Advent
DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 23
4 weeks
 
Each week we hear Jesus’ command to, “Do this and Remember me.”  In this season of anticipation, we explore four ways in which we can all engage in active expectation that both prepares our hearts and honors Christ as we dedicate our daily lives to not only remembering, but living what we remember.


(All texts are NLT unless otherwise specified.
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December 2, 2018
DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

Jeremiah 33:14-16;  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13;  Luke 21:25-36

SUMMARY
Jeremiah was to inform an idolatrous people that the Lord would not forsake them, even though they had disregarded His love and His ways. He would send a righteous branch of the tree of David to be their king. This king would be eternal, and His reign would be characterized by justice and mercy. We know this one as King Jesus, and he will return to earth once more and take His people unto Himself for all eternity.

December 9, 2018
WAITING WITHOUT STANDING STILL

Malachi 3:1-4;   Philippians 1:3-11;
Luke 3:1-6

SUMMARY
John the Baptist paved the way for the Messiah’s public ministry by proclaiming a baptism of repentance. As the Church awaits Christ’s imminent return, His reign of righteousness, justice and peace continues to guide His followers until He returns in glory. In the meantime, we wait patiently, filled with joy and the power of the Holy Spirit, who sends us into the world to proclaim the Good News of Christ.

December 16, 2018
IS SEEING BELIEVING?

Zephaniah 3:14-20;  Philippians 4:4-7;
Luke 3:7-18

SUMMARY
Questions arise from John and his followers about Jesus’ true identity. The Lord’s response is one encouraging them to see, hear, and understand that He is the one sent by God. On this Third Sunday in Advent, we are reminded that God is always near. He hears our prayers and grants us the joy of His salvation. That precious gift comes to us most clearly in the person of Jesus, who is “God with us.”

December 23, 2018
THE NEW WORLD ORDER

Micah 5:2-5a;  Hebrews 10:5-10;
Luke 1:39-55

SUMMARY
The promised Messiah came into the world to create a new order, one that put an end to sin and separation from God. He was not what the world expected — the Son of God came as an infant, born of a human mother; He wielded no weapons and continually acted in love. Jesus was the fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy of a shepherd ruler from the smallest tribe in Israel, and His love was stronger than death.



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