November 29 – What’s Going On? – Matthew 21:1-9 The season of Advent begins with the Triumphal entry of Jesus. A natural question would be, “What is this doing here? This is Palm Sunday stuff. Our preparation for Christmas begins with a reminder of what it is all about–Jesus rode into Jerusalem to go to the cross.
December 6 – Luke 21:25-36 – Will You Be Ready? -The readings for this Sunday teach us about the return of Jesus to judge the world and of our need to prepare for it. The Gospel lesson describes the end times and the appearance of Jesus coming on the clouds with great power and great glory. We are to know the signs of the times and to be ready and watching for His coming. We will get into the specifics of what that means as we look at God’s Word together.
December 13 – Are You the One? – Matthew 11:2-10 – John the Baptist was in prison and sent some of his disciples to Jesus to ask if Jesus was the promised Savior. Jesus sent them back with a message to assure John that He was. Many today still ask if Jesus is the One. We say He is. But do we really believe that? Do we live that way? What does it mean to say that He is the One true Savior? How should we respond to that?
December 20 – Do You Believe the Lord Will Do as He Said? – Luke 1:39-56 – The Gospel lesson is the account of Mary visiting Elizabeth. Upon greeting Mary, Elizabeth utters the words, “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said.” What the Lord had said through Gabriel was amazing, almost unbelievable. Yet Mary, in faith, trusted that the words were true. God says some pretty amazing things to us. Do we take Him at His Word? Do we step out in faith as Mary did? The miracle of Christmas and the empty tomb of Easter should inspire us to do just that. But do we? Do we take up that radical call to discipleship trusting that Jesus’ upside down version of the way things work is true?
December 27 – Patient and Faithful – Luke 2:22-40 – What do you want to be like at the end of your life? What do you want to have accomplished? We may not have done a lot of thinking about this, but we should. In this message we are going to look at two older people whose lives ended well. They seemed to know how to live life with power and meaning. We will think about our legacy as we consider their “witness” to Jesus.