Speaker John Bonacorsi Title: The Shepherds and Opportunity
Date: Dec. 23, 2012
Luke 2:8-20 (NIV) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, nearby, keeping watch over their flocks flocks at night. 9 An angel of the the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
WHY WERE THE SHEPHERDS THE FIRST TO HEAR? 1. Their 2. Their
OPPORTUNITIES ARE EV EVERYWHERE Vs. 8—In fields nearby / same region
2. OPPORTUNITIES COME TO THE FAITHFUL FAITHFUL Vs. 8—Keeping watch / watching over •
I Cor. 4:2 (NIV) Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
3. OPPORTUNITIES CAN BE FEARFUL Vs. 9-10—They were terrified… do not be afraid •
Is. 55:8 (NIV) "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
OPPORTUNITIES WILL BECOME CLEAR CLE AR Vs. 11-14—Savior born today / a sign / a manifestation 4 Guidelines for Guidance 1. The greater the change, the greater the sign 2. The greater the calling, the more the affirmation 3. If God leads, He precedes 4. Those who obey will find the right way
5. OPPORTUNITIES MAKE YOU GO Vs. 15—Let us go—now go Selah— “Once you know, you’d better go!” • •
6. OPPORTUNITIES ENLARGE WHA WH AT YOU KNOW • •
Vs. 16—They found “Truth” The story is told
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OPPO OPPORT RTUN UNIT ITIIES PRO PROVIDE VIDE SOME SOMETH THIING TO SHA SHARE RE Vs. 17—They spread the word / made it widely known Remember when Jesus became REAL and ALIVE to you!
8. OPPORTUNITIES MAKE YOU THINK Vs. 18-19—All who heard were amazed / marveled /pondered Jesus can forgive your sin and give eternal life • •
9. OPPORTUNITIES REALIZED CAN CHANGE YOU Vs. 20—glorifying and praising God They returned… but were different • •