Posts Tagged ‘Prepare the Way’

An Inconvenient Gospel — Luke 1:26-38

// December 9th, 2015 // 1 Comment » // Sermons

[Read Luke 1:26-38……Then Pray]

We are now in our second week of Advent–our second week of silent, repentant preparation–our second week of waiting. As I thought about this over the past week, I realized there are different kinds of waiting. Waiting isn’t the same for everyone…..especially when it comes to waiting for Advent.

For God’s people, waiting during advent is like waiting for a gift or like waiting for a loved one to return from a long journey. You guys know this feeling. Think back to when you were a child and think back to this time of year. You knew that your parents were buying gifts for you but you didn’t know what they were. You had to WAIT until Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning to open that present. That was a good, exciting type of waiting. As each day passed, you knew you were one day closer to opening that gift. Excitement increased daily. Joy increased daily. There was rejoicing in the midst of that waiting as each day passed. (more…)

Silent, Repentant Preparation — Luke 1:5-25

// December 2nd, 2015 // 1 Comment » // Sermons

[Looooonnnng, Awkward Period of Silence]

Silence……….Waiting……….Preparation………These are all themes of this season–this season of Advent.

As Christians, we organize our year differently than the rest of the world. We don’t organize our year around Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. These holidays aren’t bad. Yet, they also don’t define who we are as a people. As Christians, everything is different. Following Christ changes everything. It changes the way we live, it changes the way we think, AND it changes the way we organize our weeks and years. Our lives are shaped by a different calendar. While the rest of the world is “working for the weekend,” we find ourselves looking toward Sundays and Wednesdays–days where we gather with fellow Christians, worship our Savior, and hear Him speak to us. On a bigger scale our years are shaped and defined by certain holy-days. These are the days that shape our identities as Christians. Our year revolves around Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, etc… (more…)