Posts in Advent (season)
Matthew 2:13-23 || Dreaming of a Kingdom

Dreamers (2018 Advent Study) Series || As we conclude our ‘Dreamers’ Advent series, we once again see God using dreams to orchestrate His plans. Through these dreams we are reminded that often times God’s ways are not our ways, but we see through Joseph’s obedience how we must submit to the Lord’s directing, because His plan is for our good and protection, and ultimately to fulfill His will.

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Matthew 1:18-25 || Dreaming of a Savior

Dreamers (2018 Advent Study) Series || CS Lewis once said ‘Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth: a myth working on us the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened: and one must be content to accept it in the same way, remembering that it is God’s myth where the others are men’s myths.’ The incredible story told in Matthew 1:18-25, the angel’s appearance in Joseph’s dream, the virgin birth, and the arrival of Immanuel, are all true! And we also find in this story that Joseph isn’t simply a prop in your church’s nativity play, but instead a just man who believed and obeyed God.

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Hebrews 12:1-3 || The Lord of All

Long Expected (Advent 2017) Series || In this Long Expected series, we have seen how Jesus perfectly fulfills the roles of Man, Prophet, Priest and King, giving Him the titles Man of Hope, Prophet of Peace, Priest of Joy, and King of Love. As we conclude this series we are reminded He has another title; Lord of All. How does Jesus' first Advent impact us? Since Jesus is the Lord of all, what is required of us?

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Hebrews 1 || The King of Love

Long Expected (Advent 2017) Series || CS Lewis said in Mere Christianity 'Christ says, "Give me All. I don't want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good...Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked--the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will shall become yours.'" Jesus is the King who sits enthroned forever, and He demands entire surrender, and our absolute allegiance.

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Hebrews 7:1-28 || The Priest of Joy

Long Expected (Advent 2017) Series || Who is Melchizedek? Is he a random, insignificant Old Testament figure? What does he have to do with the priesthood of Jesus? And what does all of this have to do with Advent? Hebrews 7 helps answer these questions, and shows us how Christ's priesthood is superior to the Levitical priesthood which makes Jesus our Priest who is forever interceding on our behalf, and through whom we are grafted in as God’s children (branch).

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Hebrews 2:5-18 || The Man of Hope

Long Expected (Advent 2017) Series || Prophecies like Numbers 24:17 and Zechariah 6:12-13 filled the Jewish people with a hope that God would one day send a Deliverer. The star, the branch, and the scepter became symbols associated with this messianic figure who would fill the roles of Prophet, Priest and King. Prophet: The One who reflects the Light of God’s Word (star). Priest: The One interceding on our behalf and through whom we are grafted in as God’s children (branch). King: The One who will reign over all creation forevermore (scepter). In this first sermon of our Advent (meaning “arrival” or “coming”) series we reflect on the first coming of Jesus, this long expected Messiah, the Son of God, who humbled Himself by entering our world as a little baby, and rejoice that He is our Prophet, Priest and King.

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