Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sermon Notes from Sunday, 12.23.12

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday, 12.23, the last Sunday of Advent.  To get these notes in PDF and the sermon audio, please visit  You can also find the audio via our podcast on iTunes.

Advent 2012
4th Sunday of Advent:  Love
Zechariah 12.10-13.1

Three gifts given by God

Gift #1:  God gives a new spirit
  • God is the primary actor here – He must accomplish this for them 
  • The people are in no position to help themselves
  • The people have no power to help themselves
  • The people have no proclivity to help themselves.

Gift #2:  God gives new eyes
  •  The fact:  they will look upon the Pierced One
  • The feeling:  they will mourn over their part

Gift #3:  God gives new standing
  • From the Pierced One comes a fountain
  • In it they are cleansed from their sin

And He has…
  • Given People a New Heart
  •  Given People New Eyes
  • Given People a New Standing

It started in Jerusalem and has been unstoppable since.

But WHY?
Romans 5.8:  because of His great love, even while we were still sinners Christ died.
o   Greater than the story of a dad who loved his daughter so much that he put on his police uniform and spent 7 hours with her is a God who put on skin and came to earth to give His life so we could spend forever with Him

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