Advent & Christmas 2014

Advent is a word that comes from the Greek parousia, which means second coming.   It’s not a celebration that’s mandated in the bible, but Christians in the west have spent the 4 weeks before Christmas celebrating this for centuries. Thinking about what the bible has to say regarding Jesus’s return.
Christmas is a time when we remember the birth of Jesus Christ.  As we look at Luke's Gospel we will see that God planned the right time and the right place for Jesus to be born.  Also that the message of Christmas can take our fear and turn it into Joy through Jesus Christ.  A message to be wondered at, treasured and pondered upon.

Romans 8 Reading             Pastor John Piper

 The true Christian knows they are a child of God, because they hate sin, love God, and pray to the Father for the Spirit to lead them as they suffer through the world of sin and kill the sin in themselves.

John Owen "be killing sin or it will be killing you

Luke 2:14              Christmas Week - From Fear to Joy through Christ
December 28th  2014, Pastor John Geaney

As the Angel of the Lord appeared to some Shepherds on a hill side they were terrified to be standing in the glory of God without knowing Jesus. Turning fear into joy through Christ, came to them and can to us through the message of the gospel.

Luke 2:6-7               Christmas Eve - Right Time, Right Place
December 24th  2014, Pastor John Geaney

How much room will you give to Jesus this Christmas?  When we open the bible we discover that this is one amazing epic story that goes from before the creation of the world through on into eternity future.  GOd had planned the right time and the right place for Jesus to be born.

Romans 8:27-30               ADVENT 4 - 1st Born 
December 21st  2014, Pastor John Geaney

Is God fair?  The question at the heart of this passage, in the context of suffering it is always the question that will get asked.  This passage answers that question with an emphatic yes, in order that we might have assurance in our faith in Jesus.

Romans 8:18-27               ADVENT 3 - Birth Pains
December 14th 2014, Pastor John Geaney

This passage is to encourage us to see that all pain is taking us to life, even when are physically dying, even when we are physically suffering that we are laboring into new life.

So the big aim is to enable us to understand suffering and be able to deal with it when it happens and still be able to say from our lips and believe in our hearts that God is good.

Romans 8:12-17               ADVENT 2 - The battle for Glory
December 7th 2014, Pastor John Geaney

 The true Christian knows they are a child of God, because they hate sin, love God, and pray to the Father for the Spirit to lead them as they suffer through the world of sin and kill the sin in themselves.

John Owen "be killing sin or it will be killing you

Matthew 19:27-29               ADVENT 1 - A New World
November 30th 2014, Pastor John Geaney

God’s Kingdom belongs to those who come to Jesus saying I have nothing good to bring to you.  All I have is brokenness and sin.  I am completely dependent upon you for help.  

Advent is important because the gospel is about a relationship not a religion with Jesus &  Advent is important because it’s about a perspective of what’s valuable and what’s not.


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