Weekend Message Takeaway: “Remembering God’s Story”

This past weekend, we kicked off our Christmas teaching series as Pastor Doug shared a message from Matthew 1. In this message, we saw how the Lord fulfilled His promise to Abraham as we explored the genealogy of Jesus and how God wants us to remember, reflect on, and stand firm in His promises. 

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

 

FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:

God Keeps His Promises in His Time (Matthew 1:1–2; Luke 2:21–24): The faithfulness of God, which was passed on from generation to generation through Scripture, stories, and songs of faith, was made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. He was the fulfillment of God’s promise.

God Wants Us to Remember His Promises (Genesis 28:19, 35:11–14): Can you remember a way God showed His faithfulness to you this year? What about over the past two, five, or ten years? We forget so easily. Abraham and others in the Old Testament used to build altars—memorials of the places where God came to meet them—in order to remember. These altars were a place of encounter, worship, covenant, and forgiveness. What are you doing to remember your encounters with the Lord, to remember His faithfulness and the fulfillment of His promises?

God Gives Us a Promise About His Word (Isaiah 55:10–11): Matthew wrote down the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, and final instructions so we could pass it on to others. The Lord promises that His Word will never return void. And He has called us to share His Word with others, to give the simple, life-changing invitation that has changed countless lives throughout history.

Quote to Remember: We are praying for a story only God could write.—Pastor Doug Sauder


RETHINK CHRISTMAS
The Christmas season is upon us! For many, this month is full of business, anxiety, and a lot of shopping. But that’s not what this season is supposed to be. The Christmas story isn't about presents, decorations, or the holiday hustle; it's a story of love, hope, redemption, and relationship. This year, we invite you to recapture the heart of the holiday with us as we commit to spend less, give more, worship fully, and love all. We hope you join us for one of our services. For service times and locations, as well as ideas and resources for ways to rethink Christmas, click here.


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A LOOK AHEAD
Join us this Wednesday as Family Ministry Pastor Reuben Ramsaran continues our discussion of Matthew 1.

This weekend, we’ll continue making our way through the Christmas story as Pastor Doug explores the journey of the wise men to find the newborn King. Come find out the significance of the gifts they brought and how we worship Him fully with our lives as they did with their gifts.

 

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.