How to Give Your Life to God

  • Giving to God Like Mary: A Life of Consecration

    Date: Dec 1, 2013 | Passage: Luke 1:26-55

    This Christmas season is a time we remember one of the clearest portraits of what a life given, or consecrated to God, looks like. Mentioned only 20x in the Bible, Mary’s life is such a portrait of godliness, humility and yielded-ness. Mary stands in Scriptures as an example to all of us of devotion and faithfulness. Her strengths and struggles are all laid out in the Bible. Let’s briefly meet this incredible woman. As we read through Mary’s life, starting in Luke 1:26, we will find out how Mary loved the Lord and gave herself to Him from early in her life.

  • Giving to God Like the Shepherds: A Life Wrapped with Humility

    Date: Dec 8, 2013 | Passage: Luke 2:8-20

    Life for a shepherd in Century One was difficult at best. Cold nights, long days, distant family, and rare friends were part of the territory. Sheep stink and shepherds smell. Sheep wander and shepherds search. Life was never restful; work was never done. At the low end of Jewish society stood the shepherd. Away from the synagogue, absent from the Temple, and defiled by dead animals – they were outcasts to the Jerusalem crowd. Unable to even be a witness to special events they seemed almost outside of culture. But then everything changed. That starry night on the hills of Bethlehem left a group of shepherds forever changed.

  • Giving to God Like Simeon: A Life of Walking in the Spirit

    Date: Dec 15, 2013 | Passage: Luke 2:22-35

    Simeon is introduced to us by God in Luke 2:22-35, and if it wasn’t for that introduction, he would be like untold billions of others throughout human history that were only know by those closest to them during their lives; and who died without leaving a trace. Simeon was an Old Testament saint, who lived in hope waiting for the coming Christ by faith; and died in faith ready to go when ever God’s time came. Ready to go, what a way we all should live. Simeon sends a message from his life that extends far from the Christmas scenes, reaching all the way to the very end of each of our lives. Simeon was a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led servant; and his life is a model for each of us.

  • Giving To God Like Anna: A Life of Thanks

    Date: Dec 22, 2013 | Passage: Luke 2:36-38

    As we open to Luke 2:36, and are introduced to the life of Anna, I’d ask you to underline two words in your mind. First, in v. 36 “she was of great age”—underline in your mind OLD. Second, in v. 37 “a widow of about 84 years”—underline in your mind ALONE. There you go, in two words you could describe the woman we are going to meet this morning. Anna was OLD and ALONE. Yet from this account God gives to us, this old and alone woman was also vibrant, filled with joy, overflowing with God's Word and in love with the Lord.

  • Giving to God Like the Wisemen: A Life Wrapped with Worship

    Date: Dec 29, 2013 | Passage: Matthew 2:1-12

    The Wisemen are placed as the final event of the Christmas story. They are after the birth, after the Shepherds, after the 8th day name-giving at Christ's circumcision, after the Temple visit and dedication event with Simeon and Anna. They are last. It is fitting that God places them as the bookend, or the period to a very full paragraph in redemptive history. They reveal so much to us about what God treasures from our lives.