Advent 2017

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Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people.

Christmas Gifts


Luke 2:8-15 Into the world, on a nondescript night, in a small town grown weary with oppression and centuries of unfulfilled prophetic expectation, in an obscure shelter no one would have thought to look for him, in the care of poor, nonresident parents, came God the Son.

The Light of Advent


John 1:1-14 Two thousand years ago when God shined His light into the world to deal with the darkness, after that we are still waiting for Him to put a total end to the darkness—and that will come at the next Advent when Jesus returns. And we know that the Gospel is the deepest solution […]

Advent 2017: Finding Hope


Matthew 1:18-25 “Waiting is part of life. Waiting is our destiny. As creatures who cannot by themselves bring about what they long for, we wait in darkness for a flame we cannot light. We wait in fear for a happy ending we cannot right. We wait for a ‘not yet’ that feels like a ‘not […]