December Newsletter

As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  No, it’s not because deer season is at hand (sorry all you hunters!) It is the season where we celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The season of Advent, which begins on December 1st , means “coming” or “arrival” and is the celebration of the Savior of the world leaving His home in heaven to come to earth, as the apostle Matthew wrote, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

Indeed, God became one of us in the incarnation. God became man and came to us so that He might bring God to us. Jesus taught frequently in His ministry, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” He came to bring God to us so that we might know Him personally.

This Advent season we will celebrate each Sunday by and through a new sermon series entitled, “The Cast of Christmas.” Each week we will look at the Biblical account of the incarnation and learn about the cast of people involved.

On December 1, we will investigate how the prophets predicted the coming of the Messiah.  We will look at Isaiah’s, Micah’s, and David’s prophecies who predicted that the Savior would be born in Bethlehem to a virgin and the child would be Mighty God in the flesh.

On December 8, we will read from Luke’s account of the angel Gabriel coming to Mary to tell her that she would conceive and bear a Son, even though a virgin. Angels played a prominent role in the Advent of Christ and so we will look at their role on this Sunday.

On December 15 we will take an in depth look at the shepherds who came to worship the new born Savior in Bethlehem. As the shepherds met the child, they worshipped Him and celebrated His coming. We too will worship and celebrate His Advent on this special day.

On December 22 we will read Matthew’s account of the Magi coming to worship the King. We will see their humility and love as they took a very long journey to meet and worship the King. We will see the Advent through the eyes of men seeking to meet the King that would change the world.

 On Christmas Eve at 9:00, we will take time to consider the reason the Christ left His home in heaven and came to earth. Namely, He came to us because He loved us and desired to save us as Matthew recorded, “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” That is the real reason Christ came to us. It wasn’t so we could sing “Santa Baby” (did I mention how much I detest that song!) or even so that we could have family gatherings, as important and meaningful as they are.

The real reason Christ came was for YOU and ME!  In love, He came to save every sinner who would believe in Him and trust Him as Lord. 

This season, please join us every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to worship and learn about the cast of people involved in the Advent. You will be blessed as you worship and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. While you’re coming each week, please bring along someone you know who doesn’t have a church home. We all know someone who is seeking something that’s missing in their lives, so be bold and confident and give them a personal invitation to hear the Christmas message this season.

                                               

Peace!

 

Pastor Tom