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This Sunday December 8, 2013
Sermon: Christ in the Carols: The Savior
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10
Christ in the Carols
Advent brings Christianity to the forefront of our culture. Even through the crowded marketing of Santa Claus and cute Coca-Cola polar bears, the story of God coming to earth in the person of Jesus Christ is heard on our radios, seen in Nativities, and told in Christmas pageants. As the church has celebrated and commemorated the moment of God’s incarnation, we have relied heavily on Christmas carols as a way to express particular parts of the Christmas story. Many of these carols have been instrumental in shaping the modern church and derive from two important types of Advent Scripture: Anticipation and Adoration. During this advent, our study will begin with the anticipatory carols we find in the book of Isaiah and then move to those of adoration in the Gospels. Together, we will dig deeper into the ideas and emotions expressed by believers throughout the ages as we unlock the meaning of Christmas through the lens of Christmas carols.
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Responding to the Call
This fall we have all journeyed together toward a deeper understanding of Jesus’ Great Co-Mission. We started with the proposition: we are consecrated, and called to go on mission with Jesus to make disciples. Next, we looked at an illustration of this calling by examining Luke’s perspective on the least, the last, and the lost. We learned that God’s grace makes us just in His presence and calls us to live justly in the world. We now seek to apply these lessons. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus gives us three words that outline the necessary application of His call on our lives: Going, Baptizing, and Teaching.
Our study of these points of application leads us to an unexpected place in Scripture, the book of Exodus. Through looking at God’s call on Moses’ life and studying his response, we will find clear instruction on how to be a church that is living out the Great Co-Mission.