Friday, December 11, 2015

'Tis the Season for Axes and Pitchforks - December 13th

Message notes for a sermon based on Luke 3:7-18
“Wait a minute—I thought it was Christmas time.  I thought it was the season of packages and presents, lights and ornaments, mistletoe and holly, carols and cards, candy canes and cookies, stockings and stars.  You know, the season of love, hope, peace and joy...and, of course, Jesus!  I don’t remember anything about axes or pitchforks at Christmas!!!  Does this guy want to start some kind of a revolution?  Has our pastor finally gone crazy?” 
You might be wondering about any and all of the thoughts mentioned above.  I assure you that I’m not crazy but I do want to start a revolution.  John the Baptist “exhorted the people and preached good news to them” and he used axes and pitchforks to do it.  Let me bring you good news of great joy as we see that ‘Tis the Season for Axes and Pitchforks!
Lesson 1: Zephaniah 3:14-17
Lesson 2:  Philippians 4:4-7
Gospel:  Luke 3:7-18

Friday, December 4, 2015