Advent 2: Special Again! December 4, 2016
God’s goal: Reunite all people in holiness and truth.
God wants everyone to be saved and to know the whole truth.
Before the world was created, God had Christ choose us to live with him and to be his holy and innocent and loving people.
God’s Son saved us and His Holy Spirit purifies us—makes us holy.
God sent Christ Jesus to save us and to make us wise, acceptable, and holy. 1Corinthians 1:30
[Paul said God told him] “I want you to open their eyes, so that they will turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then their sins will be forgiven, and by faith in me they will become part of God’s holy people.” Acts 26:18
God the Father decided to choose you as his people, and his Spirit has made you holy. You have obeyed Jesus Christ and are sprinkled with his blood. I pray that God will be kind to you and will keep on giving you peace!” 1Peter 1:1
Our part: We live as God’s holy and obedient people, so we can make disciples of all nations and worship God together!
You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy. Ephesians 4:24
God wants you to be holy, so don’t be immoral in matters of sex. 1Thessalonians 4:3
God corrects us for our own good, because he wants us to be holy, as he is. Hebrews 12:10
Now you are living stones that are being used to build a spiritual house. You are also a group of holy priests, and with the help of Jesus Christ you will offer sacrifices that please God…you are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Now you must tell all the wonderful things that he has done. 1Peter 2:5,9
[Jesus said] “Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples.” Matthew 28:20
Matthew 3 1Years later, John the Baptist started preaching in the desert of Judea. 2 He said, “Turn back to God! The kingdom of heaven will soon be here.”
3 John was the one the prophet Isaiah was talking about, when he said, “In the desert someone is shouting, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord! Make a straight path for him.’”
5 From Jerusalem and all Judea and from the Jordan River Valley crowds of people went to John. 6 They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptized them in the river.
7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees also came to be baptized. But John said to them: “You bunch of snakes! Who warned you to run from the coming judgment? 8 Do something to show that you have really given up your sins. 9 And don’t start telling yourselves that you belong to Abraham’s family. I tell you that God can turn these stones into children for Abraham. 10 An ax is ready to cut the trees down at their roots. Any tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into a fire.
11 “I baptize you with water so that you will give up your sins. But someone more powerful is going to come, and I am not good enough even to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His threshing fork is in his hand, and he is ready to separate the wheat from the husks. He will store the wheat in a barn and burn the husks in a fire that never goes out.”
Romans 15 4 And the Scriptures were written to teach and encourage us by giving us hope. 5 God is the one who makes us patient and cheerful. I pray that he will help you live at peace with each other, as you follow Christ. 6 Then all of you together will praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Honor God by accepting each other, as Christ has accepted you. 8 I tell you that Christ came as a servant of the Jews to show that God has kept the promises he made to their famous ancestors. Christ also came, 9 so that the Gentiles would praise God for being kind to them.
It is just as the Scriptures say, “I will tell the nations about you, and I will sing praises to your name.” 10 The Scriptures also say to the Gentiles, “Come and celebrate with God’s people.” 11 And, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles. All you nations, come and worship him.” 12 Isaiah says, “Someone from David’s family will come to power. He will rule the nations, and they will put their hope in him.”
13 I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.
Isaiah 11 1 Like a branch that sprouts from a stump, someone from David’s family will someday be king.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will be with him to give him understanding, wisdom, and insight.
He will be powerful, and he will know and honor the LORD.
3 His greatest joy will be to obey the LORD.
This king won’t judge by appearances or listen to rumors.
4 The poor and the needy will be treated with fairness and with justice.
His word will be law everywhere in the land, and criminals will be put to death.
5 Honesty and fairness will be his royal robes.
6 Leopards will lie down with young goats, and wolves will rest with lambs.
Calves and lions will eat together and be cared for by little children.
7 Cows and bears will share the same pasture; their young will rest side by side.
Lions and oxen will both eat straw.
8 Little children will play near snake holes.
They will stick their hands into dens of poisonous snakes and never be hurt.
9 Nothing harmful will take place on the LORD’s holy mountain.
Just as water fills the sea, the land will be filled with people who know and honor the LORD.
10 The time is coming when one of David’s descendants will be the signal for the people of all nations to come together. They will follow his advice, and his own nation will become famous.