Every year during the month of December we take time to celebrate a holiday that has come to be known as Christmas. Initially this time began with a desire to celebrate the birth of our savior two thousand years ago but has over time, like many things, become man centered rather than Christ centered. It is our desire as a church to redeem the meaning of this time and celebrate the coming of the most notable person of all, our God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
What is advent?
Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
Derived from a latin world adventus meaning “coming”
Which coming or arrival of Christ do we celebrate?
As church history would have it, the celebration of advent began with the anticipation of seconding coming of Christ in judgment to release His children from the clutches of this world. But, in time the season began to be accompanied by the celebration of Christ first advent in Bethlehem. The celebration of the birth of Christ with his anticipated second coming are both part of God’s greater picture of redemption and should not be separated from each other during the Christmas season, just as the cross and the empty tomb are equally important within the resurrection season. In these next four weeks we will celebrate the Christmas season by being reminded of God’s greater story and what role the first and second comings of Christ play in this beautiful redemption plan of God. Historically the church would spend the first half of the advent season meditating the future coming of christ while spending the second half remembering the first advent in Bethlehem. We plan to do the same as me move closer to the December 25th holiday where we will celebrate the divine birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Advent Sermon Series 2017
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