I’ve preached tons of sermons over the years, but – until two years ago – I never was the primary pulpit minister. As a result, I seldom had to present a holiday message. Many of my colleagues in ministry have shared the opinion that “holiday preaching” is one of the most challenging tasks in all of ministry. And now I tend to agree with them.
It is an amazing story…a life-changing story…that we cannot take for granted.
In this series of messages, we will explore the lives of some familiar characters in the Christmas story and see how God made His presence known before the birth of Jesus. Speaking through angels and dreams, God showed up – in critical moments – to meet the heart-felt needs of His children. And through Jesus, God still shows up to meet our needs today.”
When We’re Disillusioned (Luke 1:5-25)
The story of Zechariah & Elizabeth as they desperately wait to become parents
When We Least Expect (Luke 1:26-38)
The story of Mary and the angel’s announcement of her impending pregnancy
When We’re Confused (Matthew 1:18-25)The story of Joseph after he learns of Mary’s pregnancy
When Life is Hard (Luke 2:1-7)
The story of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus in the manger
Postscript: Do We Sincerely Want God to Show Up? (Matthew 2:1-12)
The contrasting stories…and contrasting purposes…of Herod and The Wise Men
And I'm trusting that when God does show up, He will do so in an intensely personal way...desiring to work through us and in us...just as he did for our ancestors in the faith, during that very first Christmas season.