This is epiphany Sunday to take with us the message of the advent and Christmas: hope, love, peace, and joy. Each day we have to step into the darkness and put faith into the hand of God and arise and shine.
God asks us to demonstrate what we are searching for. We are searching for the promises of Christmas.
God asks us to demonstrate our faith by living in a way the shows that our lives have been changed. This message explores the meaning of the word repentance and how God’s fruit can be grown in our lives.
We all prepare ourselves for Christmas in different ways. The scripture reminds us that we need to prepare our hearts and lives as well. This message highlights the persistent promise of God to fully save those who believe.
December is often a time of preparation for Christmas. This month the Sermon Series will focus on God’s promises regarding the coming of a savior for all people. This first message is a reminder that these promises are not only regarding the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem, but also lead us forward to the time in which God’s perfect will for humanity will be fully realized when Christ returns.
God has provided to us everything that we have. What we do with it is our gift back to God.
What does Jesus say is the evidence of a person’s faith? The story of God’s judgement based on our care for the poor, strangers, and prisoners makes it clear that Jesus expects for believers to act in loving ways to all.
David, the shepherd boy developed a healthy habit of worshiping God. Many of the Psalms in the Bible come from his personal experiences in prayer and devotion to God. His worship habit demonstrates for us that worship is more than songs or styles of music. It is about a relationship with God that elevates our perspective in life.