Reflecting on minor Christmas story characters, Zechariah and Elizabeth, this sermon offers this challenge: No matter how old or young you are, you are meant to be sent. Be willing to be surprised by God. Open yourself to a maturing faith that enables you to be continually used by God!
Isaiah's prophecy foretold the birth of a child who would be called "Everlasting Father." This Christmas sermon makes the connection between the Child and the Father and reminds us to rejoice in our "Everlasting Father who listens to us and provides for us. He grants to us what we need. And He knows what we need better than we know what we need. To borrow from a sitcom of the 1950s, 'the Everlasting Father Knows Best!'"
In this Christmas season of preparation and anticipation, this sermon reflects on the preparation that Almighty God put into the very first Christmas production - the birth of His Son, Christ Jesus. Every fact and facet of this momentous event was calculated by God with great precision and forethought.
At Christmas-time, it is so easy to get caught up in a month-long frenzy of buying, rushing, decorating, and partying. The danger is that in the midst of all the busyness, buying, and partying, we will miss the real meaning of Christmas. Just like the Bethlehem innkeeper. This sermon offers six suggestions for getting back in touch with the reason for the season.
Figuratively speaking, many of us have been impregnated by God. There is a dream, a business, a ministry, a book, or some great work that He is growing within us. Unfortunately for the average person, spiritual pregnancies are even more difficult to handle than natural births. But, as this sermon attests, the message of Christmas can help you deal with the contradiction of your inner reality and your external circumstances.
God puts to us the same issue that God put before Ahaz on the road beside the fuller's field. Where do we turn when seeking to build a world? Do we turn to our limited, sin-distorted human ways, or do we trust in the unending promises of God, and in the way God reveals Himself through Christ? This sermon asks us what we want for Christmas, and encourages us to want what God wants for us.
Christmas is all about interruptions. It is all about God breaking into neatly planned tightly wrapped, well-ordered lives and doing something new. This Christmas sermon invites us to hear God's call in the interruptions, to see them not as obstacles but as God-given opportunities.