December 1 – Matthew 24:36-44 – Taken or Left Behind – In this Scripture Jesus emphasizies the need to watch and be alert as we await His second coming. We have no idea when He will return, so we must be vigilent. When He comes, some will be taken and others left behind. We, of course, want to be numbered among those who are taken. How can we be sure of that? We will answer that question as part of the message.
December 8 – Matthew 3:1-12 – Preparing the Way, Clearing the Road – John the Baptist was called by God to prepare the way for Jesus. He called upon people to repent of their sins and turn to God. People who do not know Jesus need to get ready to meet Him. We can prepare them by explaining their need for forgiveness, demonstrating Christ’s teaching by our conduct, and telling them how Christ can give their lives meaning. We can “clear the road” for Him by correcting misconceptions taht might be hindering people from coming to Christ. How are we helping those around us to welcome Jesus?
December 15 – Isiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 11:2-15 – Hope – The word ‘hope’ is one that we hear quite often during the Advent/Christmas season. Hope is what Christmas is all about. Isaiah pictures for us what we can look forward to after the great judgment when life will be peaceful at last and everything will be made right. That Jesus is the One in whom our hope is found brought hope to a hopeless John the Baptist.
December 22 – Matthew 1:18-25 – Joseph’s Story –This is Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus. Matthew tells us that Joseph was prepared to divorce Mary until he was visited by an angel. We will consider Joseph as a man of great strength and integrity. We will consider the implications of his decision to do as God instructed. And we will consider our own commitment to do as God instructs, regardless of the cost.
Midweek Advent Worship, December 4, 11, 18 – Immanuel – The theme for our midweek Advent series is Immanuel, which means, God with us. Each week we will focus on one aspect of Jesus as Immanuel. Jesus is God; Jesus is Human; Jesus is With Us.
December 29 – February 23 – The Fruit of the Spirit 5 –This will be a nine week series in which we look at the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:16-26 – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control. As we have celebrated the birth of our Savior, we now ask, what it means to live as children of God filled with His Spirit.