Sermons

Advent

Advent
Nov 2016 - Dec 2018
Advent is a season of anticipation. We wait for family. We wait for presents. We wait for the celebration. We wait for the day. With each passing day the anticipation builds. But what if never came? What if like cursed Narnia, it was always winter but never Christmas? If that level an anxious anticipation pains you, you are starting to understand Advent. Because Advent is a season pointing us back to entry of One person. One for which the world was pregnant for millennium, Jesus Christ. 
 
Will you come wait and celebrate with us this Advent season. Each Sunday in December we will sing, read scripture, light the Advent wreath, and examine these important hope we share.

Sermons in this series

Love
Sun, Dec 23, 2018
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. - 1 John 4:10–11 (ESV) What part of Christmas celebrations are you most looking forward to? Receiving presents? Giving presents? Spending time with family and friends? We all desire to be loved, especially around Christmas time, but we want that love expressed in different ways for it to seem meaningful to us. Some people call this your 'love language'. Built into Advent is true love. It is love that has been expressed. It has been given not just to those who 'deserve' it or to those who will return it, but has been given to rebels in their rebellion. It's a love that is grander than we can imagine. This Sunday we want to look at this love. Take a few minutes to read John, the 'Apostle of Love', writing to his 'little children' in 1 John 4. It's a simple but important passage not only to display this love, but draw us toward living it out to those around us.
Joy
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. - 1 Peter 1:8–9 (ESV) The angels told the shepherds that their message was 'Good news with great joy.' We throw around the word 'joy' in our decorations and songs of the season, but what is 'joy'? Is it the warm feelings and happiness that we are to find in this season? Does it come from the gifts or celebrations we attend? What happens when the season isn't filled with joy but sadness? How do we find it again? This week we continue in our Advent celebration by looking at the theme of Joy. Take a few minutes to read through 1 Peter 1. These people were scattered and struggling. They feared, wondering if what they heard and believed was worth their lives. In response, Peter points them to true joy. Come this Sunday and see how he points us to find true joy in this Advent season. Also, this is a great week to invite someone to join us.
Peace
Sun, Dec 09, 2018
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” - Luke 2:13–14 (ESV) During this season we see the word 'Peace' beautifully adorned cards and pictures. We echo the words of angels as we sing about peace. We watch the peaceful snow-covered scenes in the movies of the season. We fantasize about experiencing those moments in one of the most frantic, busy, stress-filled times of the year. What ever happened to Peace on Earth? This week as we continue to approach advent we consider this idea of Peace. What were the angels really talking about? How do we find this peace? Is it just something for the Christmas season? Take some time and read through Ephesians 2 which will be our text for Sunday. See if you can find that peace.
Love
Sun, Dec 18, 2016
Duration:41 mins
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9 ESV) Let’s be honest. Christmas is a reciprocal kinda holiday. When we give a gift, we expect something in return. We might only want a ‘thank you’ but we want something. Most of the time we want an equal or greater gift. When we don’t get it, we are a bit disappointed. (Ok - maybe that’s just me!) Because of this ‘rule’ of Christmas, we are a bit picky about who deserves a gift. But what if you got nothing in return. In fact, would you be willing to give a gift to someone that hated you? Probably not, because they deserve something worse than coal for Christmas, right? But this week, I want to tell you about how Christmas, at it’s core, is about unreciprocated giving.
Joy
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
Duration:50 mins
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11 ESV) It was perfect! I had never seen anything like it. As I walked into Lowes, I thought I had hit the Church Christmas Decorating Jackpot. Before my eyes was a giant 6 foot tall J-O-Y, lit from the inside. It was sturdy yet light and it was foldable for easy storage. This was going to be perfect! I went up to it hoping to find it on sale. But I failed to find a price tag. Guessing at the price, I sought out a sale person to verify the cost. “How much for that giant bundle of Christmas J-O-Y?", I asked. The clerk looked above his glasses at me. ‘You don’t really want to know.’ he said. ‘I’m interested in it for a decoration for our church.’ I replied, kinda confused at that moment. ‘More than you can afford', he retorted. He continued, ‘For some reason they only sent us 2 and decided to price them at $1200.’ Wow, that is some pricey joy! We acknowledge that money can’t buy happiness. But as much as we deny it, at Christmas, the large attractive force between ‘things’ and ‘happiness’ prove almost impossible for us to separate. So, is the joy of Christmas in what we give or is it in what we receive? Or maybe the joy of Christmas comes from something we could never afford? This week, we examine the theme of joy. How do we get it? Where does it come from? How do we hold on to it? In addition to our advent reading and worship, we will have a special event from our youth! Bring a friend with you to celebrate this Advent season. And don’t forget to check out what else is going on at Hope, including our party on Sunday night.
Peace
Sun, Dec 04, 2016
Duration:41 mins
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14 ESV) We see it in beautifully scripted fonts on the front of Christmas cards. We sing about it in carols. We hear it recited in pageants. Yet in a season of rushing through activities and conflicts within family, peace seems to be the last thing we feel. Where is the peace the angels sang about? How do we get it? Is it what we think it is? This week, as we continue to celebrate the Advent season, we will look at Peace. Peace is a regular theme in scripture. God is even named the God of Peace. So how do we participate in this peace? Come worship with us and find out. Why not invite someone to join you? The building has been beautifully decorated and I can't wait for the church to gather to celebrate Advent. See you Sunday! Would you like a few free resources to celebrate advent at home? Check out the daily downloadable devotional from Desiring God. Have kids? Try the downloadable coloring pages from the Jesus Storybook Bible
Hope
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
Duration:42 mins
‘I hope I get that ______ for Christmas!’ Fill-in the blank. It’s the plea of every kid and many grown-ups this time of year. We ‘hope’ for something BIG. But our hopes are mere wishes wrapped in wants. Is that all ‘hope’ is? Is it just a wish? This week we will explore where we find hope as Christians. It’s more then a wish. And it has basis that is sure. Come with us as we explore the two vistas of Hope. And see how Advent helps us to see Hope clearly.
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