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Philippians 2:16


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Gleanings from the Nativity

December 25th has been designated the day to commemorate the day when Jesus of Nazareth was supposedly born in Bethlehem. That date may be an official holiday on our calendars, but it is not the actual birth date of the Savior of the world.

In the Gleanings from the Nativity series, we will attempt to focus our attention on all the key players who surround the birth of the Christ Child. Some characters offer examples of true biblical submission to the will and Word of God; others demonstrate steadfast perseverance under trying circumstances, while still others show the consequences of doubting the Word of God.

If our Saviour had not been born, lived a sinless life, and been crucified to atone for our sins, we would not have any means by which we could be saved. The events and persons surrounding our Lord’s birth, all have important lessons to teach us both positively and negatively.

We must remember that Jesus Christ was not just a man, but He was totally God and totally man. Jesus Christ was God in the flesh Who ministered to the needs of humanity, by bringing many to faith in Himself as their Savior and Lord.

This series has become an annual tradition in our church.  During the month of December each year, we add another element to the drama.  --Pastor Bob Spagnuolo


Code   Sermon Title (Scripture Text)
           2006 sermons “Foundations of the Nativity”
NV01   1 Foundations of the Nativity (Gal. 4:4-5, John 1:1-5)
NV02   2 Zechariah's - Sin of Unbelief (Luke 1:5-25)
NV03   3 Mary - Total Submission to God (Luke 1:26-38)
NV04   4 Joseph - Example of Obedience (Matt. 1:18-25)
NV05   5 The Message of the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20)
         2007 sermons “What Child Is This?”
NV06   1 Only God and Creator (Luke 2:5-7)
NV07   2 Only Mediator (Job 9:32-35)
NV08   3 Only Suitable Sacrifice (Heb. 9:11-15)
NV09   4 Only Suitable Judge (John 5:19-24)
         2008 sermons “Simeon” part 1
NV10   1 An Example of Perseverance [1] (Luke 2:21-35)
NV11   2 An Example of Perseverance [2] (Prov. 3:5-6)
NV12   3 An Example of Perseverance [3] (Rom. 8:18-25)
NV13   4 An Example of Perseverance [4] (Josh. 21:43-45)
NV14   5 An Example of Perseverance [5] (Luke 2:25-27)
NV15   6 An Example of Perseverance [6] (Rom. 8:1-17)
NV16   7 An Example of Perseverance [7] (Rom. 8:22-25)
NV17   8 An Example of Perseverance [8] (Heb. 12:1-17)
         2009 sermons “Simeon” part 2
NV18   1 His Message and Its Evangelical Applications (Luke 2:21-35)
NV19   2 Mine Eyes Have Seen Thy Salvation [1] (Luke 2:25-30)
NV20   3 Mine Eyes Have Seen Thy Salvation [2] (Luke 2:25-30)
NV21   4 Salvation Prepared (Luke 2:31; Titus 1:1-4)
         2010 sermons “Simeon” part 3
NV22   1 Universal Scope of Salvation [1] (Luke 2:30-32)
NV23   2 Universal Scope of Salvation [2] (I Peter 1:9-12)
NV24   3 The Glory of Thy People Israel [1] (Luke 2:35)
NV25   4 The Glory of Thy People Israel [2] (I Thess. 2:10-20)
NV26   5 Messiah’s Coming (Luke 2:25-35)
NV27   6 This Child is Set (Luke 2:34)
NV28   7 Impending Judgment (Luke 2:34-35)
NV29   8 The Rising Again (Luke 2:34-35)
NV30   9 A Sign Spoken Against (Luke 2:34-35)
         2011 sermons “Anna, Song of Redemption”
NV31   1 “A Gracious Woman” (Luke 2:25-40)
NV32   2 “The Aged Prophetess” (Luke 2:36-38)
NV33   3 “A Perfect Servant” (Luke 2:36-40, Matt. 25:34-40)
NV34   4 “Prayers and Fastings” (Luke 2:36-40, Mark 2:18-22)
NV35   5 “What is Redemption?” (Luke 2:36-38, Ps. 49:6-9)
NV36   6 Jesus Christ, the Sinner’s “Goel” [1] (Job 19:1-2, 21-27)
NV37   7 Jesus Christ, the Sinner’s “Goel” [2] (Ruth 3:1-13)
         2012 sermons “John the Baptist–Forerunner of Christ”
NV38   1 Isaiah the Great Messianic Prophet (Is. 1:1, 21:1, 40:1-5)
NV39   2 Forerunner of Christ--2 His Message (Mark 1:1-8)
NV40   3 Forerunner of Christ--3 His Message--2 (Prov. 28:13)
NV41   4 His Confessions (Matt. 3:5-12)
NV42   5 John’s Radical Call for Fruit (Luke 3:1-14)
NV43   6 John’s Lasting Legacy (Acts 13:22-25)
         2014 sermons  “Old Testament Prophets”
NV44   1-Their Prophecies and the Christ–1 (Rom. 1:1-4)
NV45   2-Their Prophecies and the Christ–2 (I Peter 1:8-12)
NV46   3-Their Prophecies and the Christ–3 (Psalm 58:1-5, 10)
NV47   4-Their Prophecies and the Christ–4 (Heb. 2:14-18)
NV48   5-Their Prophecies and the Christ–5 (Luke 24:21-27)
NV49   Why the Son of Man Came (Christmas message)  (Isa. 9:6-7)
NV50   6-Their Prophecies and the Christ–6 (John 2:13-22)
NV51   7-Their Prophecies and the Christ–7 (Acts 10:34-43)
NV52   8-Their Prophecies and the Christ–8 (Acts 13:27-37)
         2015 sermons  “The Gospel in the Carols”
NV53   1 The Prophets Expectations (I Peter 1:8-12)
NV54   2 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus–1 (Gal. 4:1-7)
          (Click here for chart mentioned in sermon on “Adam to Noah”–gospel in the names)
          “The Scarlet Thread” (print out of verses referenced on an Answers in Genesis poster)
NV55   3 Come Thou Long Expected Jesus–2
NV56   4 O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Gal. 3:6-9, 26-29; 6:14-18)
NV57   5 O Come, O Come Emmanuel–2 (II Tim. 2:23-26)
NV58   6 O Come, O Come Emmanuel–3 (Matt. 10:16-18, Mark 10:43-45)
NV59   7 O Come, All Ye Faithful (Luke 19:16-26)
           2016 sermons “Great King Herod”
NV60   1-Daniel’s Critical Prophetic Timepiece (Daniel 9:24-27)
NV61   2-The Persians, the Greeks and the Pleasant Land (Dan. 12:4-13)
NV62   3-Prelude to King Herod–1 (Dan. 10:1, 10-14)
NV63   4-Prelude to King Herod–2 (Dan. 11:36-45)
NV64   5-Daniel’s Willful King–1 (Daniel 11:36-37)
NV65   6-Daniel’s Willful King–2 (Matt. 2:1-2, Luke 1:5)
NV66  7-Daniel’s Willful King–3 (Dan. 11:36-45)
           2017 sermons  “Angels on High”
NV67   1-God’s Obedient Servants–1 (Luke 2:1-18)
NV68   2-God’s Obedient Servants–2 (Luke 1:5-17)
NV69   3-God’s Obedient Servants–3 (Luke 1:26-38)
NV70   4-God’s Obedient Servants–4 (Matt. 1:18-25)
NV71   5-Angels on Assignment (Luke 2:8-20)
         2018 sermons “The Agent of the Incarnation”
NV72   1 Personhood of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-35, Gen. 1:1-2)
NV73   2 Divinity and Divine Attributes (Ezek. 37:1-14)
NV74   3 Ministry in Old Testament (Luke 24:49-53, John 20: 19-23)
NV75   4 From Christ to the Early Church (I Tim. 3:16, Isa. 42:1-4)
NV76   5 Emblems of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 26:26-30, Hebrews 9:1-10)
NV77   6 The Holy Spirit’s Role in Our Salvation (John 2:18-22; 14:15-17)
           2019 sermons “The Witness of the Prophets”
NV78   1 Introduction (Rom. 1:1-4, Luke 24:44-47)
NV79   2 Virgin Birth (Gen. 3:15, Matt. 1:20-23)
NV80   3 Forerunner & Birth Place (Is. 40:1-5, Micah 5:2)
NV81   4 The Messenger of the Covenant–1 (Deut. 18:15-19)
NV82   5 The Messenger of the Covenant–2 (Prov. 25:13)
NV83   6 A Light Unto the Gentiles–1 (Matthew 12:14-21)
NV84   7 A Light Unto the Gentiles–2 (I Peter 1:8-12)
NV85   8 A Light Unto the Gentiles–3 (Eph. 2:19–3:7)
NV86   9 A Light Unto the Gentiles–4 (Gal. 3:1-9, 25-29)
NV87   10 A Light Unto the Gentiles–5 (Luke 2:21-35)
NV88   11 A Light Unto the Gentiles–6 (Luke 2:21-35)
         2020 sermons “The Incarnation”
NV89   1 Introduction (Heb. 5:12-14, I John 5:19-21)
NV90   2 Creeds and Confessions (I John 4:1-3)
NV91   3 The Trinity Examined (I John 5:7)
NV92   4 Implications & Consequences (Heb. 2:14-16)
NV93   5 Suffering Servant of the Lord (Isaiah 53:6-12)
NV94   6 Humiliation Explained (Heb. 10:4-10)
NV95   7 Two Sides to One Doctrinal Coin (I John 4:1-4)
NV96   8 Answers to Difficult Scriptures (Hebrews 2:9-18)
         2021 sermons “The Divine Plan Could Not Be Thwarted”
NV097  1 The Serpent in the Garden (Romans 12:1-11)
NV098  2 The Serpent’s Head Crushed (Genesis 3:15)
NV099  3 The First Human Murder (Gen. 4:1-3, Heb. 12:15-17)
NV100  4 All But Eight Perished (I Peter 3:17-22, Matt. 24:36-41)
NV101  5 Tamar’s Plan (Lev. 18:6-20, Deut. 23:17-18)
NV102  6 Only One Link Left (II Chron. 21:16-20)
NV103  7 Pharaoh Orders Infanticide (Ex. 1:8-22, II Cor. 2:4-11)
NV104  8 Why Do the Heathen Rage? (Psalm 2; Luke 22:1-6)
          2022 sermons “I, God, Came Down to Lift You Up”
NV105   1–What Does That Mean?–1 (Ex. 3:1-10)
NV106   2–What Does That Mean?–2 (Ex. 3:1-10)