Jesus – The Perfect Gift (Outline)

The following is the basic outline for the sermon I preached this past Sunday (Dec. 3). Feel free to use it, share it, or comment.

I did record it, so if you would like a copy via email, just let me know in the comment section or by private message.

Have a blessed Monday!


Jesus – The Perfect Gift”

  1. He was given at the perfect time (Galatians 4:4) – Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways
    • Great anticipation among the Jews. Roman rule made them hungry for a Messiah.
    • Rome had unified much of the world under its government. Pax Romana. Safe travel.
    • Rome conquered militarily. Greece had conquered culturally. Common language.
    • False idols had not protected the people from Rome. Greek philosophy and science had left many people empty.
    • The mystery religions of the day spoke of savior-gods and bloody sacrifices, which would have made the gospel of the cross believable. The Greeks also believed in the immortality of the soul, not the body.
    • The Roman army drafted soldiers from all over its territory. The earliest example of the gospel in Britain is from Roman soldiers stationed there.
    • It was the fulfillment of prophecy! (Source: GotQuestions.org)
  2. He was wrapped like no other gift could ever be (Luke 2:12; Philippians 2:7).
    • Wrapped with love (swaddled)
    • Wrapped as a sign (Luke 2:12)
  3. He was exactly what everyone in all the world needs (Luke 2:11) –
    • “a Savior!”
    • But not just ANY Savior – “Christ the Lord!”
  4. He was the greatest expression of love the world would ever see (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-10).
    • Unequaled, Unimaginable Surprise! A baby? In Bethlehem? A manger?
    • Unequaled, Unimaginable Sacrifice! God’s Son.
    • Unequaled, Unimaginable Grace! …No secret Savior…No drawing names…No obligation of any kind

Preached @ South Soddy Baptist, 12/03/2017

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7 responses to “Jesus – The Perfect Gift (Outline)

  1. Powerful Outline Anthony. Thanks
    The pieces to the puzzle of man’s condition mixed with God’s redemptive timing inserted is so far beyond us…Is:55; 8 is a great place to start, knowing in our head we cannot understand it all but we get glimpses.

  2. I hope you don’t mind a philosophical question from someone who is not Christian but was raised Christian:

    I hear often that all that needs to occur is for a person to believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God sent Down to forgive our sins, and that as you put in your sermon there’s nothing needed but that’s just goes to the point of how great God‘s love is that he offers us grace when we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord.

    I imagine there is a loaded meaning within that simple statement, because it kind of implies that I could be the most evil person there is and do the most her Renda‘s things and yet still believe that Christ is my saviour and that I will go to heaven then, by God inconceivable amount of love and compassion.

    How do you reconcile that kind of discrepancy?

    The answers are usually get is that if a person believes in Christ then they will naturally want to do good things.

    • Considering the level of your writing ability, and the subjects on which you normally write, I consider it an honor (I’m not pandering) that you would even take the time to correspond with me. I would not consider myself a theologian, much less a philosopher. However, when my mind is not as tired as it is right now, I will try to answer your questions the best way I can.

      Sorry to read that you’re not a Christian, but I won’t hold that against you – God will 😉

      • Thx. You flatter me. 😜. No Hurry. And. I’m not being merely antagonistic.
        I am curious. I could not reconcile that kind of discrepancy and so God took me along a different path.

    • I’m sorry my reply has taken so long. I’m up against the wall on so many things it ain’t funny. Heck, I should be asleep right now, but I’m picking my daughter up from work.

      If I understand your question correctly, you are essentially wondering how it is that a rotten scoundrel can, for example, go out and torture and murder a bunch of people, then, at the last minute, say “I believe in Jesus,” only to receive the undeserving grace of God and get into heaven like nothing happened, correct? There are fairness and justice issues, are there not?

      • I hope it will all pan out well. We do what we must. Hope you get a break soon. No hurry here. Maybe this helps you relax. But some people, like my wife, just like to shut their mind off.Thinking is relaxing to me though. So however you have to take it, it fine.

        Well yes, that is kind of the question. But I’m not sure if it’s a justice question. I think it’s more just a question of if a terrible person who professes Christ will go to heaven? I think I’m not really asking about justice.

        I suppose it is more basic than justice.

        It’s more a practical question I think. If I am a person who tortured people out of sheer demented pleasure, why wouldn’t I profess Christ just so I could go on like I am and still goto heaven?

      • Once again, I apologize for the delay between comments. I know you may have already forgotten about your question, but I have not. It’s just that I don’t have enough hours in the day. Another reason is that my wife has been working on finishing taxes for a couple of people, including ourselves, so that we can renew our health insurance – so she has had full control of the computer for the last several days. My only blogging has been done from my iPhone.

        Tonight I have snuck away to our bedroom with a laptop!

        Literally, there are so many different directions from which one could approach your question, but only one verse in the Bible jumps out at me in regard to your question. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:44 CSB

        Yes, if it was as simple as sinning all one wanted, as bad as one wanted, then waiting until the last second to cry out for God’s mercy and grace, then I could see how some horrible people would take advantage of that. However, Jesus made it pretty clear in the above verse that the one who thinks that way is sadly mistaken. A person can’t simply decide on his own timetable when and where he will be “saved;” it’s up to the drawing of the Holy Spirit, not the arbitrary will of man. NOTE: I’m not a Calvinist (or a predeterminist), but there are certain aspects to the sovereignty of God that cannot be denied, despite the free will of men.

        Now, if we were to talk about the doctrine of sin (hamartiology) and how we tend to think of one sin greater than the other, we could discuss humanity’s flawed perceptions and tendencies to label one person’s sin greater than another’s (and in many practical ways that would be true). However, it really doesn’t matter how horrendous the sin, all sin separates us from God, therefore the type of person you describe in your question could just as easily be one who willfully commits “average” sins up until the last minute thinking he can get in to heaven by the skin of his teeth – it just doesn’t work that way.

        I guess while I am here I should go ahead and address one more thing you mentioned. “Professing Christ” is not a magic ticket to harp-playing territory. There are going to be many, many people who “professed,” yet never were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Many who have “professed” Jesus Christ will be shocked to hear Jesus say, “I never knew you…depart” (Matt. 7:23; 25:41). Jesus will save anyone who comes to him with a contrite spirit, repenting of his sin, confessing Jesus Christ as Lord of his life, and is willing to “take up his cross” and follow Him. A person who finds “sheer demented pleasure” in torturing people doesn’t sound like the type who would suddenly fall on his knees in humble contrition and repentance, and he certainly wouldn’t do it for the right reasons without the Spirit of God drawing him.

        Well, all I can hope for is that you found this answer of mine worth the wait and a little bit more substantial than those you previously described.

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