December 22, 2019 • December 22, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: Christmas requires a response. If you receive it, you'll rejoice over it. If you reject it, you'll regret it. The appropriate response to Christmas is to: 1) Receive the gift of Christmas 2) Reciprocate the giving of Christmas 3) Request the coming of the One who came at Christmas 4) Reflect upon Christmas 5) Rejoice because of Christmas
December 15, 2019 • December 15, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: The miracle of Christ's birth is what makes possible the miracle of my second birth. Christmas is first foremost about the miracle birth of Jesus, but Christmas is also about our own miracle birth, i.e. our second birth. As the old Christmas carol goes, "Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing, glory to the new born King."
December 8, 2019 • December 8, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: Christmas from heaven's perspective is the manifestation and gift of the King. Christmas from earth's perspective is the reception and crowning of the King. Jesus is the King of all. Nothing you say, do, or believe will ever change this fact. But, He is only your King if you bow the knee and put the crown on His head.
December 1, 2019 • December 1, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: Christmas is God's mission to rescue sinners from sin. Before Jesus was born, Zacharias (father of John the Baptist) praised God and prophesied that Christmas would be a rescue mission to save sinners from sin. We need a rescuer to rescue us from sin. Sin is not just a theological problem, it is a personal problem. Our sin separates us from God. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world as a human to do for us what we could never do on our own, pay the price of sin. Christmas is ultimately the story of rescue and reconciliation. Christmas is good news!