You can have peace in a world that does not know peace. We can live in God’s peace on the earth now and in the coming Kingdom. The shepherds in Luke 2 exemplify hearing and responding to the Gospel.
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” Luke 2:10 NKJV
On the Second Sunday of Advent we light the Bethlehem Candle and think about the kind of faith Mary and Joseph had to follow God despite their circumstances.
I don’t know what happened last year but looking back at the website archives reminded me that I did not get to preach on the first Sunday of Advent back in 2019. I had a sermon prepared and wrote up a blog post but there must have been severe weather or a lot of sickness or something that caused us to call off church service. So here we go, “A New Hope” the first of four Advent sermons that’s been one year in the making.
The Advent season has been a regular part of our worship service for a few years. It is a season of preparation that help us focus on the tings that are most important. If you are unfamiliar with Advent this post should be helpful. The dates for the Advent Sundays this year, 2020, are as follows:
November 29 – Hope
December 6 – Faith
December 13 – Joy
December 20 – Peace
We will read passages of scripture, sing hymns and hear sermons based on these themes each week as well as light the corresponding candles of the Advent wreath. Jesus is the light of the world and we looking forward to celebrating that together in worship. We will also take communion on November 29th so a little something extra that will go along nicely with our focus on hope and prophecy.
Remember the words of the prophets and the teachings of the Apostles when scoffers ask “when is the Lord returning? Things continue as they always have.” A thousands years is like a day to the Lord. He is not slack concerning his promises and the Day of the Lord will come.
Peter warned that false prophets had come before and false teachers would arise in the future. As we finish 2nd Peter 2 we will see what we are to do about that.
I don’t know how much crossover there is between this church website and my blog The Master’s Table. I’d like to share with this audience a project I’ve been working on over there for the past several weeks. At The Master’s Table we’ve been working through the Book of Hebrews, one chapter each week. Read each chapter first, either from your own Bible and then keep it open to that page for reference, or use the link provided at the top of each post to Bible Gateway. My translation of choice is the ESV, English Standard Version, but Bible Gateway has many English translations (and many other languages) available. I sometimes refer to the working of other translation, such as the King James, just like I do when preaching.Continue reading
Peter warned early Christians that false prophets had always been around and that false teachers would rise up in the future. Our faith is not in man-made myths or fables but the eyewitness accounts of the resurrected Lord and Savior.
Going to work through a series on 2nd Peter before Thanksgiving and Advent. Here’s a few reminders he left believers of things we need to add to faithfulness. It’s all stuff believers know but it never hurts to be reminded.