Sermons on “Advent”

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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God’s Yes – John Murray

John Murray teaches on how the incarnation is God’s Yes to us as an act of mercy. In Zechariah’s Song in Luke 1:67-80, the light of Christ shines on those living in darkness, drawing them to the path of God’s peace.

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Mary’s Yes – Terri Churchill

Terri Churchill takes us through the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary within Luke 1:26-38. She shows how Mary’s YES to accept the role of being pregnant with God should inspire us to make the same affirmation today, to be pregnant with God’s Spirit.

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