Unwrapping Christmas (Week 3): “Three Reasons for Christmas Rejoicing”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Matthew 2:13-23

Redemption Bible Church, led by Pastor Jason Mayhall, finishes its current series “Unwrapping Christmas,” examining the birth of Jesus Christ. We look at the book of Matthew, where Joseph is told to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt, helping them flee a dangerous and difficult situation, driven by King Herod. As we look at our own lives we should ask whether God is asking us to flee something… perhaps our temptations or a hopeless situation? Much like Joseph we must have faith that we can escape, as God promises us all deliverance and hope. God is there to help us through the trouble, the heartache, and the difficult times. But we must be listening and looking for God’s guidance, as Joseph was. We must be in a position to listen and be open to the removal of things in our lives that cause us to walk away from God.

Unwrapping Christmas (Week 2): “The Magi and the Messiah”

Cameron Sapaugh, Guest Speaker – Matthew 2:1-12

Redemption Bible Church continues its latest series entitled “Unwrapping Christmas” examining the birth of Jesus Christ. This week we are led by Cameron Sapaugh, who describes King Herod’s concerns about the birth of Christ, the travels of the Magi, and the religious scholars of the time. A key lesson is that, like the magi, we are invited to come and see Christ and worship Him. We should recognize that, at times, during the holidays things can be challenging as it is an emotional time of year. As we review these emotions, it’s important to reflect and remember that Christ wants to carry our burdens, to be our good shepherd. As we reflect on our past and where we want to go we should look at how our heart aligns with God’s heart. As we engage with people during the Christmas season, we should look for those who might be down or without hope as perhaps there’s an opportunity to help them find Christ. Christ continues to love and support us and this is a gift we should look to share with those around us.

Unwrapping Christmas (Week 1): “Our Mysterious and Majestic King”

David Northup, Elder/Teacher – Matthew 1:18-25

Redemption Bible Church is led by one of the elders, David Northup, in a new sermon series looking at the birth of Jesus Christ entitled “Unwrapping Christmas.” David asks us to look at how Joseph handled Mary’s pregnancy and what can we learn from this truly unique event. Everyone must handle unexpected, stressful events. How many of us would handle these with the grace of Joseph? We are asked to examine our own lives, to think about what issues are we dealing with today? Do you trust God with it? Do you seek out His will? When He answers and eliminates our uncertainty, will you obey? Christmas is our reminder that we are not alone. God himself has given us eternal security in Him. Let us take that to heart today and every day as we face uncertainty!

When Love Came Down (Week 4): “The Result of the Incarnation”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Matthew 1:23

Pastor Jason Mayhall concludes the Christmas season’s series, “When Love Came Down,” at Redemption Bible Church. In Matthew 1, Mary is found to be pregnant with baby Jesus. Joseph considers a quiet divorce before he is visited by an angel who instructs him to be patient and obey God’s will. Pastor Jason reminds us that something important to remember is that God sees us as He saw Joseph; He knows us, and is with us. Even when life is difficult and things are unclear or unknown, God is with us. God will save us from our sins, and we need to be obedient to Him. We all matter in the eyes of God. As the Christmas season comes to an end, some questions we need to consider are: Are we allowing God to be with us? Are we obeying God’s commands? Are we being patient and looking toward Jesus as the example for how we should behave?

When Love Came Down (Week 3): “The Glory of the Incarnation”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Philippians 2:1-11

Redemption Bible Church begins week three of four in the current sermon series, “When Love Came Down,” a celebration of the Christmas season. Pastor Jason Mayhall teaches about what it takes for the Gospel to transform one’s life. Through Philippians 2, God shares several truths with us in his attempt to help us change how we behave toward Him and toward other people. Paul asks in his letter to the church for unity and to focus our thoughts like Christ. Pastor Jason describes how we’re all seeking the same aim and direction, but a lack of humility can create challenges. The path to humility is ultimately about following Jesus, and to do so we must avoid selfish ambitions and our inherent desire to be noticed by others. By focusing on helping other people, we follow the example given to us by Jesus.

When Love Came Down (Week 2): “The Purpose of the Incarnation”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Galatians 3:26-4:7

Pastor Jason Mayhall teaches at Redemption Bible Church about the purpose of Jesus’ incarnation in our current Christmas season series “When Love Came Down.” Pastor Jason describes how Jesus’ divinity, resolve, and timing worked in perfect unison to establish Christianity, bringing everyone into the family of God. Using his family’s personal experience with their adoption process, parallels are drawn to God’s adoption of each of us into his family. Through that adoption we are granted God’s love and a permanent home among those who care for us. As the Christmas season rolls forward with parties, family, and distractions, this sermon is a good reminder that at the root of it all there remains a need to be thankful for what God has blessed us with. We receive God’s love even though we are all born broken and unworthy; all we need to do is receive him and believe.

When Love Came Down (Week 1): “The Necessity of the Incarnation”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Hebrews 2:5-18

Redemption Bible Church starts a new series for the Christmas season titled “When Love Came Down.” This series kicks off with a look at Hebrews 2, led by Pastor Jason Mayhall. Pastor Jason grounds the audience with a look at the overarching theme of the book of Hebrews: the superiority of Jesus relative to others such as the angels. However, Jesus cared enough about us to involve himself in our lives personally, experiencing the many challenges we can face, things like prayers going unanswered, and being abandoned or betrayed. As we look ahead to the extravagance of the Christmas season, we are called to ask ourselves to consider that the most extravagant gift ever given was Jesus’ sacrifice to die for our sins, giving all of us a chance at salvation.