Take some time with family and friends to stop and reflect on why we celebrate at Christmas. Because it isn't just about celebrating Christmas well. It's about responding well to the story of Christmas.
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 - Jeff Doolittle - The ways we think, speak and act tell a story to the world around us. What gets our attention, what we choose to spend our time on, the way we react in various circumstances—these things reveal to others what we believe to be true about ourselves and our God. So what story are you telling with your life? As we read the scriptures, we come to realize that our personal stories are part of a larger story—His story. Christ is Now Here, and our lives are meant to reflect this truth. At Christmas we have an opportunity to stop and reflect on God's bigger story and the part we are called to play in it. The hope is that the days we set apart to celebrate have an impact on every day that follows. What story will your life tell?
Matthew 1 / Luke 1 - Coleman Diffenderfer - How we tell a story matters. Join us as we look at the Christmas story form the perspective of the people who experienced the coming of Jesus first hand. Many people came to see the newborn King of the Jews and they all responded to the presence of Jesus. How will we respond to the presence of Jesus? How will we tell His story?
Isaiah 53 - Jeff Doolittle - The people of God were in exile. They were far from the land of promise. Far from everything they once knew and expected from life. For decades, they lived under the rule of an oppressive regime, wondering if God would ever show them favor again. In the midst of their exile, God spoke to the prophet Isaiah. He showed Isaiah his plan to bring his people out of exile. But God intended far more than a simple return to the land they once knew. God's intent was to bring them out of not only their physical exile, but their spiritual exile as well. God knew they didn't just need a location change, but a heart change. God knew what they needed was a Savior.
John 1 - Jeff Doolittle - As Christians, during the Advent season, many of us express a desire to have Jesus as the focal point. We want to keep Christ in Christmas. But over the centuries, people have expressed various viewpoints and perspectives about who Jesus was. We can talk about having Jesus in our homes for Christmas, but who exactly are we inviting into our homes? This is a crucial question, because if we misunderstand Jesus, we misunderstand not only everything about Christmas that matters, but everything that matters about life itself.