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