Bill Parkinson’s message on 12-14-14 at Fellowship Bible Church Little Rock “GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT”

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Bill Parkinson, one of the teaching pastors at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock delivered the message GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT on December 14, 2014.

In Luke 2, we hear the angels praising God, proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men on whom His favor rests.” This morning we will unwrap an indescribable gift– one that will change countless lives and change the course of history.

Here are some of the main points of the sermon:

1. FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD…

John 3:16English Standard Version (ESV)

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

2. THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON…

A. Seeking an intimate relationship with you. 

B. Committing to meet your greatest need. 

Matthew 1:20-23English Standard Version (ESV)

20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us).

C. Offering a gift you didn’t deserve. 

Luke 2:9-14English Standard Version (ESV)

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babywrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Romans 3:10-11, 23-14, English Standard Version (ESV)

10 as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;
    no one seeks for God.

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:8-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

BILL PARKINSON PLAYED THE FOLLOWING CLIP DURING THIS POINT IN THE SERVICE:

Les Miserables_I give you back to God.mp4

1 Corinthians 6:20Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for,made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.

Bill pointed out that God bought us out of slavery to sin as I Corinthians 6:20 says and just like Jean Valjean was bought back by the Priest in the movie LES MISERABLES.

Here is the transcript from the movie:

Valjean:

      Look! I’m a convict. My name is Jean Valjean. I’ve served 19 years hard labor. They let me out 4 days ago. I’m on parole. I have to go all the way to Dijon to report on Monday, or they’ll send me back to prison. Here’s my passport. I can’t read, but I know what it says. ‘He’s very dangerous.’

Bishop:

      Monsieur, you are welcome to eat with us as my guest.

Valjean:

      I’m a convict. You saw my passport.

Bishop:

      I know who you are.

Valjean:

      You’re…you’re gonna let me inside your house?

(The scene switches to the dinner table where Valjean is scarfing down food as quickly as he can.)

Madam Gilot:

      What crime did you commit?

Valjean:

      Maybe I killed someone.

(He looks at both of them for a reaction.)

      How do you know I’m not going to murder you?

Bishop:

      How do you know I’m not going to murder you?

Valjean:

      What’s that? A joke?

Bishop:

      I suppose we’ll have to trust each other?

Valjean:

      I didn’t kill anyone. I’m a thief. I stole food. I stole but I paid for it. 19 years in chains. So they let me out and gave me a yellow passport. What can I do with a yellow passport? I have to go to my parole officer in Dijon, and then what? Starve to death? 19 years, and now the real punishment begins.

Bishop:

      Men can be unjust.

Valjean:

      Men? Not God? Alright, whoever you are. Thank you. A meal and a bed to sleep in. A real bed. And in the morning, I’ll be a new man.

(Scene shifts again to Valjean lying in bed remembering the hardships of prison. Eventually, he gets up and returns to the kitchen cupboard where he begins to steal the bishop’s silverware. The bishop comes out to investigate the ruckus, only to be attacked by Valjean. The next morning, an interesting turn of events transpire.)

Officer:

      I’m sorry to disturb you.

Madam Gilot:

      You caught him!

Officer:

      But I had my eye on this man.

Madam Gilot:

      Thank God.

Bishop:

      I’m very angry with you Jean Valjean.

Officer:

      What happened to your eye, Monseigneur?

Bishop:

      Didn’t he tell you he was our guest last night?

Officer:

      Oh yes. After we searched his knapsack and found all this silver, he claimed that you gave it to him.

Bishop:

      Yes, of course I gave him the silverware. But why didn’t you take the candlesticks? That was very foolish? Madam Gilot, fetch the silver candlesticks. They’re worth at least 2,000 francs. Why did you leave them? Hurry! Monsieur Valjean has to get going. He’s lost a lot of time. Did you forget to take them?

Officer:

      Are you saying he told us the truth?

Bishop:

      Of course. Thank you for bringing him back. I’m very relieved.

Officer:

      Release him.

Valjean:

      You’re really letting me go.

Officer:

      Didn’t you understand the bishop?

Bishop:

      Madam Gilot, offer these men some wine. They must be thirsty.

Officer:

      Thank you.

(Madam Gilot escorts the men away, leaving the bishop and Valjean alone in the garden.)

Bishop: (Hands Valjean the bag of silver.)

      And don’t forget – don’t ever forget, you’ve promised to become a new man.

Valjean:

      Promise. Why are you doing this?

Bishop:

    Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil. With this silver, I’ve bought your soul. I’ve ransomed you from fear and hatred. And now I give you back to God.

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D. Fulfilling every promise he has made to you. (Matt 1:22 “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet.“)

Romans 5:1-11English Standard Version (ESV)

Peace with God Through Faith

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved byhis life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

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