Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mundy's Quote for the Day



Mundy's Quote for the Day
Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy

May the Lord bless each of you this Christian Lord's Day and throughout the Christmas Day; Don't forget: Jesus is the reason for the season.

Invitation. Come to Jesus now because the next moment is not promise nor is the year 2015. Don't die and got to hell because of your friends downing you for coming to Christ Jesus to save your soul. If you want to be saved of all of your sins and start a new life in Christ Jesus, then repeat this prayer:

I come as humble as I know laden with sins of this world in my flesh.
I believe that God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross of Calvary as a sinless man.
He died and was resurrected, seen by His chosen ones, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father Jehovah.
I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior from within my heart in faith, and speaketh with my mouth that He is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and Savior of my soul.

If you prayed that prayer, believing in your heart, you are saved! Go now to a Bible believing church and give your hand to the preacher and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“Give Glory to God.” The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2014–2015, Sunday School Outline





December 21
Lesson 3
GIVE GLORY TO GOD

DEVOTIONAL READING: Psalm 19
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:1–20


LUKE 2:8–20

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
Graphic: Dorling Kindersley RF/Thinkstock

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.


KEY VERSE
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Luke 2:20




ACTS OF WORSHIP

Unit 1: In Awe of God
LESSONS 1–4


LESSON AIMS

After participating in this lesson, each learner will be able to:
1. Describe how God’s glory was revealed in the story of the Bethlehem shepherds.
2. Compare and contrast the reactions of first-century individuals and groups regarding the news of Christ’s birth with each other and with modern reactions.
3. Commit to sharing one’s own wonder at the birth of Christ with an unbeliever.



LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      Baby Portrait: Awesome and Lowly
      B.      Lesson Background
          I.      Exalted Announcement (LUKE 2:8–14)
      A.      Quiet Night (v. 8)
      B.      Blaze of Glory (vv. 9, 10)
      C.      Startling Information (vv. 11, 12)
      D.      Angelic Chorus (vv. 13, 14)
      No Aurora Borealis!
          II.      Submissive Response (LUKE 2:15–20)
      A.      Immediate Obedience (v. 15)
      B.      Amazing News (vv. 16–18)
      C.      Quiet Reflection (v. 19)
      A New Interpretive Grid
      D.      Joyful Celebration (v. 20)
Conclusion
      A.      Quite a Contrast!
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Thought to Remember


HOW TO SAY IT

aurora borealis
uh-roar-uh boar-ee-a-lus (a as in mad).
Bethlehem
Beth-lih-hem.
Caesar
See-zer.
Gabriel
Gay-bree-ul.
Hosea
Ho-zay-uh.
Isaiah
Eye-zay-uh.
Pax Romana (Latin)
Pahks Ro-mah-nah. (Latin)


Weatherly, Jon et al. “Give Glory to God.” The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2014–2015. Ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood. Vol. 62. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2014. 138–139. Print.

The International Sunday School Lesson

Lesson for

December 21, 2014

Give Glory to God

Luke 2:1-20

This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. It is published in the December 14 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com.
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By Sam E. Stone 
Of the four Gospel writers, Luke is the one who gave the historical details and setting of Jesus’ birth. With careful research and guided by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, he recorded the wonderful news of Christ’s birth and how those who first heard about it were encouraged to give glory to God.
Joseph and Mary had gone from Nazareth in Galilee down to Bethlehem of Judea, the town of David. Centuries before, the prophet Micah had predicted that the Messiah would be born there (Micah 5:2). God used the decree of a pagan ruler to bring about the fulfillment of this prophecy. When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, they were unable to find lodging at an inn (the normal place to stay). When Jesus was born, he was laid in a feeding trough used for animals.

Exalted AnnouncementLuke 2:8-14
In a field near Bethlehem, shepherds were watching over their sheep throughout the night. In this very region, King David himself had cared for sheep when he was a boy (1 Samuel 17:34). “While shepherds watched their flocks that night,” an angel appeared. The glory of the Lord shone around them. The Shekinah (bright cloud) glory symbolized the Lord’s presence (Exodus 24:16; Matthew 17:5). The shepherds’ reaction was like that of almost everyone who ever sees an angel—immediate and great fear.
Typically the first words spoken by an angel upon greeting people are, “Do not be afraid” (see Luke 1:13, Luke 1:30). The heavenly messengers brought good news, a term that comes from the root word from which we get “gospel.” God’s gift was intended for all the people in all of the world (John 3:16). The angels told the shepherds, “A savior has been born to you . . . the Messiah, the Lord.” This is the only place in the synoptic Gospels where Savior is used in reference to Jesus. Later Paul used the term frequently, since it would be more meaningful to Gentiles than Messiah, a Jewish term.
The angels then provided a sign to confirm their message to the shepherds. “You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” What a sign! Where else in Bethlehem could you see this? This was too great an announcement for just a few angels to make. Something this significant called for a great company—a large band of heavenly messengers (1 Kings 22:19). First they offered glory to God in the highest heaven (see also Psalm 148:1). Then they heralded the good news to humankind.
Jesus had been predicted to come as “the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). He brings peace between God and people, between people and each other, and between people and their consciences. Such peace is for all who accept God’s Son as Lord.

Submissive ResponseLuke 2:15-20
When the angels departed, the shepherds immediately said, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened.” They wanted to witness this event personally. Upon arrival at the manger, they found everything exactly as it had been described to them. When they had seen him, they spread the word . . . all who heard it were amazed.
The shepherds have been called “the first evangelists.” They told their good news to everyone they met. How could they not do so? Like the lepers in Samaria (2 Kings 7:9), they found such news too good to keep to themselves. People were impressed not only because of what was said but also because of who said it (compare Acts 4:13).
No doubt Dr. Luke interviewed Mary, Jesus’ mother, in preparing to write his Gospel (Luke 1:3). He simply declared, Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. So much to absorb! J. W. McGarvey contrasted Mary’s silence with the shepherds’ talkativeness, adding, “It is the duty of Christians both to ponder and to publish.”
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Such praise to God was certainly appropriate. All the words of the angels, like all the predictions of the prophets, had been fulfilled with Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. As the Christmas carol puts it, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”
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*Lesson based on International Sunday School Lesson, © 2009, by the Lesson Committee. Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©2011, unless otherwise indicated

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary





SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR B

             Old Testament       2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
             Gospel       Luke 1:47–55 (UMH 199)
             New Testament       Romans 16:25–27
             Gospel       Luke 1:26–38


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary





SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT
YEAR B

             Old Testament       2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
             Psalm       Psalm 89:1–5 (19–29)
             Epistle       Romans 16:25–27
             Gospel       Luke 1:26–38


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary.





SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR B

             Psalm       Psalm 132 or Psalm 132:8–14
             First Reading       2 Samuel 7:4, 8–16
             Second Reading       Romans 16:25–27
             Gospel       Luke 1:26–38


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings





SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014 | ADVENT
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
YEAR B

             Old Testament       2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
             Psalm       Luke 1:46b–55 or Psalm 89:1–4, 19–26
             New Testament       Romans 16:25–27
             Gospel       Luke 1:26–38


Consultation on Common Texts. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2011. Print.