For this Christmas eve service, we light the final advent candle, remembering Jesus who has come into the world. Although the world is described by the gospel writer John as being a dark place, Jesus came as light. While light exposes that which can be hidden in darkness, it brings about what is truly good. […]
This Christmas Eve morning worship service lights the fourth advent candle and focuses on Immanuel, meaning “God with us.” We hear what God with us means to each of us on a practical level. Then we focus on the rest of the nativity narrative found in Luke 2:1-20. Humility is laced all throughout these verses […]
Prophetic words from the Old Testament indicated that the coming Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth up until the final days of Mary’s pregnancy. But God had a plan, using a Roman emperor named Caesar Augustus to get his people to the exact location they needed to be.
For this second week of advent we consider the word “hope.” While Mary was given opportunity to carry the Son of God, she also would have been confronted with hardship stemming from cultural stipulations placed on her. She had to wonder how her family, her community, and even her soon-to-be husband would respond to pregnancy. […]
For this first Sunday of advent we look at the theme of promise. The promise of a Savior goes back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve first sinned. This promise continues to unfold as time moves forward. God knew people would choose the path of disobedience, so He provided […]
Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see? God reveals himself in the Christmas story.
The story of Christmas is one of God honoring the Son and of us honoring God’s gift to us. Like a child honors his parents by obeying so we honor God when we obey him. Are you bringing honor to God in how you live your life? Matthew 2:1-12 Other Scripture Referenced: Psalm 32:8, Ephesians […]
Matthew 2:1-12 tells the story of the magi from the East. In this message Peter Ellis shows the world mission focus of this story with emphasis on how God speaks to people in a variety of ways to draw them to himself.
The theological explanation behind Jesus coming to earth as a baby–the incarnation. Philippians 2:1-11 gives overview and Matthew 4:1-11 gives an example of what Jesus did for us while on earth–the temptation in the wilderness.
Study of Matthew 2–the story of the Magi or wisemen. Global interest of God and this gospel rather than just local or Jewish.
#2 in 4 part series about the personalities around Jesus on the first Christmas. Focus is on the visit to the temple when Jesus was a child.
#2 in a 4 part series about who Jesus was even before the manger–His essential nature. Isaiah 53 describes Jesus in the servant role which includes his suffering on our behalf.