A Righteous Man Into A Dad

December 10, 2017 – Rev. Ric Shewell

Message Notes
“A Righteous Man into a Dad”

“Joseph, her husband-to-be, was a RIGHTEOUS man…”

dichainos = righteous, “covenant keeper,” law keeper

Deut. 22:13-24: punishment for promiscuous brides…
Deut. 24:1-2: the divorce option…

Rather than following the law, Joseph seeks a more ETHICAL WAY .

Joseph goes beyond the law, beyond the most ethical way, Joseph acts on FAITH.

Joseph ADOPTS Jesus.

What kind of father was Joseph?
“Pray like this: Our Father…”
“Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate…”
“A Father had two sons…”

Next steps:
– Go beyond just lawful, or just ethical. Be attune to new ways God is calling you to love extravagantly.

– Who needs grace that they do not deserve?

– Practice radical hospitality for Christmas Eve.

Suggested reading:
Christmas is Not Your Birthday: Experiencing the Joy of Living and Giving Like Jesus by Mike Slaughter Letters to Marc About Jesus: Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World by Henri Nouwen

Rev. Ric Shewell

About Rev. Ric Shewell: Ric holds a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry from St. Paul School of Theology. He’s passionate about preaching, connecting with people, and comic books.

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