Part 1: A Promise Kept
November 26, 2017 – Phill Kwon
The genealogy of Christ in Matthew chapter 1 is one of the most overlooked passages in the New Testament, but it is incredibly important to discuss in the Advent season. This list of 42 names stands for a verifiable promise of God that was kept for generation after generation. While the world feeds on fairy tales and desires for a Hallmark Channel perfect Christmas, scripture provides a truth that we should not dismiss.
Part 2: Endure
December 3, 2017 – Phill Kwon
As a community of individuals, the Lord is calling us to walk in Christ-likeness, enduring shame and suffering for the sake of those who are lost and vulnerable. Joseph was a picture of the kind of obedient endurance his adopted son would take upon himself. Now we who have been set free and are welcomed into the family of God – who can we carry this Christmas?
Part 3: Friends & Enemies
December 10, 2017 – Chris Plekenpol
As much as our culture loves Christmas, the reality is that most people are, like Herod and the scribes, at best ambivalent about Christ’s arrival. In fact many people are openly hostile towards the idea of Jesus being the true King (and all the implications that go with that). What is your response?
Part 4: Faith Upon Faith
December 17, 2017 – Chris Plekenpol
God is calling us to live by faith rather than grasping for control in our fear. The Cross of Jesus Christ is the ultimate picture of that. Even when Jesus could have taken control of his circumstances, he instead submitted to his Father’s will so that he could claim us as his inheritance. Consider your life circumstances. Are you living by faith, or are you being driven by fear?