In the third installment of the “Christmas 2011” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at Mary, Joseph and the shepherds being away from home in Luke chapter 2. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including what it really means to be home in Christ.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Celebrate Christmas, Part 03

Luke 2:4 – “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.”

Luke 2:8 – “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”

John 6:51 – (Jesus said) “I am the living bread that came down from heaven…which I will give for the life of the world.”

John 14:2-3 – “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

 Your home location will change.

John 14:23 – Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

Philippians 3:20 – “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Hebrews 11:13 – (People of faith are) “…aliens and strangers on earth. They were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”

 Your relationship will change.
Romans 8:15 – “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a

slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’”

John 15:15 – “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends.”

Matthew 7:22-23 – “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’”

 Your security will change.
Hebrews 13:5 – “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I

forsake you.’”

Revelation 3:20 – “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”