Sermon "Love: The Unrivaled Present" by Randy Roberts
Part 3: The Presence and the Presents of Bethlehem’s Baby
Prayer: Darold Retzer
Pastoral Welcome: Bernard Taylor
Child Dedication: Jacob Murray, James David Hadley, Presley Jayne Chiakowsky - Randy Roberts
Children’s Feature: Dustin Aho
The love of God is like the Amazon River flowing down to water one daisy. – Author unknown
I am so washed in the tide of His measureless love that I seem to be below the surface of a sea and cannot touch or see or feel anything around me except its water. – Catherine of Genoa
Jesus did not come to make God’s love possible, but to make God’s love visible. – Author unknown
Christianity does not think of a man finally submitting to the power of God, it thinks of him as finally surrendering to the love of God. It is not that man’s will is crushed, but that man’s heart is broken. – William Barclay
Scripture Reading: John 3:16–17, 1 John 4:7–8, TNIV - Chris Duke,
Michael Kelly - 1st service
Gavin Machain - 2nd service
Children home from college. Shoppers making their lists. Christmas music playing at the
mall. Gifts appearing under the tree. A few extra pounds around our mid-sections. A crisp
chill in the air. It’s Christmastime!
At this time of the year, our thoughts turn to two distinct realities: the Baby of Bethlehem
and the giving of gifts. Our Christmas sermon series brings the two together and asks the
question, What presents does the presence of Bethlehem’s Baby offer us? We are focusing on four such presents. The last two weeks, we considered the presents of grace and
peace. Today we turn our thoughts toward the unrivaled present of love.
When we use the word love, we have to define what we mean by it. Often, the context or
the object of our love provides the definition. For example, consider how different is the
intent behind these statements: “I love my wife.” “I love warm weather.” “I love my dog.” “I
love to exercise.” “I love God.” Clearly, we need to define love!
Bethlehem’s manger defines love more poignantly and powerfully than any other single act.
What can we learn of love from the old, old story? What implications does it have for us
today? What does that love mean for us, this Christmas? Such is our focus today.
Below is what remains of our series.
The Presence and the Presents of Bethlehem’s Baby
December 17 Love: The Unrivaled Present
December 24 Joy: An Advent Allegory
May the all-surpassing love of God be yours this Christmas!
Note: Child dedications are baptisms are in the extas section of the DVD