Friday, 23 December 2011
Will I Make Room For Jesus?
In this Christmas Eve service, Pastor Peter looks at the innkeeper in the Christmas story in Luke 2:1-7, asking the question, how do we make room for Jesus in our lives.

WILL I MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS?

Contemplating Christmas Questions – Part 4

Peter Dupre

December 24, 2011

WHY DO WE HAVE NO ROOM FOR JESUS?

1.  __________________________________________________

“They saw him, but somehow did not recognize him.” Luke 24:16 (TEV)

2.  __________________________________________________

“The unspiritual person has no room for the gifts of God's Spirit; to him they are folly; he cannot even recognize them.” 1 Cor. 2:14 (NJB)

“They are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.” Mark 4:10 (Mes)

“Make sure you don't become SO FULL of yourself and your things that you forget God” Deuteronomy 8:14 (Mes)

3.  __________________________________________________

“People are too proud to seek God.  They do not look for Him; there is no room for God in their thoughts.” Psalm 10:4 (NCV)

“We’re all like sheep who've wandered off and gotten lost.  We've all done our own thing, gone our own way.” Isaiah 53:6 (Mes)

WHY SHOULD I MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS?

1. TO KNOW _______________________________________

“Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God.  He has always been alive and is himself God.  He created everything there is--nothing exists that he didn't make! Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light to all mankind.” John 1:1-4 (LB)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)

“He came to the world, which belonged to Him but those who were His did not receive Him and did not welcome Him.  But to those who DID receive and welcome Him, He gave the privilege and power to become the children of God, because they believe in his name!”

John 1:11-12 (Amp)

2. TO ENJOY __________________________________________

“The smallness you feel comes from within you.  Your lives aren't small, but you're living them in a small way….Open up your lives.  Live openly and expansively!” 2 Cor. 6:12-13 (Mes)

“I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart!  And the peace I give you isn't fragile like the peace the world gives.  So you won’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 (LB)

“God does not give us a spirit that makes us afraid or fearful.  Instead He gives us a spirit of power and love and self-control.” 2 Tim. 1:7 (NCV)

“In LOVE there is NO ROOM for fear, but perfect love drives out all fear!”

HOW DO I MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS?

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Jesus: “Listen!  I am standing and knocking at your door.  If you hear my voce and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together.” Rev. 3:20 (CEV)

“Open up before God, keep nothing back; he'll do whatever needs to be done!” Psalm 37:5 (Mes)