Christmas 2019
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Join us throughout December on Sundays at 10:30 am as we consider What God says about Christmas.

 

December 1st: Christmas Lived Out (Philippians 2:1-5)

December 8th: Christmas Understood (Philippians 2:6-8)

December 15th: Christmas Recognized (Philippians 2:9-11)

December 22nd: Christmas & the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:18-25)

 

December 1st: Christmas Lived Out

We live in a fractured world and in a culture that is increasingly polarized on nearly every issue. Did you know that the true story of Christmas helps us understand why? We are wonderfully diverse because we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). But in addition to our God-given diversity, we have turned against God (Genesis 2:1-13). We are all sinners (Romans 5:12, 18) who regularly sin (Romans 3:23). Because of this sin problem, our relationship with God is fundamentally fractured. This relationship problem with God results in a world of fractured relationships with one another in a polarized culture. What does Christmas have to do with all of this? Jesus is the solution. In humility, Jesus, the Son of God, left heaven to come and be the solution. By doing so, he counted sinners as more important than himself. Christmas lived out looks like the selflessness of Jesus. This act of selflessness has provided for a right relationship with God and the only way to be unified with other diverse sinners in this fractured world and polarized culture. That unity is a gospel formed unity in Jesus. Diverse and naturally polarized sinners can be unified in a shared experience of God’s saving grace through his Son Jesus. Christmas lived out is a gospel-formed unity that Jesus the Son of God has made possible through his own selflessness (Philippians 2:1-5).  

 

December 8th: Christmas Understood

Christmas lived out is a spirit of gospel formed selflessness that Jesus perfectly displays. But what exactly is Christmas all about? Why is the self-sacrifice of Jesus the solution for this fractured world and polarized culture? What does his selflessness have to do with our broken relationship with God and one another? No one could ever humble himself in the way that Jesus did: He went from the glory of heaven to the humility of being looked at on this earth as just another human being. Christmas is all about the Son of God becoming one of us (Philippians 2:6-7) to die on the cross in our place for our sin (Isaiah 53:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Christmas rightly understood has everything to do with understanding why Jesus came into this world. He was born to die on the cross to provide forgiveness and cleansing for sinners like us (John 1:29).

 

December 15th: Christmas Recognized

Once we understand what it looks like to live Christmas out (selflessly giving ourselves up for others), we should conclude that we desperately need to experience God’s grace in Jesus through salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). When we understand that the Son of God was born into this world to live a righteous life for us and die in our place to cleanse us from our sin, we understand Christmas (Philippians 3:8-9). Understanding Christmas is important, but personally recognizing and acknowledging Christmas is essential. Jesus isn’t just a baby to celebrate at Christmas time. Jesus is the Son of God who became a baby so that he could be the redeemer for sinners like us. After he died on the cross as the redeemer, he was raised from the dead and exalted by God back to heaven. One day every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). Recognizing Christmas in a personal way requires turning from our sin and trusting in Jesus alone for salvation (John 3:36).

 

December 22nd: Christmas and the Birth of Jesus

Christmas lived out has to do with a gospel formed unity that displays the selflessness of Jesus, the Son of God who left heaven and came to this earth to serve sinners like us (Philippians 2:1-5). Christmas understood has to do with understanding that the Son of God left heaven and was born into this world to live and die in our place for our salvation (Philippians 2:6-8). Christmas recognized has to do with acknowledging personally through repentance and faith that Christ’s selfless life, death, and resurrection in our place has to do with who he is and where we will be for all eternity (Philippians 2:9-11). But living out, understanding, and personally recognizing what Christmas is all about would be impossible without the historical birth of the Son of God into this world as a human being named Jesus (Matthew 1:18-25). The historical circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus into this world are remarkable. They have to do with a man named Joseph, a virgin named Mary, the fulfillment of prophecy, and most importantly, the historical circumstances have to do with the Son of God becoming one of us. He was named Jesus because he would save his people from their sin, and he would be referred to as Immanuel because God would be with us on this earth. We live in a world fractured by sin and a culture increasingly polarized by sin. But Jesus is the solution, and Christmas is all about Jesus.

 

December 22, 6:00 pm - Christmas Carol Sing

Join us around the front of the church for Carol Singing, Hot Chocolate, and a Fun Time for the whole family.

 

If you would like to know more about these wonderful truths that we celebrate at Christmas time, please join us throughout December. You can also read more about the gospel of Jesus Christ here.