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Advent 2017

Israel awaited the advent—the coming—of an anointed one, and Christians believe that this waiting was fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. These days, the season of Advent is an annual tradition, as much tied to the pomp and pandemonium of Christmas as decked halls and impulsive purchases. But as old and familiar as Advent may seem, its purpose is nothing of the sort. Advent is an annual reminder that God is doing a new thing in us and in the world. Advent is a season to ready ourselves for the surprise of our lives.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A New Thing (Part 1)

The way that we understand the purpose of Jesus' coming in the flesh dictates our very understanding of God and ourselves. According to John, Jesus is God's living Word, spoken into the darkness of this world and the darkness of our lives.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A New Thing (Part 2)

Mary—just a young girl trying to make it through the joys and hardships of daily life—finds herself caught up in the big picture of what God is doing. She helps us remember our great hope this Advent season.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A New Thing (Part 3)

In his prophecy, Zechariah names Jesus as the fulfillment of God's promises to their ancestors. If this is so, then we have to take into account all of the promises of God, one of which in particular has far reaching implications for the church and the world.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A New Thing (Part 4)

Understanding the reason that Jesus came to us offers critical insight into who God is and the new work that God has called us to do in Christ.

Christmas Eve 2017

A New Thing (Part 5)

The new thing that God began in Christ will find its completion when all things—the world and everything in it—are made new. This is the promise of God in Christ, and it is the promise of Christmas.