During the last quarter of this year, much of the news has been about a growing movement in America and around the world--"The Occupy Movement." Crowds of assembled protestors have gathered to object to perceived corporate and government mismanagement. Two millennia ago, a heavenly movement was afoot to occupy the small Judean town of Bethlehem. Let's see why.
From the teaching series Jesus: Celebrating All That He Is
|Luke 2 (NKJV™)|
|1||And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.|
|2||This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.|
|3||So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.|
|4||Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,|
|5||to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.|
|6||So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.|
|7||And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.|
|8||Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.|
|9||And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.|
|10||Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.|
|11||"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.|
|12||"And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."|
|13||And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:|
|14||"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"|
|15||So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."|
|16||And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.|
|17||Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.|
|18||And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.|
|19||But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.|
|20||Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
Who We Are:
We pursue the God who is passionately pursuing a lost world; we do this with one another, through worship, by the Word, to the world.
What We Do:
We express our adoration of Jesus through dynamic worship and uncompromised obedience.
We explain the relevance of the Bible to empower and transform lives for service.
We extend hope to a hurting world by proclaiming the gospel and demonstrating Christ's love.
We Believe that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.
We Believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired, without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.
We Believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in Holiness, wisdom, power, and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
We Believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.
We Believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teaching, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth.
We Believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all that believe in Jesus Christ for ministry.
We Believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide.
We Believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We Believe that all people are sinners by nature and choice and, therefore, are under condemnation; that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
We Believe that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and empowers the believers for service, often subsequent to regeneration.
We Believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head, and all regenerated persons are members.
We Believe that Jesus committed two ordinances to the church: 1) Baptism and, 2) the Lord's Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion open to all believers.
We Believe also in the laying on of hands for baptism of the Holy Spirit, for ordination of pastors, elders, and deacons, and receiving from the Holy Spirit through the believer the gift of healing.
We Believe in the personal, visible return of Christ to the earth and the establishing of His Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.
We Believe in what is termed the Apostles Creed as embodying the fundamental facts of Christian faith.
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From the Series:
Jesus: Celebrating All That He Is
In this special series, Pastor Skip Heitzig offers a fresh look at the familiar story of Jesus' birth. As we consider Christmas from various vantage points, we receive a valuable reminder that He should be the center of not only our celebrations, but of our lives.