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December 18, 2016

Sermon: Gifts at Christmas: The Innkeeper

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Scripture Lesson

Micah 5:2-5; Luke 2:1-7

The Ruler from Bethlehem
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labour has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace. If the Assyrians come into our land and tread upon our soil, we will raise against them seven shepherds and eight installed as rulers.

The Birth of Jesus
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Gifts at Christmas: The Innkeeper
Micah 5:2-5; Luke 2:1-7

I. Introduction—Blondie
II. Series: Gifts at Christmas
III. Big from the small (Micah 5:2-5)
     A. The setting (around 722 BC)
     B. A king will come forth
         1. From Bethlehem (5:2)
         2. And will bring
             a. Security (5:4)
             b. Peace (5:5)
     C. For what do we long?
IV. If Assyria is big, then . . . (Luke 2:1-7)
     A. “The Emperor Augustus’ (2:1)
     B. Governor Quirinius (2:2)
     C. A census (repeated, 2:1-3)
     D. A baby is born
         1. In Bethlehem (2:4)
         2. In a stable (2:7)
V. What is the gift of the innkeeper (2:7)
VI. What can we give?: It’s never too small
VII. Conclusion: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”


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