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Sermons in this series
Sun, Dec 31, 2023
Paul's view of Jesus in Colossians is exalted. Nonetheless, the exalted Christ lived a fully embodied life. In fact, he was the fullness of God in human form. Our final "waxing" in Christmas brings us back to the 2023 theme: In Christ - Jesus as the core. We'll revisit the 5 blessings of being "in Christ," 4 meanings of the phrase, and what it looks like to have Jesus at the core of our thinking, spending, doing, and relating.
Sun, Dec 17, 2023
The author of Hebrews waxes advent. Providing a "word of encouragement" (13:22) to his Jewish-Christian readers who are tempted to return to their religious roots. Pressure in Judea is high for followers of Jesus. Nonetheless, he insists they keep their eyes fixed on their the author and perfecter of their faith. Jesus has died for them, forged them into a new family, and defeated Satan. He did this by become lowly. His human experience gave him firsthand experience with humility. Not only did he save us, but he also showed us how to live lowly.
Sun, Dec 10, 2023
The early church was a confessing community. The gospel was its foundation. It shaped them into godly people. This good news of Jesus unveiled a mystery spoken by God from history's first days. Paul waxes on this mystery in his first letter to Timothy. A brief hymn takes center stage in the letter describing the revelatory work of Jesus. The hymn steels us against false teaching and selfish living. It invites us to wait, wonder, and worship King Jesus.
Sun, Dec 03, 2023
Paul waxes advent in Galatians 4:4, where he describes the birth of Jesus in the "fullness of time." Jesus entered time to redeem it. Unfortunately, many of us suffer the ravages of time. We're busy, rushed, and distracted. This sermon provides a brief history of time and its myths; a theology of time and its key moment; and ways to embrace time.
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