Sermons on Advent

Sermons on Advent

Christmas Sermon Series 2018

In the Fields of Bethlehem

The first people to hear the Advent message were shepherds, a group considered in the culture of that day to be untrustworthy outcasts. The shepherds were terrified as they saw a glimpse of divine holiness and might. But the angel spoke with the reassuring message, “Fear not.” The good news for all people presented by the angel is a message of forgiveness and great joy. The High King of Heaven came into our world to bring grace. He is Emmanuel, God with us.
Christmas Sermon Series 2018

A Birth in Bethlehem

The account of the birth of Jesus in Luke 2:1-7 reveals much about three attributes and the character of God. God is sovereign: the mighty emperor of the Roman empire became the unwitting servant of God to fulfill prophecy (Micah 5:2). God is faithful: every detail foretold concerning the birth of the Messiah came to pass. God is humble: Christ came to our world, to seek and save the lost.
Jesus, Our Emmanuel

Jesus, Our Emmanuel

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not…

Christ the Lord

Luke 2:10-11 affirms the identity and mission of the baby born at Christmas. Jesus is a Savior for all people, our Savior from sin’s penalty and its rule over us. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah (one anointed to perform a certain task). He fulfilled the roles of a prophet, priest, and king. Jesus is Lord, God the Son who has sovereign authority. God has acted in history to bring grace to us through Christ — will you accept His…

Worship at Jesus’ Feet

The second chapter of Matthew traces the steps of the magi as they bow at the feet of Jesus. The cruel tyrant, Herod, refused to bow due to hostility toward anyone who might threaten his rule. The chief priests and scribes knew the prophesies about the promised birth of the Messiah but were indifferent and did not pursue the Christ or bow before Him. The Wise Men, however, sought for Jesus, listened to what the Scriptures told about Him, and joyfully offered Him their gifts and their worship. Let us cast aside our hostility and indifference toward Christ the Savior and do the same.

Christmas Changes How We Look at Things

In chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus interacting with various groups of people and reminding them (and us) that our hearts are often hardened toward the things of God. It is necessary to receive Him like a child, to put away any idols in our heart which crowd out God, and to serve others. In Mark 10:45 Jesus explains the reason for His entry into our world: For even the Son of Man came not to…

The First Gospel

Genesis 3 chronicles Adam and Eve’s disobedience, guilt, and punishment. All of mankind’s enmity (opposition) to the serpent (Satan) is predicted. God also promises the eventual crushing of Satan through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. Believers in Christ today can resist temptation—we are no longer slaves to sin. In the future Satan will be completely and ultimately destroyed. Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said…
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Jesus the Promised Messiah

What can we learn from the genealogy of Jesus found in the first chapter of Matthew? This sometimes overlooked list reveals that God is omnipotent, working out His purposes in history. God is also faithful to fulfill His promises. No one has ever trusted Him in vain. Finally, the genealogy shows God’s grace. Jesus was willing to be born through a line of sinners to come int the world and redeem us. Jesus, the Christ, is the messiah, the one anointed by God to pay the penalty for our sin and bring us peace with God.
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His Name Shall Be Called

“Thanks be unto God for His indescribable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15) Jesus is God’s love gift to a dark and gloomy world. In Isaiah 9:6-7, each of the names of Jesus reveal a priceless gift from God to us. He is our Wonderful Counselor – our source of divine wisdom. He is Mighty God – to be revered. He is Everlasting Father who loves us, and finally, He is our Prince of Peace bringing peace by having our guilt removed when we trust Him for salvation.
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Truth: The Story of Pilate

John 18:33-38 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world,…
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Worship: The Story of the Magi

Matthew 2:1-12 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired…
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Salvation: The Story of the Shepherds

Luke 2:8-20 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city…