Weekend Message Takeaway: “(Never) Picture Perfect”

This past weekend, we continued our Christmas teaching series as Pastor Doug shared a message from Matthew 1 and Hebrews 1. In this message, we explored how the Lord’s glory is made evident through our weakness and imperfections, how Christ’s perfection changes our story, and how God always has something greater for us. 

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 Doesn’t Edit Our Imperfections Out of His Story (Hebrews 2:11; Matthew 1:18–25): As you browse through the pages of Scripture, you’ll notice that God frequently chose the younger, poorer, least attractive, weak, barren, ill-equipped, and outcast. He chose Isaac instead of Ishmael, Jacob instead of Esau, and David instead of his older brothers. He used Rahab the prostitute, Ruth the Moabite, Elizabeth the barren, and fishermen and tax collectors as His disciples.

Why? Because it says something about God’s character and sets Him apart from all earthly kings. You see, Christ came for those who admit they are weak. God’s not embarrassed of your family or your weakness. He uses the foolish things to confound the wise and the weak to carry out the greatest deeds.

The Only Perfect Part of Our Story Is Jesus (Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 1:2–3, 4:15): Christ Jesus, the perfect Son of God, entered into this imperfect world. He became a baby, subjected Himself to the same vulnerability and helplessness we experience every day. The One who formed the universe humbled Himself to the point where, as a baby, His only form of communication was to cry. He had to have all His basic needs met by His creation, by two of His children. He was God with us in order that we may have God in us!

When God Disrupts Our “Perfect” Story, it Is Always for Our Greater Good (Matthew 1:21): What about your life/family is not picture perfect right now? How might God be at work in that right now, drawing you closer? Even in your brokenness, God is at work. He can repair broken hearts, broken families, broken lives—He can make what is broken into something beautiful. Today, can you embrace your imperfection knowing that God is making a more beautiful picture out of it?

Quote to Remember: He is the God of our bad side, of our dark side, and He’s not afraid to talk about our crazy side.—Pastor Doug Sauder


RETHINK CHRISTMAS
Christmas is next week! For many, this week will be one of the most intense, busiest, most anxiety-filled week of the year. Last minute shopping, various parties to attend and appearances to make, 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 West Boca campus Pastor Joe Ferraro continues our discussion of the Christmas story! 

This weekend is Christmas Eve. Invite your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone else you can think of to experience the simple beauty and life-changing power of the Christmas story as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

NOTE: The Message Takeaway will resume on Monday, January 8, 2018. We pray you have a truly wonderful Christmas and happy New Year celebrating with friends and loved ones, and that you find time to reflect on all the Lord has done for you this year! 

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.