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12-29-19 Kevin Goins - Celebrating Advent in the Right Direction

“Celebrating Advent in the Right Direction” Luke 2:36-38

For many people Christmas overflows with memories of the past. In fact, the story of the birth of Jesus is an event confined to the past. But the celebration of Advent isn’t limited to the past. It actually looks in two directions at the same time. A woman named Anna shows us why this dual perspective is so beneficial.

I First, when our celebration of Advent focuses on both the first and second comings of Jesus, it sets us free from the _________ myth.
A. There is a problem with Santa: Santa discriminates against __________.
B. Santa may be for children, but the Second Advent of Jesus will impact e________ p__________ who has ever lived on planet earth.

II Second, when our celebration of Advent focuses on both the first and second comings of Jesus, it sets us free from the ‘w__________ is only for ____________” myth (2:37b).
A. Anna made sure she was in the right _________ to be ready for the Messiah, and because she was, she ________ him.
B. If there is a Second Advent that could happen at any moment, then making worship the h__________ of our life makes s_______.

III Third, when our celebration of Advent focuses on both the first and second comings of Jesus, it sets us free from the “Christianity is for s______________” myth (2:37c).
A. Anna didn’t just attend church; she did something: she _______ and _______.
B. Just as Anna had something for which to pray and fast, so do we: we want to see the work Jesus began ________________.

IV Fourth, when our celebration of Advent focuses on both the first and second comings of Jesus, it sets us free from the myth that says the best Christmases are p________ (2:38).
A. If we must look backward to get excited about Christmas, something is _____________.
B. Anna was looking e______________ for the coming of the Messiah and so she was looking ___________, not __________.

V Finally, when our celebration of Advent focuses on both the first and second comings of Jesus, it sets us free from the “Christmas comes but o_______ a y________” myth (2:38b).

12-22-19 Kevin Goins - Making Simeon’s Story Our Story

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Advent, Bible, Christmas by facatl on December 23rd, 2019

“Making Simeon’s Story Our Story” Luke 2:25-35

One of the people who saw the baby Jesus, but whose participation in the Christmas story is often overlooked, is Simeon. Simeon can teach us a lot about how to make the Christmas story our story, but be warned: much of what he teaches us is shocking. For example:

I First, Simeon teaches us that to make the Christmas story our story we need the ___________ __________ (2:25-27a).
A. First, without the Holy Spirit no one has the s__________ v__________ necessary to see Jesus.
B. Second, Luke tells us it was the Holy Spirit that enabled ___________ to make the Christmas story his story.
C. Third, not only does the Bible and the life of Simeon tell us we need the Holy Spirit to make the Christmas story our story, so also does Charles Dicken’s A C____________ C_____________.

II Second, Simeon teaches us that to make the Christmas story our story, we must be prepared for ____________ (2:27-29).
A. When Simeon saw the baby Mary and Joseph brought to the
temple, he knew two things: God ________ his promise and he could now _______ in peace.
B. When the Christmas story becomes our story it transforms, not just our present, but the _______ moment of our life.

III Third, Simeon teaches us that to make the Christmas story our story, we must be concerned about more than just _________ ____________.
A. When Simeon sees Jesus, his vision is _____________.
B. We can’t make the Christmas story our story until we realize that we have a ______________ mission to tell all about the Christ of Christmas.

IV Fourth, Simeon teaches us that to make the Christmas story our story, we must be willing to be the cause of ______________ (2:33-35).
A. Simeon paid attention to the Old Testament prophets – he knew not everyone would accept the _______________.
B. In Romans 9 Paul says many in Israel stumbled over Jesus because they believed they could achieve their own personal righteousness by keeping the________.

12-15-19 Kevin Goins - Making the Christmas Story My Story with testimonies

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Advent, Bible, Christmas by facatl on December 17th, 2019

12-08-19 Kevin Goins - Making Mary’s Story My Story

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Advent, Bible, Christmas by facatl on December 11th, 2019

“Making Mary’s Story Our Story”   Luke 1:26-2:7

Of all the characters who played a part in the birth of the Savior, there is none who seems as unapproachable as Mary. Women have a hard time relating to a woman who gave birth knowing there was no human father she could blame for her pain. Men feel some sympathy for Joseph but we have no idea how to comprehend Mary. And then we Protestants feel estranged from Mary because the Roman Catholic Church has almost deified her. But all this misses the point. Next to Jesus there is no one so pivotal to the Christmas story as Mary, and if we want to know how to make the Christmas story our story, we dare not overlook her.

I First, Mary teaches us that no matter how ___________ it may be, it is ____________ to live out the Christmas story in our daily lives (1:26-37).

A. Why did the Savior have to be ______ as well as _________? Because no human being has a __________ for the problem of sin.

B. Why was it necessary for the Savior to be a _________ _________ at all? Because justice can only be done when wrongdoing is ____________ and God could not take our punishment.

II Second, Mary teaches us that just because it is _____________ to live out the Christmas story does not mean it will be ____________ (1:38).

A. When Mary and Joseph answered God’s call, people didn’t a_________ them – they ____________ at them.

B. God doesn’t call us to live a b________ or m__________ life. He calls us to an e___________ life on the cutting edge of his Kingdom.

III Third, Mary teaches us that living out the Christmas story will have an impact ______ _______________ ourselves (1:46-55).

IV Fourth, Mary teaches us that living out the Christmas story is not something we are expected to do ____________ (2:1-5).

A. Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit so her child would be the God-man. Why, then is __________ necessary?

B. God wanted his plan to save the world to be carried out, not by a single i_________________, but by a f___________.

V Fifth, Mary teaches us that living out the Christmas story is not going to __________________ the world (2:6-7).

11-17-19 Kevin Goins - Wisdom is Fabulous! Part 3

“Wisdom is Fabulous!” (Pt 3)
Proverbs 3:27-35

People seek many things in our world today, but very few seem to be seeking wisdom. This is why the author of Proverbs wants us to know just how fabulous wisdom is.

I First, wisdom is worth the effort and we should seek it with all our heart (3:13-18).
II Second, wisdom is so good that even God uses it (3:19-20).
III Third, wisdom can guard our life (3:21-26).

IV Fourth, wisdom is d____________. Here Solomon gives us four principles that we can follow to put wisdom to _______ in our lives today:

A. Principle #1: Do ________ to people _____________ you can (3:27-28).

-But there are ______ conditions:

1. First, “do not withhold good from those who d___________ it.
2. Second, “do not withhold good when it is in your _________ to act.”

B. Principle #2: Do not b___________ the one who t_________ you (3:29-30).

1. A better translation is: “Don’t devise _________ against someone who lives in __________ with you.”
2. Not only should we be careful not to h__________ those who trust us, but we should not f___________ accuse anyone of hurting us.

C. Principle #3: Do not envy those who get what they want by unethical means (3:31-32).

1. “Don’t envy them,” Solomon says, “because even if they get what they want, they won’t k_________ it for l_______.”
2. People who cheat, steal, lie, and use violence to get what they want make God ___________.

D. Principle #4: S_______ wisdom and do not act like a __________ (3:33-35).

1. First contrast: “The Lord’s c_______ is on the house of the wicked, but he b_________ the home of the righteous” (3:33).
2. Second contrast: “He _______ proud mockers, but gives _______ to the humble” (3:34).
3. Third contrast: “The wise inherit h__________, but fools he holds up to s__________” (3:35).

11-03-19 Kevin Goins - Our City, Our Calling

“Our City, Our Calling”   Jeremiah 29:1-14

Is there a Scripture text which speaks specifically to us about our calling at FAC? That is what I have been looking for, and I believe the Lord has provided it in these words of Jeremiah.

I What is happening here in the twenty-ninth chapter of the prophetic book of Jeremiah? The leaders of the Jews have been ___________ to Babylon (29:1).

II In his letter, Jeremiah makes ________ points:

A. First, God’s people are called to the p__________, p_________, s___________ city (29:4-9).

1. We are just like the Judeans in Jeremiah’s day – the New Testament calls Christians, “_____________.”

2. God says, “I want you in this strange city because I can d____________ and r___________ your faith here, and you can do __________ to the people of this city.

B. Second, God’s people must offer an a____________ to the v__________ of this city (29:10-14).

1. God says he banished them, not to _____________ them, but to give them a chance to decide what is truly ____________ to them.

2. When we wake up and find that we are in Babylon, there are three things that we can do:

a. We can give our ___________ to Babylon.

b. We can build a _____________ and never allow ourselves to become a ________ of this city.

c. We can live in Babylon in such a way as to bring the ___________ of ______ to this city.

C. Third, God’s people must ________ and ________ for the city.

-We are to pray, not only that people will _________ Jesus, but that they would be whole in their mind, body, career, relationships, finances - in ________ way.

III This is where we live. This is where ______ put us. This is our _____________.

10-13-19 Kevin Goins - Wisdom is Fabulous!

Posted in sermon, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible, proverbs, Wisdom by facatl on October 17th, 2019

“Wisdom is Fabulous!” Proverbs 3:13-18

People seek many things in our world today, but very few seem to be seeking wisdom. Perhaps this is because they are afraid wisdom might interfere with their selfish plans, or it may be because people have no idea how wonderful God’s wisdom is. In any case, the author of Proverbs wants us to know just how fabulous wisdom is.

I In his introduction to wisdom, Solomon makes _______ major points.
A. First, wisdom has ___________ ____________ (3:13-18).
B. Solomon gives us ______ reasons why we should want wisdom with all our heart.

II First, wisdom is __________ the ___________ (3:13).
A. From the start we need to understand that living as a wise person requires __________________.
B. It took gut-wrenching discipline on Solomon’s part to ask for what he knew would benefit _____________, rather than ____________.

III Second, wisdom is p__________________ (3:14)
A. Silver and gold have value, but they will never earn as much in the f_______________ as wisdom will.
B. Wisdom has the potential to provide ________________the things we cannot know _____________ that we will need tomorrow.

IV Third, wisdom is greater than anything we can _______________ (3:15).

V Fourth, wisdom gives the best ______________ (3:16).
A. Wisdom knows how to use riches in an h_________________ way.
B. Wisdom can fill life, even long life, with _________________.

VI Fifth, wisdom gives real _______________ (3:17).

VII Sixth, wisdom gives _______________ life (3:18).
-Just as Solomon began by saying that wisdom is something we must seek, so he ends by telling us again that wisdom must be e_____ _____.

 

10-06-19 Kevin Goins - Free from the Curse

“Free from the Curse”  Galatians 3:13-14

There are many things the death of Jesus did for us, but there is one thing that we rarely think about and that is how the death of Jesus freed us from “the curse of the law.” But what is this curse and how have we been set free from it?

I First, ______ is the curse of the Law?

A. The Law curses us in _______ ways:

1. The Law is a curse because it gives us a cure for the problem of sin, but that cure is a _____________.

2. The Law is a curse because no matter what we do or don’t do, the Law keeps on condemning us.

B. The Law is a double curse – It offers us the ________ hope that we can please God and then it ______________ us when we fail.

II Second, _______ should Christians be concerned about the curse of the Law?

A. The curse of the Law can still _____________ us even though we are Christians.

B. Anytime our confidence in Jesus is strengthened by how we _____________, the Law still has power over us.

III Third, _________ did Jesus save us from the curse of the Law?

A. Jesus took the Law’s curse off ____ and placed it on _____________.

B. The curse of the Law is two-fold:

1. The first curse is the separation that comes when we try to create a relationship with God through p___________, rather than _______.

2. The second curse is the punishment of _________ that comes to us because we have not kept the Law.

IV Fourth, ________ ______________ does it make?

-Not only have we been saved from a curse, but to help us live a life pleasing to God we have been given the _____________ ___________.

09-29-19 Kevin Goins - Saved Through Water

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Baptism, Bible by facatl on October 1st, 2019

“Saved Through Water”
1 Peter 3:18-21

We can learn by listening to words, but mental pictures can be far more enlightening. That is why the Bible not only tells us about baptism, it gives us some unforgettable pictures. Today we are looking at the picture of baptism found in the first letter of Peter.

I Most Christians consider this a ____________ text for two reasons:

A. First, it’s a difficult text because we are not sure ________ Jesus went and to _______ he preached.

1. Some believe Jesus preached to all who _______________ God before the flood and he gave them a ________ to hear the Gospel.

2. Others believe he was announcing his ___________ over sin to the spirit- beings, or angels, who had rebelled against God.

B. Second, it’s a difficult text because of Peter’s words, “this water symbolizes baptism that now _______ you also.”

1. Peter begins the passage, vs 18, talking about the __________________, and he ends the passage, vs 21, talking about the __________________.

2. Then, in the middle he talks about ___________. What does a person do at baptism? They _____________ the Gospel by acting it out.

3. So, when Peter says baptism saves, he means that what baptism r___________ – the death and resurrection of Jesus – that is what saves.

II After Peter refers to Noah, he then tells us that what happened to Noah is a __________ of baptism

A. Peter says that Noah and his family were saved, not by the ________, but by the ____________.

B. Why would Peter say that Noah and his family were saved “through water?” There are ______ reason for saying this:

1. First, Noah and his family were saved through water because the flood s____________ them from the overwhelming evil in their day.

2. Second, Noah and his family were saved through water because the very thing which brought j_____________ and d_________ to earth, brought d_______________ to them.

09-22-19 - Kevin Goins - My Grandpa Was a Baptist Preacher, part 2

“My Grandpa Was a Baptist Preacher!” John 8:37-59

What is it that people who do not have Jesus in their life depend on to make themselves feel secure about Judgment Day? One of the things people lean on is their pride in their godly ancestors. In our text today
Jesus lets us know that our forbearers, as wonderful as they may have been, cannot save us from the consequences of our sin.

I Jesus says that actions speak louder than our family tree (8:37-38).
II Jesus says we all have an ancestor in our family line we would rather ignore (8:39-41).

III There is a spiritual ______ test which can determine whether we are truly children of God (8:42-59)
A. There is the l_______ test (8:42).
B. There is the b__________ test – Can we ______ God speak to us through his Word? (8:43, 47).
C. There is the t________ test (8:44-47).
1. Whatever language we learn first becomes f__________ to us.
2. When we are born the language of s________ l______ is our native and natural language.
3. When we experience new birth by trusting Jesus, we can then begin to speak and comprehend the language of s_________ t_______.
4. Those without the ________ of _______ in them cannot grasp or recognize spiritual truth.
D. Lastly, there is the J_________ test (8:48-59).
1. Stoning was the penalty for b__________, which means the religious officials understood Jesus was claiming to be _____ in the _______.
2. The Pharisees allowed what o___________ them about Jesus to blind them to who he really was, and the same thing happens today.
3. If you are a real child of God then you ______ Jesus for _____ he is.


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