If we’re not careful, we’ll treat Christmas like any other holiday. Do you need to re-focus on the real meaning of Christmas? Christmas was the turning point in Bible history that brought you and me into the story of the Bible and into the story of God. Jesus came with a purpose. He was born to die that He might bring us to God. God’s plan to bring salvation to the world began at Christmas.
Christmas is not a last minute idea that God had. Every detail was carefully planned, and there are over 300 prophecies of Jesus' birth in the Bible. Pastor Ron will point out two of these that we need to understand in order to comprehend the real meaning of Christmas.
The best things in life come to those who wait. God's people waited a long time for the Messiah. It came to pass at God's carefully appointed time. God's timing is perfect--but sometimes it's hard to wait. Don't waste the wait! Here's what we can do while we wait:
1. Be completely honest with God. Take your darkest thoughts to Jesus.
2. Be honest with someone else. Share your heart and your burdens.
3. Surrender your right to control the outcome. How much control do we really have anyway?
4. Grant God permission to work in His timing in His way.
In this message, Pastor Ron will help us understand how powerful the season of waiting can be.
The setting of Christmas gives us unique opportunities this time of year to share the Gospel of Christ. Why did God choose the time He chose for Christ's birth? the location? the atmosphere? Pastor Ron shares his insight into the setting of Christmas.