The methodist church Ghana, Gethsemane society headed by the Very Rev. W Isaac Akyerfi-Mensah, this outreach is an annual event to commemorate and celebrate the birth and love shared to the world by our Lord Jesus Christ both In the Christian and Muslim fraternity, this exercise is practice globally’
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Christmas is the festival to communicate the birth of Jesus Christ who was born and died for our salvation of all who believed in him. He is God’s chosen one and means of reconciling humanity to himself.
The message which had more revelation about why and the essence of the celebration themed “JESUS MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE” the sermon has been made simple and summarised below
The perfection of God
The meaning of perfection in the Bible relates to a state of completeness or absolute wholeness. Biblical perfection involves freedom from fault, defect, or shortcoming. In the New Testament, a Greek term for “perfection” can also mean “maturity.” The Bible expresses perfection in at least three different contexts: the perfection of God, the perfection of Christ, and the perfection of humans.
Absolute perfection is a quality that belongs to God alone. Yet only in Matthew 5:48 does the Bible explicitly state that God is by nature perfect: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” As God is the perfect being, all that He does is perfect: “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).
Man has refused to be truly man
The man was made by God for himself, he was made to be perfect like God and have an intimate relationship with him, to love and serve him as his son Yet, man is hungry for independence, though he’s made depend on God.HEROD longs for what is forbidden because it is forbidden this is sin read more here
Sin is disobedient Mind
we tend to think of sin as so many acts, theft, fornication, adultery, violence, drinking, and using hard drugs as well as other offenses, all of this shows that sin is an attitude of the mind
- The Danger Of Disobedience
Disobedience is very consequential by nature. In many cases, it ends up costing people far more than they’ve ever thought. The consequences of disobedience are plain all throughout Scripture from the book of Genesis to Revelation. Even today, we are witnessing before our own eyes how people’s lives are being destroyed through immorality, crimes, and other sinful activities. Read more here
All have sinned Romans (3:23)
this looks more like our everyday lips scriptures, we have heard this over and over again, but truly all men have sinned and have fallen short of the powerful glory of God.
There is but one exception. His name is Jesus Christ and He was born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20–23). He is the God-man. The second Person of the triune God. God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14). It is Jesus Christ and He alone is able to rescue sin-enslaved humanity. That is the very reason He left heaven and came to earth (Philippians 2:5–8)—to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).
God has come to save us through Jesus christ
we cannot help ourselves to be perfect, no one can also help us. According to Romans 5:8, God demonstrated His love for us through the death of His Son. Why did Christ have to die for us? Because Scripture declares all men to be sinful. To “sin” means to miss the mark. The Bible declares “all have sinned and fall short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of God” (Rom. 3:23). In other words, our sin separates us from God who is perfect holiness (righteousness and justice) and God must therefore judge sinful man.
Salvation is God coming to our rescue because he loves us
| Christ reveals himself throughout his earthly life as the Saviour sent by the Father for the salvation of the world. His very name, “Jesus”, expresses this mission. It actually means: “God saves”.
It is a name he was given as a result of heavenly instruction: both Mary and Joseph (Lk 1:31; Mt 1:21) receive the order to call him by this name. In the message to Joseph, the meaning of the name is explained: “for he will save his people from their sins”. read more here
True repentance involves confessions
Paul says that godly sorrow “produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death” (2 Cor. 7:10). Both Ezra and those who gathered around him wept bitterly because they saw how unfaithful God’s people had been and they trembled at God’s word that warns of His righteous judgment on sin (9:4; 10:3, 14).
Our sorrow should be proportional to the magnitude of our sin. It would not be appropriate or necessary to weep over relatively minor sins, although we should keep a tender conscience toward all sins. We should confess such sins to the Lord and move on, praying for strength to avoid these sins in the future. But, if we have sinned in a major way, it is appropriate to be deeply grieved over what we have done. After denying that he knew Jesus, Peter went out into the night and wept bitterly (Luke 22:62). read more here
God accepts the undeserving when we sincerely repent
faith is a condition for salvation
“Repent,” urged Peter, “and let every one of you is baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). These divinely inspired words, spoken on the Day of Pentecost, the annual holy day that became the “birthday” of the New Testament church, show that repentance is the first prerequisite for receiving the Holy Spirit. “Repent” was the first command issued on the day the church was “born,” the first word used to answer the all-important question, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (2:37).
The writer of the book of Hebrews places “repentance from acts that lead to death” (Hebrews 6:1, NIV) at the head of a list of six “elementary truths of God’s word” (5:12, NIV). Repentance is a part of the very “foundation” (6:1) of the true Christian faith, so is much too important to be glossed over or neglected to any degree. commentary here