Part 1 – Christmas at Journey – Scotty Priest – December 1, 2019

“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18

We are kicking off a new teaching series for Christmas talking about finding peace and a calling in the middle of the craziness of this season! This message takes a closer look at a character that often gets overlooked, and his name is Joseph.

The subtitle for this message is “an inconvenient calling.” We hate to be inconvenienced, and we are always in a hurry, always busy, always have plans, and we feel inconvenienced when someone gets in our way. We don’t like to be inconvenienced when we feel like something is standing in our way. All of us have plans, we have directions. We have plans for our life, a picture of what our lives are going to look like, and we sometimes try to have plans for God, “I would like for you to do this on this timetable.”  But often times that picture we have for our lives is interrupted by inconveniences and sometimes God cuts in, and sends us down a different path. Sometimes God calls us to something beyond our capacity to understand and our ability to handle on our own. Sometimes God has a calling on your life that is bigger than you can carry on your own, and it’s inconvenient. It will be a blessing someday but right now it can feel like a tremendous burden.

Key Verses: Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:12-13, Matthew 2:19-23

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