This Sunday Kicks Off
Advent through the Psalms
THE PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS
PAX will be anticipating the advent of Christ through the Psalms. Israel planned prepared and waited for the promise of God, the coming of the promised Messiah. When the promised Messiah came he would bring in the promised Kingdom. We are planning, preparing and waiting for Christmas. The Messiah has come and we will party, celebrate, share food and share gifts. The kingdom has been inaugurated and secured by the birth and death of Jesus our Messiah. Still we wait, plan, and prepare. These weeks leading up to Christmas day spend some time praying through the Psalms. They are ancient songs of anticipating the promise.
Week 1: The Promise of a Saviour
Focus: The need for saving. Christ as both the Forgiveness from wrath and Righteousness for life
TEXT: Psalm 72;
Week 2: (baptism and Christmas Party) A Promise With Personal Meaning
Focus: Salvation offered- personal transformation. Christ as both God’s personal means of Saving and our only means of spiritual transformation (Heavy Gospel call this Sunday)
TEXT: Psalm 85:4-10
Week 3: The Promise Worth Living
Focus: Salvation is for living (exampled in Shepherds/Angels) The Goodnews of Jesus is to be enjoyed, adored and shared.
TEXT: Psalm 25
Week 4: The Promise For all People
Focus: Salvation is for Sharing. There is a missionary call to the coming of Christ. We are to live in such a way as to be a continued witness to God’s promised saving.
TEXT: Psalm 126
Christmas Eve 4pm – The Promise Kept
Focus: Salvation has arrived and will be realized fully. We are living in a unique time of Redemptive history. We are to experience a life of grace that is between the Hallelujah of Christ’s resurrection and the maranatha of Christ’s return.
TEXT: Psalm 146
More Psalms to pray through over Advent: Psalm 80, 89, 145, 147, 148