SERIES: “Christmas Portraits From The Bible”
TITLE: “Simeon and Anna: Portrait of Yieldedness to God”
TEXT: Luke 2:21-40
ETS: The lives of Simeon and Anna demonstrate what it means to be totally yielded to the Lord.
ESS: A life that is yielded to the Lord will be marked by certain traits.
OSS: Believers will commit to living lives that are totally yielded to Christ.
PQ: What does a life that is yielded to Christ look like?
What does a life that is yielded to Christ look like?
b) (Exodus 19:5) “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine..”
(1 Thessalonians 5:22) “Stay away from every kind of evil.”
(Hebrews 10:38) “And my righteous ones will live by faith..."
(2 Corinthians 5:7) “For we live by believing and not by seeing.”
“Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. 37 Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer.”
!!!! a) Control of the Holy Spirit
/(Ephesians 5:18) “Don’t be drunk with
wine, because that will ruin your life.
Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit."/
!!!!! (1) Like Daniel (Daniel 6:16,20)
” The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.”
(27-28) "That day the Spirit led him to the
Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to
present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the
law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took
the child in his arms and praised God..."
(Galatians 5:25) “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives..”
(Galatians 5:16) “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”
(Proverbs 3:5-6) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
!! A- The purpose of the Lord in Salvation (vss. 29-32) “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30 I have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared for all people. 32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
!!! 1- Salvation is for all people.
(John 3:16) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."
(Rom. 10:13) For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
!! B- The purpose of the Lord in the lives of others (vss. 34-35, 38).
!!! 1. Focus (Vs.28)
“He took the child in his arms and praised God,…”
!!! 2. Submission (vs. 29) “now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised."
!!! 3. Witness (vs. 30) “I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people."
A- Now What? What will I do with the truths learned today?
1- What will I do that will insure that my life reflects the right attitude toward God?
2- What will I do this week that will demonstrate absolute obedience to God's Word in a practical way?
3- What will I do to seek to be more "tuned-in" to the leadership of the Holy Spirit this week?
4- What will I do this week in order to attempt to promote the purposes of God?
Song: “I Surrender All”