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Good News For Everyone

December 12, 2021 • Brian Becker • Good News

Christmas is a reminder to us that in even the darkest of times, the reality of Jesus is GOOD News that Brings GREAT JOY. After the year(s) we’ve had, be it personally or globally it seems we have been receiving a slew of bad news. Sometimes we need to be reminded of the Good News that Jesus brings.

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Sermon Notes - December 12, 2021

Brian Becker
WCC Lead Pastor

Good News: A Cause for Great Joy

Luke 2:8-9 (NIV)
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Luke 2:10-11 (NIV)
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Terrified

“No news is good news.”

Luke 2:12-13 (NIV)
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying…

Luke 2:14 (NIV)
“Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests.”

Profession
Transgression

Micah 5:2 (MSG)
But you, Bethlehem, David’s country,
the runt of the litter-
From you will come the leader
who will shepherd-rule Israel.
He’ll be no upstart, no pretender.
His family tree is ancient and distinguished.

Grace: The unconditional acceptance given to an undeserving person by an unobligated giver. It’s one-way love.

Everybody is Welcome
Nobody is Perfect
Anything is Possible

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
For it is by grace. You have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.

John 1:12 (NIV)
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…

Receive grace for what you’ve done.
Receive grace for who you’ve become.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within:
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sins!
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?
Hymn by Julia H. Johnston (1910)