December 2011 starts my ministry at Arapahoe Road Baptist Church in Centennial, Colorado. With that comes the question that arises in the minds of all new pastors: what should I preach on when I first arrive? With ARBC, not only will we celebrate the Incarnation of Christ (Christ taking on human form) but also have our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. So with this, I am starting a series entitled, “Christmas is All About … .” Below is the description on the flyer at ARBC.
Winter wonderlands. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose! And don’t forget about bells jingling, halls being decked, and Santa watching every move you make! This is what Christmas is all about—at least that’s what most of the songs say! We know that Christmas is ultimately not about weather, terrific traffic, or presents under the tree. It’s about Christ coming on a rescue mission to save His people from their sins!
Sunday, December 4: Christmas is About a Rescue Mission by Jesus (Matthew 1:18-25)
Wednesday, December 7: Christmas is About Exposing Rebellion against Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12)
Sunday, December 11: Christmas is About a Relationship with Jesus (Galatians 3:23-4:7)
Wednesday, December 14: Christmas is About Recognizing Christ’s Work (Luke 1:5-38)
Sunday, December 18: Christmas is About Rejoicing in Christ (Luke 2:1-20)
Sunday, December 18 (PM): Christmas is About Receiving Christ (John 1:1-18)
Invite your FRANs (friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors) so they will know what Christmas is all about—it’s all about Jesus!
You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us) (Matthew 1:21-23, ESV).