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Part 2: The Renewing Power of Silence

Luke 1:5-22, 57-80



A.          When routine experiences are altered, old things can take on new                       dimensions            

B.           If we are not going to miss Christmas this year we need to do

              something  that will make us hear what we would normally miss


I. The experience of silence

A. Zechariah’s routine activity

B. The surprise visit from Gabriel

C. Do we ever think of silence as a gift?


II. The product of silence

A. Result of Zechariah’s silence

1. He confirms that the baby’s name is John

2. His silence is broken and he praises God

B. It’s hard to get a handle on the wonder of Christmas in the

middle of chaos

C. Praise and worship to God is cultivated in the quiet




Pastor Ryan White

Part 1: Refueled by Focus - 2 Peter 1:16-21


Our world is INCREASINGLY filled with DISTRACTION.

This causes us to just SKIM THE SURFACE


If Jesus IS who SCRIPTURE says He is…

This changes E____________________________.—VS. 16

              He is our Lord.  He is our Savior.

              He is God’s Chosen One.  (the Messiah, the Christ)

              Daniel 7:13-14; Isaiah 9: 6-7


Peter E___________________________ the TRUTH.—VS. 16-18

              With his eyes.  With his ears.  With all his senses.

              Matt. 17:1-8



We have the prophetic message as something completely reliable.

—NIV (2011)


Peter’s experience simply C________________ what the

SCRIPTURES have always said to be true.—VS. 19


We MUST P______ A___________________ to God’s Word.

—VS.  19



Like a L____________ shining in a D_________ P___________.

—VS. 19


What am I waiting for? Transformation through the Scriptures

A H______________ C__________________ that results in a

L______________ C___________________.—VS.19


Why is God’s Word so powerful?  

2 Tim. 3:16-17, Josh. 1:8; Heb. 4:12-13; James 1:22


Focused Time with God’s Word.  5, 10, 15