Unwrapping the Glory of Christmas Advent Begins. Unwrapping the Glory of Christmas begins when we raise our understanding of God’s Glory

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<ul><li><p>Unwrapping the Glory of Christmas</p><p> Advent Begins</p></li><li><p>Unwrapping the Glory of Christmas begins when we raise our understanding of Gods Glory.</p></li><li><p>The glory that comes from God is a person.</p></li><li><p>The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 </p></li><li><p>Loving the glory that comes from God connects us with the person of glory Jesus.</p></li><li><p>God was most glorified when the Lord of Glory was crushed on the cross of shame.</p></li><li><p>John 12:23-28</p><p>"The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. . . </p><p>It was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!</p></li><li><p>The glory that comes from God demands a pursuit.</p></li><li><p>41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him. 42 (some) would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved praise from men more than praise from God. </p></li><li><p>Begins with perceiving the true value Continues with prizing that value ThereforeThe Pursuit . . .</p></li><li><p>The pursuit of the Glory of God leads to Godly ambition in our lives. The Goal 2 Thessalonians 2:14He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. </p></li><li><p>Unwrapping the Glory of Christmas begins when we raise our understanding of Gods Glory.</p></li><li><p>Pursuit this WeekPURSUIT IN THE WORDIn preparation for next weeks message read Hebrews chapter one and note how the writer expands the brightness of Christs Glory.</p></li><li><p>Pursuit this WeekPURSUIT IN PRAYERWhere do you want to experience more of Gods glory? Work? Family? Relationship? Character issue? Sin issue? Where? Begin to ask that Gods glory will be revealed there.</p></li><li><p>Pursuit this WeekPURSUIT IN RELATIONSHIPAsk someone where they have been seeing the glory of God revealed. Ask how their vision of Gods Glory has been raised in recent days.</p></li><li><p>Pursuit this WeekPURSUIT IN SERVICEWhere could you serve this season where your vision of Gods glory might be raised? What could you do that could be done simply because of His glory?</p><p>11/28 Wired for Glory</p><p>John 12:4343 for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.NIV</p><p>12/5 The True Glory of Christmas</p><p>Heb 1:33 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. NIV</p><p>12/12 The Glory of Christmas Contentment</p><p>Phil 4:11-1311 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. NIV</p><p>12/19 Descending in to Glory</p><p>Luke 14:1111 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." NIV</p><p>Phil 2:5-11</p><p>5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: </p><p>6 Who, being in very nature God,did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing,taking the very nature of a servant,being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himselfand became obedient to death even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest placeand gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father. NIV</p><p>12/24 Celebrating the Glory</p><p>12/26 Bringing Gifts of Glory</p><p>1 Cor 10:31-32</p><p>31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. NIV</p><p>Rom 11:33-3633 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!How unsearchable his judgments,and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord?Or who has been his counselor?" 35 "Who has ever given to God,that God should repay him?" 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.To him be the glory forever! Amen. NIV</p><p>1/2 Jason Suter</p><p>*</p></li></ul>