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Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Isaiah 52:7 Good Tidings

Gospel is a word derived from an Anglo-Saxon word, godspell, which means “the story concerning God.” Especially the story of God's salvation.

In the New Testament that word that is behind our English gospel or between that is the equivalent of the word gospel very often in the New Testament, good news, is the Greek work uangelion, from which we get, ...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Father, again, we come into Your presence. This is Your word You caused it to be written. Come Holy Spirit and illuminate these words to us. They speak so tenderly and deeply of Christ and it is Him who we would see. We would indeed see none but Jesus only. We ask it in Jesus’ name, amen.

This is God's word:

I gave...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Isaiah 35:5-6; 40:11 Opening the Eyes of the Blind Dr. Derek Thomas

Now last week we began a series of sermons based on the text, or in this case some of the texts, of George F. Handel's Messiah. And we've been concentrating primarily upon the Isaiahnic texts, the texts of the prophecy of Isaiah, and we heard a rendition so beautifully given to us this evening, from Isaiah...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Isaiah 9:6 A Child Is Born

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Isaiah 9:6. This morning we began a series on “Getting a Handel on Christmas”–thanks to Derek Thomas for that title–by looking at a promise and prophecy from Isaiah 7:14. And we commented that this part of the Christmas story begins with an invasion, an attempt to conquer Judah, the...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Isaiah 7:14 A Virgin With Child

Please turn with me in your Bibles to Isaiah chapter 7 Over the next four weeks, on each of the Lord's Days in December, and on one of the Wednesday evenings, Derek and I are going to be working through these texts of the various recitatives and choruses of Handel's Messiah, exploring this testimony to the person and work of Jesus...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Zechariah 9:9-10 Rejoice Greatly

If you have your Bibles, please turn with me to Zechariah chapter nine. This is our first in a series of studies in Getting a Handel on Christmas As you look at these words, let me read you again the words that were sung earlier this evening. The libretto that was prepared for Handel's Messiah by his friend, Charles Jennens of Leicestershire, was based...

Christmas Series: Getting a Handel on Christmas

Isaiah 40:1-5 Comfort Ye My People Dr. Derek Thomas

Turn with me now to the text that we've just heard sung so beautifully from Isaiah chapter 40 and verses 1 through 5. Before we read the passage together, let's look to God and ask for His blessing. Let's pray.

Our Father in heaven, this is Your word; You caused it to be written. We thank You for the...

The Greatest Story Ever Told

We have been looking at the story of the birth of Jesus, especially as we find it in the gospel of Luke, and we come today to the familiar passage of the shepherds on the hillside of Bethlehem.  Now, you may just be at the point this morning of saying, “Enough of Christmas, already, it’s time to move on.”  But this is about our Savior, and we can...

The Greatest Story Ever Told

If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke chapter 2. We're continuing our study in four passages in the gospel of Luke, telling the story of the greatest story ever told.

Today we are in Luke chapter two in the first seven verses. Let's remember as we're here that Luke is telling this story to a friend. He...

The Greatest Story Ever Told

If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Luke, chapter 1, the 46th verse. We're working through this greatest story ever told this month, the stories immediately prior to and about the birth of Jesus Christ recorded in Luke chapters 1 and 2, and there are four particular passages that we're looking at. Derek has already introduced us to the passage in...

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Turn with me now to the gospel of Luke, chapter 1, and we'll pick up the reading at verse 26. Hear now the word of God.

‘Now in the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary...

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