Is the World on Our Christmas Shopping List
I JOHN 5: 18-21

18 We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in {the power of} the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

INTRODUCTION:
A lady in our church put on a skit several years ago. She began making out her Christmas shopping list and then the phone rang. The call was from the pastor and they discussed plans for presenting the dollar amount goal for the Foreign Mission offering at Christmas. As the lady talked on the phone she doodled with her pen on her shopping list. When the phone call was over she noticed she had written the WORLD at the top of her list.

She said "how interesting that the world would be on the top of my list." Today I want to ask you "will the world be on your Christmas shopping list? I will today suggest several reasons it should be on your list.

The World Should Be on Our Christmas Shopping List:
 

1. Because of Our Wealth.

2. Because of What We Know.

3. Because of World . . Conditions.

4. Because Jesus Has Given Us Understanding.

5. Because We Are to Guard Ourselves from Idols.
 
 

I.    BECAUSE OF OUR WEALTH. 


A. WE ARE WEALTHY WITH. . CAPITOL.

            1. A weekly unemployment check in the United States is larger than a months earning in
                many countries.
 

B. WE ARE WEALTHY WITH . . CAPABILITIES.

        1. Share Knowledge of Agriculture etc.
 

ILLUSTRATION:
What if the Worlds population were reduced to 100 people?

100 people..................6 U.S. Citizens

100 Autos.................. 80 U.S. Citizens would own.

100 Phones ............. 90 U.S. Citizens would own.

100 Dollars.............. 56 U.S. Citizens would own.
 

APPLICATION:

We are Wealthy. We can give! We can serve. We will give in proportion to our concern.
 
 


II.    BECAUSE OF WHAT WE KNOW.


A. We know we have . . Eternal Life..

            1.    1 Jo 5:13
                        "in order that you may know that you HAVE ETERNAL LIFE"

            2. 1 JO 5:19 "We know that we are of God,

            3 1 JO 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come,
                        a. We know we are saved.

            4. 1 JO 5:14 "And this is the confidence which we have"

            5. 1 JO 5:15 "And if we know that He hears us"
                        a. We know we can pray and be heard.
 

B. We know we have . . Eternal Living.

            1. We do not have to serve sin.

1 JO 5:18 We know that no one who is born of God sins;
 

ILLUSTRATION:
Recently I heard Sam Donaldson interviewed. He has cancer and leads in getting more research done to find a cure. Suppose a cure is found and the researcher refuses to share. That's inhumane is it not? What about Christians who do not share their faith in Christ.
 

APPLICATION:

My conversation with Wayne Crull of the Missouri Baptist Children's home. Wayne's comments about the little boy Jurry, and the Duncan's being perhaps his only hope for a normal life and Eternal life. We applaud the Duncans for this additional way to share their faith.

A blessing awaits all of us as we share our faith in giving of Time, Talent, Treasure.
 
 

III.    BECAUSE OF WORLD . . CONDITIONS. v 19


                        ...."and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one."
 

A. World Conditions Related To . . Sexual Perversions.

                1. Pornography
                    a. Books, b. Film, c. Videos

                2. Perversion of every kind
                    a. Sexual abuse, heterosexual and homosexual
                    b. Rape.
                    c. Child abuse,
                    d. Divorce.
 

B. World Conditions Related to Booze.

            1. The social drink, stinks,

            2. The world is on a drunk
 

C. World Conditions Related To . . Drugs.

            1. Pot smoking,
                    a. Coke snorting, Lady on TV, "I would have done anything for a fix".
 

D. World Conditions Related To . .World Religions.

            1. Motivated in an attempt to destroy Christianity.

            2. State University Class of 40 What is Christmas?
                    a. No mention of Jesus by any student.
 

ILLUSTRATION:
"Are there any alligators in this river?" asked the man in the water. "No, not a single one," assured his friend who was standing near. The swimmer was still disturbed. Again he asked: "If there are no alligators, what are those gray forms I see? Are you sure there are no alligators?"

"Certainly," replied this newly made friend who was standing on the bank. "There are no alligators down there. Those gray forms you see are sharks that have chased the alligators away."
 

Application

There is the tendency for persons nowadays to think that modern technology, education, psychology, medicine, etc. can solve all of our problems. So often, though, all we do is swap alligators for sharks.
 
 

IV.    Because Jesus has given us Understanding. v 20



1JO 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Introduction

There is a difference in having knowledge and understanding.

A.    We understand the truth of . . Christmas matters.
 

B.    We Understand the truth of . . Celestial matters.

           1. We're at peace with eternal life.
 

ILLUSTRATION:
    Journal Magazine article adoptable child all I need is love.
 

Application

The spiritual understanding we have as God's people motivates us to share.
 
 

V.    Because We are to Guard Ourselves from Idols. v 21


                    21     Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

A. Some . . Make Christmas an idol.
            1. Our celebration may take the place of Jesus
                    a.    Cards--because somebody sent us one.
                    b.    Cards are Holiday Cards -- Not Christmas Cards.
                    c.    Could an Atheist send the cards you sent?

B. Some Make . . Santa an Idol.
        1.    Try to find a nativity scene.
        2.    Is it just coincidence the letters for, Santa & Satan are the same?

Illustration:
Have you seen the Nativity Scene at the East End of town. I think it is beautiful. Weather permitting I think it would be a beautiful sight for a Christmas Eve gathering. Our Town is decorating in a meaningful way we all should express our thanks.

Recently some have sued their city because the put up a Nativity scene. The court ruled in favor of the city. It really was not a victory for Christianity because they ruled Christmas celebrations were an American Tradition.
 

Application:

I believe we should do every thing we can to make Christmas a Christian Celebration.
 
 

CONCLUSION:

How Can the World Be On My Shopping List?
 

1. Give a large gift to Mission Causes this Christmas consider;

        a. One penny to each missionary .01 = $42,.00

        b. One dollar $1.00 x 135 countries = $135.00

        c. Largest amount for any item on your list.

        d. More for missions than all other moneys you spend

2. OUR CHURCH GOAL IS THE LARGEST WE HAVE HAD, BUT WITH SPECIAL ONE TIME GIFTS WE HAVE REACHED IT BEFORE, WE CAN REACH IT THIS YEAR.

        a. We must first give ourselves to the Lord.
 

The story of a little boy who did not have any money so he got into the Offering plate and gave himself.
 
 


 
 

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