One of the most popular Christmas songs is “Joy to the World.” In 1 John 1, we read that sharing about the truth of Jesus, and our experience with him, is a way to make our joy “complete.” This sermon focuses on the joy that can be seen when we look deeply into the themes of the manger. The shepherds felt joy when they heard the announcement from the angels, and surely when they looked at Jesus with their own eyes. Part of our calling as followers of Jesus is to share that joy, to multiply it in the world. And, it’s a joy that finds its roots in God himself.
Series Description: During the Advent season, we will use the series The Meaning in the Manger to help us push past some of the nostalgia of the manger scene we associate with Christmas. Often, that nostalgia, encouraged by much of the “cultural Christmas” that surrounds us, distances us from the truly important, miraculous, and scandalous themes of the Incarnation. So, join us as we prayerfully seek to move past the familiarity of the nativity scene in order to hear what the Spirit has to say as “God with us.”