with your two friends, for you have not been right in what you have said about me, as my servant Job was.
Romans 10:14-17 The Way But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends him? That is what the Scriptures are talking about when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace with God and bring glad tidings of good things.”
In other words, how welcome are those who come preaching God’s Good News!
But not everyone who hears the Good News has welcomed it, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed me when I told them?”
Yet faith comes from listening to this Good News–the Good News about Christ.
Acts 26:17-18 The Way And I will protect you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am going to send you to the Gentiles
to open their eyes to their true condition so that thy may repent and live in the light of God instead of Satan’s darkness, so that they may receive forgiveness for their sins and God’s inheritance along with all people everywhere whose sins are cleansed away, who are set apart by faith in me.’
Romans 15:4-7 THE WAY These things that were written in the Scriptures so long ago are to teach us patience and to encourages us, so that we will look forward expectantly to the time when God will conquer sin and death.
May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other–each with the attitude of Christ toward the other.
And then all of us can praise the Lord together with one voice, giving glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.
Here is Today’s message
Luke 2:1-7 ABOUT THIS TIME Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation.
(This census was taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for this registration.
And because Joseph was a member of the royal line, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, King David’s ancient home–journeying there from the Galilean village of Nazareth.
He took with him Mary, his fiancee, who was obviously pregnant by this time.
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born;
and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.
Luke 2:21 Eight days later, at the baby’s circumcision ceremony, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was even conceived.
Luke 2:39-40 When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the Law of God they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee.
There the child became a strong, robust lad, and was known for wisdom beyond his years; and God poured out his blessings on him.
Luke 2:41-42 When Jesus was twelve years old he accompanied his parents to Jerusalem for the annual Passover Festival, which they attended each year.