Sermons on “Advent”

Costly Incarnation

The incarnation required Christ to pay an immense cost by leaving his heavenly position and emptying himself of limitless power in exchange for mortal flesh, earthly limitations, and the human experience of pain and loss. He came not as kings typically come with pomp and power, but instead, as a vulnerable baby, in the most humble of circumstances. Paul uses this image in the Christ Hymn found in Philippians 2 not just to praises this act, but also to encourage Christ followers to walk in the loving way of Jesus, emptying ourselves for the sake of others.

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Joseph

Joseph had many opportunities to take the easy road before and after he said yes to participating in Christ’s story. He risked his reputation, his career, and even his very life on his journey of humble obedience to God, but in the end, he knew it was worth it. When Christ invites us into his story, its not always easy; its actually quite costly, but its always worth it! Just like Joseph, we too are invited into Christ’s story, and when the journey gets tough, we know that no matter the cost, its always worth it.

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You are not disqualified -Terri Churchill

Mary was an unlikely candidate to be chosen as the God-bearer. She said yes despite the danger, her youth, the risk to her marriage, and the societal assumptions that would have disqualified her as “Theotokos”. What if God is inviting each of us to bear him into the world, despite all of the things we assume will disqualify us?

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Zachariah and Elizabeth

This week we started a new series for Advent, going through Epiphany Sunday, titled “Recounting the Cost”. Its about using the story of Christmas to think through how God invites all of us to participate in his Kingdom, but also to remember it is often a costly invitation to obedience. Bonnie began the series with a look at Zechariah and Elizabeth’s call to obedience in the midst of doubt and frustration with God. 

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Hungry for Christ – Terri Churchill

In celebration of Christmas Eve, Terri delves into the nature and purpose of our hungers to show how our deepest cravings are fulfilled in Christ.

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Peace – John Murray

For our fourth Sunday of Advent, John shows that the messianic peace we all crave doesn’t simply come to “fix” violence, but transforms violence into kingdom acts of peace.

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Freedom – Josias Hansen

For our third Sunday of Advent, Josias digs into the freedom the Israelites were craving from their national oppressors. They waited for the Messiah to come and triumph over all their nationalistic oppressors, but instead, Jesus provided the true freedom from their ultimate oppressor and broke their chains of sin and death through his life, death and resurrection. As we hunger for this true freedom, we can now experience Christ’s freedom in becoming the people God created us to be.

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Blessing – Chris Senkler

For this second Sunday of Advent, Chris reflects on our hunger for the blessing of Christ. This hunger was felt by all the nations, and God responded by blessing every tribe and tongue through Christ.

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Light – Terri Churchill

For our first Sunday of Advent, Terri reflects on our hunger for the light of Christ.

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Say YES to the Christmas Spirit – Josias Hansen

Josias Hansen tells about the true nature of the Christmas Spirit.

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