The Advent of Hope

November 30, 2014

Pastor Jonathan kicks off this year's Advent sermon series, Come and Behold Him! with "The Advent of Hope," from Romans 15:8-13. [powerpress] Romans 15:8-13 (ESV)

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.” And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.” And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Two views of the Christmas season:

  • Christmas is to be tolerated.
  • Christmas is to be worshiped.

Instead… Christmas is an invitation to worship. This Christmas season, come and behold Jesus with hope.

  • An ancient hope.
  • new hope.
  • An abounding hope.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What are some things that you get excited about when you think about Christmas coming?
  • Have you ever had to wait a long time for a gift that was promised?
  • How can you be excited about the gift of Jesus this Christmas?