Christmas-December 1, 2019
This Christmas Eve we will gather at 11:00 PM to celebrate the birth of our Savior. This is a wonderful time of remembrance and celebration. Please begin making plans to be part of this special night of worship. Through the years this has become one of our favorite services. On this night we have the opportunity to bring our “Jesus offering” to the altar. Please come and bring your love offering to Jesus. This offering is used in its entirety to share the Good News and love of Jesus throughout the world. Our church leadership will be sharing specific details concerning this offering during the weeks of December.
Lesson: “The Indescribable Gift”
Scripture: II Corinthians 9:15
Introduction: Have you ever received a gift that was so wonderful it was literally indescribable? As you tried to express your excitement, appreciation, and gratitude, you said something like, “I just don’t have the words to adequately describe how I feel.” If that has ever happened to you, you know a little of how the Apostle Paul felt when he wrote II Corinthians 9:15 (please read this verse again.).
(v15a) This verse begins with something very much like a shout of “halleluiah praise.” Paul’s exclamation: “Thanks be to God…!” is not casual or lighthearted. These words are a declaration of praise and thanksgiving, expressing the most sincere pronouncement possible—Thanks be to God!
In these seemingly simple words, “Thanks be to God,” we see the fountain flowing with words of doxology, praise to God.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below,
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen (Ken)
Question: In the last few weeks what has God taught you concerning praise and thanksgiving?
Please finish the following statement. Praise is the result of …
(v15b) In the second portion of verse 15, we find the reason for the Apostle Paul’s great testimony of thanks-giving and praise: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” We should read this verse in connection with II Corinthians 8:9. Please read.
The indescribable gift of which Paul writes is the gift of God’s own Son. Please read John 3:16. Now carefully, slowly, and prayerfully read it again listening, hearing, and receiving each word. Worship Him as you read these wonderful words of life.
We cannot fully comprehend or appreciate the blessed fact that God gave. Think on the truth that God gave. Pray on and over the truth that God gave. Literally speak about the word of truth-God gave. Meditate on the truth that God gave. With the help of the Spirit, say the words—God gave.
If you want to delve into the depths of theological truth please give thought and consideration to the truth, “God gave!!!”
Prayerfully think on these two questions:
1. Why should God give?
2. Why would God, the Creator of the universe, give to us?
Please read the following passages: I John 5:11, Galatians 1:3-5, 2:20, and Titus 2:11-14.
Read John 1:12 and prayerfully testify in writing what it means to you personally that God gave.
(v15b) “His indescribable gift” Indescribable means “not able to describe, not able to fully explain, without words of description, beyond explanation.”
The indescribable is the one that the Apostle Paul describes as beyond words. This is the gift of God’s Son to the world. In this gift, God made a way of salvation for all of us (whosoever, the door was swung wide open!).
As we come to the close of today’s lesson, will you close your eyes and truly focus on God’s indescribable gift as together you lift your voices remembering “The Indescribable Gift!”
Ask God to allow you to have a pure and innocent heart of a child as you sing, “Away in a Manger.”
Away in a manger, No crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.