Advent 2019

The Whys of Christmas

It’s Advent season, again. I suspect some of you may love the feelings of Christmas, but you are not as excited to hear the stories of Advent yet again.

We need to guard against familiarity. The challenge for seasoned believers is that as they enter Advent yet again for the umpteenth time, they enter with fresh eyes and new wonder. While you may have heard the Advent story for years, I want to encourage you hear it again with wonder and excitement.

The Advent sermon series I’ve prepared this year is THE WHYS OF CHRISTMAS.

  • December 1, Why the Genealogies? (Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 2:35-38)
  • December 8, Why the Virgin Birth? (Matthew 1:8-25; Luke 1:26-28)
  • December 15, Choir Christmas Musical; Why the Name Jesus? (Matthew 1:21)
  • December 22, Why the Wise Men? (Matthew 2:1-12)

The goal of the sermon series is to go deeper into these questions so we come away with a greater sense of amazement of what God did in sending His Son, Christ, to be our Savior.

This is also the reason we produced this devotional guide. My hope is that you will use this devotional guide every day through this Advent season. When you ponder the weekly sermons on the whys of Advent, my prayer is that you will experience hope, peace, joy and love in Christ.

Parents, I want to encourage you to use this devotional guide every day with your children. The Advent season is a great opportunity to teach theology to your children. Use the sermons I preach on Sunday mornings to explore the meaning of Advent with your children.

And may God deepen our love for Christ and the story of Advent.

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