Angel Encounters: Advent Series
We are starting a new Advent Sermon Series on each time in the Christmas Story when an Angel showed up and said: “Do Not Be Afraid…” What is the Angel saying each time, and how can the Christmas Story help us overcome our fears today?
December 2: “Do Not Be Afraid to Hope”
Text: Luke 1:5-25
From seeing Zechariah's teeny-tiny prayer to the fulfillment of the ultimate prophecy of centuries past, and we too can hope that the same God hears our teeny-tiny prayers and fulfills them in ways far beyond our imagination.
December 9: “Do Not Be Afraid to Love”
Text: Matthew 1:18-25
Joseph was probably heartbroken when he heard Mary was pregnant. But an angelic intervention reveals to us God’s desire for us to not be afraid to reconcile and experience love.
December 16: “Do Not Be Afraid to Experience Peace”
Text: Luke 1:26-38
How Mary responds to God's call to be the "God-bearer" in the midst of terrifying circumstances models for us what experiencing true peace looks like.
December 23: “Do Not Be Afraid to Have Joy”
Text: Luke 2:8-12
The presentation of the Angels to the shepherds tells us how true eternal joy is found not in the pursuit of happiness, but in the pursuit of a relationship with an eternal person.