Talk Purpose

Students will leave this talk with a deeper understanding of what it meant for Christ to “come to us” in our world and how our faith is shaped by pursuing him in the same way that he pursued us.

Problem: The birth of Christ and what Jesus did when he came to “our world” is seldom fully understood. What makes things harder for us as believers is that we struggle so much with what God calls us to in this supernatural exchange.

Point: Even though the wrath of God was on us and our sin separated us from him, he sent his Son to put everything on the line in order to be with us. In exchange God gives us forgiveness and calls us to come to Him. God is not egotistical he is loving when he says follow me. Since he is the ultimate expression of good and real love he would be a cruel God if he did not command us to “follow him” and  “die to our self.” To love him with everything we have and everything we’ve got means that we would put ourselves last and him first.

Possible Passages: Phillipians 2:1-11, Romans 6:15-23, Romans 8

Teaching Illustration: Bottle

Transition to Illustration: Students, everything God did leading up to the moment that Jesus came to this Earth was God saying, “I love you. Come back to me. Follow me. Repent. I love you.” This ocean of sin separated us from him. His world of righteousness and my world of mistakes could not ever be together. So for God’s ultimate declaration of love he sent Jesus. Jesus’ life and everything that he did, the way he spoke, what he taught, who he hung out with, and what he did was him leaving absolutely everything and willingly saying, “I will die for you and come to you in your world where you are at.” When I think of this video, I not only think of what God did for us, I think of what God should mean to us and what my love in return for him demands and quite honestly deserves.

Transition Out: As awkward as it sounds Jesus woos us with his love. This is why he told husbands to love their wives the way “Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.” He loves us with a love we don;t even understand. Our response is to love him. He is not out to shame us. If this hits you hard that might be conviction. It convicts me. Have I left everything the way God lofet everything for me? It’s not to make you feel unworthy it’s to show you that you are worthy. Let’s move toward Jesus. Let this good news affect you.

Note: If you don’t like the “deep” graphic you can use this one too.

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5 Responses to “BIRTH OF CHRIST TALK”

  1. Diana Spry December 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    I liked the video graphically, however, I can’t quite figure out how it expresses the thought of “I love you. Come back to me. Follow me. Repent. I love you.” I’m not very imaginative that way, but it was a very well made video.

  2. chadswanzy December 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    What it expresses is the depth of what love will go to. The message of the video is that I want to be with you so much so that I am willing to risk everything. I will leave my world behind for you and meet you where you are at.

  3. Nicodemus December 13, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    To me it illustrates more fully the huge and vast gap between God and Man because of the sin that separates us. On our own strength and efforts we can never come to God. There must be another way provided.

    The video leaves us hanging with the idea that the two can never come together, which leads perfectly into us communicating that a way has been provided through Jesus.

  4. noah December 13, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Thanks Chad. Awesome once again.

  5. chadswanzy December 13, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    awesome observations… keep them coming

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