Douglas James Wilson • Sermon • • 1,314 views
INTRODUCTION: One of the most familiar elements of the Christmas story is the star of Bethlehem. But at the same time, it remains one of the most unknown features of the story—because unlike the wise men, we don’t really look straight at it. THE TEXT: “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him,…
Yesterday was the Twelfth and final Day of Christmas. Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord. Epiphany is a Greek word that means “to shine forth.” Epiphany is the manifestation of the light of Christ to the Gentiles. This revealing was foretold by the prophet Isaiah, “Arise,…
Matthew 2:1-12 (morning worship) Sermon Details: The events following Jesus' birth and the unexpected expedition of the Magi reveal how special this newborn baby really was. Sermon Points: #1 An Unexpected Expedition (1-2) #2 A Deceitful Ruler (3-8) #3 A Miraculous Star (9-10) #4 A Child-King Worshiped (11) #5 A Dream Warning (12) Preacher: Daniel Pelichowski
Signs of Christmas
The sign of Christ’s birth, the star, was foretold centuries before by a gentile, and it led the first gentiles to the young Jesus. In what ways are you following the signs and directions given to you by God?
God Became a Child
Advent teaches us about learning to search like you’re gonna find what you’re looking for. Seeking (in the Bible) is the sure-fire way to find God, and while some of us are incredibly resistant to look, he promises that is where we will find him. In the kingdom of God, it isn’t about the kind of search you’re on- but if your search leads you to the incarnated love of God- to incarnating the love of God in palpable acts of waiting and searching for him.