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Christmas: Our Hope of Glory

A Shared Identity

December 6, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

In this sermon, and for the two sermon's following, we will step away from our study of 1 Peter to focus on Christmas. I enjoy Silver Bells, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, and White Christmas as much as anyone, but to immerse ourselves in the true wonder of Christmas, we must immerse ourselves in the wonder that eternal God has, forever, become one of us. Without question, the Incarnation of God, in the person of Jesus Christ, is the most magnificent, peace-infusing miracle ever. In this sermon, we will explore the true wonder of Christmas and what it means for our lives now and our glory forever. We will also share Communion together, so please have the elements ready. Read John 1:1-18 to prepare.

Christmas: Our Hope of Glory

A Shared Glory • December 20, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

Thus far, in our Advent series, we have learned that, because of Christmas (God becoming one of us forever in Christ), we gain a shared identity with Jesus, which qualifies us to participate in a shared mission with Jesus. All of this, then, leads to a third shocking truth: We enjoy a shared glory with Jesus! One of the ways God reveals his glory in this world and to the spirit realm is by giving his people glory so that we can glorify him. In this sermon, we will conclude our series by exploring how Christmas is our hope of glory, both now and forever. Read Luke 2:1-20, Psalm 8, Hebrews 2:5-18, John 12:20-43, and John 17:18-24 to prepare. Yes, they all tie together!

Christmas: Our Hope of Glory

A Shared Mission • December 13, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross

In the last sermon, we began this year’s Advent series by exploring what it means that eternal God became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. Because of Christmas, we enjoy a shared-identity with our Creator and Savior. In Jesus Christ, we have become sons and daughters of the living God. What this means for our present lives and future glory is nothing short of bewildering. Our shared identity with Jesus is only the beginning. As his followers, we also enjoy a shared-mission with him. Once we come to Jesus, we are called to go with Jesus. In this sermon, which was woven within our special Christmas Celebration services, we will consider our great privilege to partner with Jesus in being the light of the world.