Connecting Deeply with Jesus as a Human

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Speaker: 
Andrew Fountain
Date: 
Sun, 2018-12-23

Sermon Outline - Connecting Deeply with Jesus as a Human

Goal: To deepen our relationship with God

Outline

  1. What does it mean to “have a relationship”
  2. Jesus became a man, in part, so that we could have a deep relationship with him
  3. Challenge: to deepen that relationship

1. What does it mean to “have a relationship” with someone?

  1. Have some understanding of how they are feeling and be able to have some empathy with them.
  • Empathy with a reptile?

Alligator

Alligator

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  • With mamals we can do better at reading their emotions

Puppy

Puppy

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  • But with people our brains are wired to read emotions

Iraqi Kid

Iraqi Kid

Laughing

Laughing

Image source: Josh Giovo CCb2

1. What does it mean to have a relationship with someone?

  1. Have some understanding of how they are feeling and be able to have some empathy with them.
  2. They understand how you are feeling
  3. Two-way communication (more later)

2. Jesus became a man, in part, so that we could have a deep relationship with him

2. Jesus became a man, in part, so that we could have a deep relationship with him

  • Hebrews 4
  1. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
  2. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
  • We are going to watch some extracts from the Nativity Film
  • But first I want to read the Scriptures from

The Birth of Jesus - Luke 1:26-2:20

  • I do have the DvD, but I have put this together from previews that are available for free on the internet (which explains why some scenes are cut short)
  • I have added the subtitles to explain what is happening
  • The Nativity movie draws our attention to the human dimension of Jesus’ birth, what it must have felt like for Mary & Joseph to hear that their child would be God!

Watch Nativity movie clips

Outline

  1. What does it mean to “have a relationship”
  2. Jesus became a man, in part, so that we could have a deep relationship with him
  3. Challenge: to deepen that relationship

3. Challenge: to deepen that relationship

Pictures of God:

  • Speaking to the woman at the well
  • Compassion on the hungry crowds
  • Weeping over Jerusalem who rejected him
  • Exhausted in the bottom of the boat in the storm
  • stopping for blind beggars
  • Weeping a Lazarus’ death as he saw people’s grief
  • Angry with the hypocrites
  • Tempted like us

Hebrews 4

  1. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
  2. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Outline

  1. What does it mean to “have a relationship”
  2. Jesus became a man, in part, so that we could have a deep relationship with him
  3. Challenge: to deepen that relationship
  4. Your destiny is to look into the eyes of Jesus and see them filled with love for you

2 Corinthians 3

  1. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image…

1 Corinthians 13

  1. Love never ends. …but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away…
  2. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
  3. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Outline

  1. What does it mean to “have a relationship”
  2. Jesus became a man, in part, so that we could have a deep relationship with him
  3. Challenge: to deepen that relationship
  4. Your destiny is to look into the eyes of Jesus and see them filled with love for you
  • Spend time engaging with Jesus as a human who deeply knows and understands you
  • Read the accounts of him in the Bible until you have a strong image of him in your head
  • If you are a Christian, then this is your destiny!

Updated on 2018-12-25 by Andrew Fountain