The Hope of Christmas Pt. 1: The Promise of Christmas

Every Christmas season, we read the same Christmas verses on the Birth of Christ Jesus, Matthew 2, Luke 2, Isaiah 9, etc. These are everyone’s go-to Christmas verses, but what if there’s a Christmas verse we’ve missed that’s hidden in plain sight? A Christmas verse that was given to bring hope to all people? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the Christmas promise we’ve all missed in his message, The Hope of Christmas Pt. 1: The Promise of Christmas.

Genesis 22:15–19 (NKJV)
Genesis 17:5–6
John 8:56 (NIV)
Genesis 22:2
Genesis 21:12
Galatians 3:15–18 (NKJV)

The Promise of Christmas

Fulfilling the Promise of Christmas

Birth of Christ Jesus

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Isaiah 9:6-7

Jesus is the promise or prophecy of Christmas fulfilled. It’s His birth that gives us hope because, without Jesus, there is no salvation. There is no hope. There is no light in the world. There is nothing.

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Luke 2:1-7

Jesus fulfilled the first promise of His coming 2,000 years ago (the first Christmas), but that’s not the end of the story. Jesus will come again.

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The Power of The Holy Spirit

power of the holy spirit, spirit/gift of prophecy

We often hear many things about the Father and the Son, and we often embrace these two members of the God-Head with ease and without reservations. But when it comes to the Holy Spirit we tend to be a bit more hesitant to embrace Him. Why? Could it be that we don’t quite understand who He is and what He is trying to offer us? We don’t understand the power that comes from the Holy Spirit. We tend to run from anything that seems to no longer fit our world, such as prophecy, spiritual tongues, or any other gifts of the Spirit.

The disciples were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost 2000 years ago. When that happened they began speaking in tongues, Peter then proceeded to preach a fiery message and 3000 were saved. But what exactly was that power that they were filled with? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture for more on this in her video, The Power of The Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-24
Matthew 7:15-20
1 Corinthians 13:13
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Romans 12: 6-8
1 Corinthians 12:27-31
Acts 19:1-6
Acts 2:1-4
1 Samuel 10:9-10
Mark 1:8
Acts 10: 44-48
Mark 16:17-18
I Corinthians 14:1-5
Romans 11: 29
1 Samuel 26:9
1 Corinthians 14:27-33
1 Corinthians 14:39-40
2 Timothy 3:16-17
John 14:26
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
Acts 8:18-24
Hebrews 6:1-8

The Power of The Holy Spirit

The Father and the Son bring forth the will and the salvation of God, but only through the Spirit is do we have power.

And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:3–5

19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.

1 Corinthians 4:19-20

The Gifts of the Spirit

Two of the greatest gifts are prophecy and speaking in tongues. Prophecy is the greatest because it builds up the Church while speaking in tongues builds up the person speaking in tongues. These gifts are distributed through the power of the Holy Spirit, not through the Father or the Son.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

1 Corinthians 14:1-5

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