Prepare The Way

Advent marks the beginning of another year in the cycle of Scriptures that presents the narrative of the love of God revealed to the world.
December 2 – The first week of Advent points directly at Christ’s coming. Even though there is some apocalyptic language, the overall tenor of this Sunday is one of hope and encouragement. Though fear and foreboding are significant elements of this event, Jesus says, “Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Lk. 21:28). Signs will be given, and God’s people must be alert, constantly praying for strength, in preparation to “stand before the Son of Man” (Lk. 21:36, NRSV).
December 9 – Week two begins with the question from Malachi, “who can stand when he appears?” (Mal. 3:2), which serves as a hinge point from the “stand” imagery of the previous week. This Sunday’s emphasis address issues of justice, purification, and refining that will accompany Jesus’ coming.
December 16 – The third week of Advent is always an occasion of joy. With these Scripture lessons, however, comes an expectation that the people of God will “do” something to be a part of the inheritance promised to Abraham. Zephaniah instructs the people to “not let your hands grow weak” (Zep. 3:16), and John offers further teaching: “Bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Lk. 3:7-16).
December 23 – The promise to Abraham is not forgotten in week four, in which Mary sings and recalls the covenant of old that shows God’s mercy and justice. There are senses of preparation and nesting as both Bethlehem and Mary receive word of Jesus’ coming. Both Bethlehem and Mary will be agents of welcoming God in flesh to earth.

December 24 – Christmas Eve then becomes the point of arrival as Christ–the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”–comes to the world. In the ways Jesus comes, however, it is often easy to become so overwhelmed that we cannot see the presence or work of Christ around us. Just like Mary and Joseph, we find ourselves searching for Jesus, despite knowing all the places and ways in which Christ can be found. However, the promise we are given with the story of the Epiphany is that all who search for Jesus will find him.

Jesus is coming! It is our responsibility to “prepare the way” and get ready.

Church Membership

(A Level One Course)
This four-week class will run multiple times throughout the year. During our time together so far, Pastor will have the opportunity to teach and share the history of our church, the doctrinal distinctives to which we hold, and the purpose of our church family.
This promises to be a profitable time of both growth and fellowship, and I Iook forward to completing this first set of classes next week and watching new Christians continue to mature through the various adult Bible classes.

Church Leadership

(A Level Three Course)

As church leaders, let’s get beyond efficient administration and dynamic leadership producing exciting programs, great facilities, or the latest technology. Let’s focus on ministry, breaking through with the love of Christ. Programs, facilities, and technology are merely tools. Jesus Christ is the main attraction.  Read more…