What would Christmas be like without songs? For most of us, these songs help us to get in the spirit of Christmas. But what happens when you find yourself on the outside of Christmas looking in? The Good News is that those who find themselves in an unexpected place (outside the Christmas story) Christ comes to invite you in.
Life is full of interruptions; good, bad, and divine. The story of Christmas reminds us that God comes even in the midst of our interruptions. There are moments where God’s plan interruptions our plan. When this happens, we are face with the decision to obey God’s plan or not. In this sermon, we discuss how Joseph’s faithfulness reveals God’s plan for all of humanity.
In a world where we define greatness as “bigger, better, and more,” the kingdom of God redefines greatness. In Matthew 11, we encounter Jesus giving a rank of greatness to John the Baptist. After further review of his resume, we expect such words to be spoken. But, what Jesus says next takes everyone by surprise. It causes us to question what it really means to be great in the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God comes like an unexpected gift. When John prepares the way for the kingdom of God he does so in a way that opposes everything we consider to be kingdom material. In this sermon, we have an open and honest discussion about the need for confession. When we learn to confess all that is wrong within us, we discover all that is right with God. We learn that Jesus came to declare us worthy.
Christmas is about expectation. When our expectations are met or exceeded, we feel as if we have truly celebrated Christmas the right way. But if those expectations are not met, Christmas can leave us in a state of disappointment. When we read the Christmas story we are reminded that it is full of the unexpected. In this series leading up to Christmas, we will look at what happens when our expectations are met with the unexpected ways of God. This week we learn about the unexpected arrival of Jesus. It might not be what you expect.
Is thankfulness an obligation for you to meet or an overflow from your heart? In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he instructs to give thanks always. For most of us we need to put an asterisk beside “always.” While we do not deny the reality of our blessings, it becomes increasingly difficult to ignore the reality of our burdens too. In this sermon, we consider what it means to be thankful even when we do not feel like giving thanks.