Likely the reason that “Love” is included as a theme in Advent is because we see the baby Jesus as an indication of God’s love for us. And while that’s true, there’s another aspect of this story that has much to tell us about what God’s love is like. In this message from Matthew 1, Sabrina shares with us how Joseph and the way he loves Mary and the baby Jesus is an excellent model of Jesus’ love for us. Listen to the audio below.
Advent :: Love (Sermon delivered by Sabrina)
God’s revolution is to entirely change our understanding of what we should value and pursue. Where the world lauds upward mobility and power, we are to embrace *downward* mobility and humility. And when we read what’s referred to as Mary’s “magnificat” in response to what God is doing through her, we see that she is in fact signing up for this life-changing revolution. Listen and be challenged to do likewise in this message from Luke, chapter 1.
Advent | Mary the Revolutionary – Pastor Bum
When we picture the angel Gabriel speaking to Mary, letting her know that she would give birth to Jesus, we often have an idyllic image of a serene holy moment. Christmas cards often portray it this way. But what we see in scripture is that it must have been terrifying for Mary to have Gabriel appear before her with this news. And in the face of the extreme cost that would come with saying yes to this message, there is much we can learn from Mary’s reaction of FAITH.
Advent – Mary’s Reaction of Faith – Pastor Bum
Christmas is only a week away! As a church we’ve spent the past four weeks focusing on the different aspects of the advent season – the period of time where we await the celebration of God being born into the world.
Catch up on any of the messages you might have missed as we prepare to celebrate Christmas in less than a week!
Sermon Audio – Week 1: Hope – “The story of Tamar is a story of hope *because* it’s so screwed up. Jesus’ glory and perfection and cleaning work is even that much more powerful. …”
Sermon Audio – Week 2: Love – “Love isn’t a choice between loving God and loving others. Rather, we are loving one another – our family, friends, strangers – by loving God and we love God by loving one another. It’s one and the same. …”
Sermon Audio – Week 3: Joy – “In choosing to die for us, Jesus takes the crown of life off of His head and places it on each one of us so that we can have life. And why does he do this? Because He has to? Because it’s that time of year? No. Because He is filled with joy. And He says, “I will do that ten times over, so that I can adopt you into my family. …”
Sermon Audio – Week 4: Peace – “So the question when it comes to having peace really is: Do you believe that God is with you? Do you believe that in the midst of whatever circumstances you might be in, that He is with you and speaking to you? …”