As we go into the last weekend of advent we get our text out of Psalm 126. With revelation and shouts of joy we anticipate the coming of Jesus! The fulfillment of the promise of Christmas and the wonders of doing life.
Continuing through the Advent season, we look at Psalm 25, with a focus on the realities of why Christ came.
As we continue into advent we encounter God who is directly personal and relational with us. In this weeks advent sermon we focus on who God can be personal with, what makes him personal, and what is needed for him to be personal.
Come thou long expected Jesus! As we enter into advent this year, we take time to look at the promise of Christmas through the Psalms. Today we lead off by looking at the promise of a saviour and its implications.
We continue in chapter 4, and look at Paul’s charge for us to be changed – truly transformed – in Godliness. How is Godliness demonstrated, and what separates that genuine Godliness from surface-deep goodness? Paul also gives us some key guidance in how true Godly transformation should show itself in the outflow of our priorities and habits.
Our friend Pete from Grace Valley Church join us, and takes us through Mark 1:1-8, and looks at where God is, even when He is silent when we call out to Him. Often, when we call out to God, we are really asking God to reveal Himself on our terms – we are looking for good news on a superficial level, not actually wanting to encounter God. In looking at where God is in times of silence, we also need to look in the mirror and examine where our own hearts are. To better check our hearts, Pete takes us through 3 points from the preaching and life of John the Baptist we can apply.
For additional reading, look at Psalm 88.
Vaclav explores Psalm 107 addressing how God delivers his people out of all of their wandering, rebellious and sinful ways when they call on him.
Nevin explores Psalm 94 to address where God is when His people face oppression. God will prevail against His enemies and bring rescue for His people.
This week, Nevin continued our series in Psalms, while Brad and his family are on sabbatical. We walked through Psalm 51, and looked at how God is with us even though we sin, and how he cleanses and washes us of that sin, through Jesus’ death.