Advent Sermon Series 2018
As soon as the last turkey leg is put down, the gravy boat emptied and the dishes from our Thanksgiving meals put back in their place, the stores are hard at work setting up for Christmas. Familiar carols come on the radio and we begin looking for that perfect gift for that special someone.
While it seems that the world is preparing for Christmas, the church often waits to share the story of the birth of Jesus until Christmas Eve.
During the season of Advent (the four weeks leading up to Christmas) we will be looking at the events surround the birth of Jesus and how they continue to speak into our lives today. As we read this story in the light of how we may prepare to have company come over or prepare to go elsewhere to celebrate, we see this familiar story come to life.
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2,6-7
Read: Isaiah 9:6
Reflect: How do the names of Jesus speak into my situation? Which name can I rely on?
Read: Psalm 36:9
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
Homework For This Week: Luke 1:39-56: Read the rest of Mary’s story; her visit with Elizabeth and her Song of Praise. Reflect and pray over these words: “I am favored by God. God wants to do great things through me. One of those things may be…”
Scripture: Luke 2:1-7
Homework: Read James 1:2-4; Write a note of encouragement to someone. Even though things in life may not work out as expected, know and trust that God goes with you. He will provide, maybe not in the way we had hoped or imagined but remember – He is faithful. Praying for you,
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
Homework from this weekend: Read Isaiah 9:2-7; a word of hope, an end to war and a Light shining in the darkness! Micah 5:2-5; an Old Testament prophecy about a Promised Ruler. Matthew 1:18-25; another Gospel account of the birth of Jesus.
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