This Sunday, we’re beginning a new sermon series called An Unexpected Christmas. Most of you know the Christmas story. Many of you have heard it from the time you were a child. But even as well as you think you know it, there are some surprising unexpected details in the story of our Savior. Some of them may just challenge your perspective or change your expectations!
I’d like to invite you to join us this Sunday as we take a look at some of the unexpected names included in the genealogy of Jesus. I mean, some of these people would definitely be on Santa’s naughty list, so why does the gospel writer, Matthew, include them in his list of Jesus’ ancestors? That’s what we’ll discover as we take a look at the stories of Judah and Tamar.
This Christmas season we are looking at the names of the people in Jesus’ family tree. We’ve discovered there are a few surprising and unexpected inclusions in Jesus’ genealogy! This week, we’ll be taking a look at the story of someone who carried not only a distinctive name, but also who also bore an eyebrow-raising label.
Throughout the Christmas season, we’ve been taking a look at some of the people in Jesus’ family tree. We’ve discovered that the gospel-writer, Matthew, included a few names in Jesus’ genealogy that we probably would have left out of our only-the-good-stuff Christmas letter! This week, we’ll look at the most famous ancestor of Jesus who, for all his incredibly shining moments, was also a colossal failure. Why would Matthew choose to remind his readers of the struggle and sin of David when there were so many good things he could have highlighted instead? I invite you to join us this Sunday as we take a look at the story of King David.
As followers of Jesus, we celebrate the birth of Christ because we believe He was the greatest gift ever given. Because of Him, we have a restored relationship with God the Father. But it’s not just our own personal stories that have been impacted by the gift, the life of Jesus. His name is known on every continent around the world. He elevated the status of women, children, the sick, the poor. When Jesus came into the world, everything changed. This is what we celebrate at Christmas...that because of Jesus, we have reason to sing, to laugh, to be joyful, to worship.