Sermons in “Character of Waiting”

Emmanuel: God With Us

“Who is Jesus?” is always a relevant question and the way we answer that question impacts how we relate to God. There is always a risk of speaking of God and worshiping God generically. However, God has come in the flesh in the person of Jesus the Christ so all authentic worship goes through him. Only this way do we worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Advent: Love

The fourth characteristic that a people who wait must have is love. This is not the love of the world. A type of love that will benefit you if you benefit me. This is a love that benefits an enemy, a stranger, the poor. This love mirrors Christ’s love for us—giving up everything for the other.

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Advent: Joy (Kids Christmas Play)

The third characteristic that a people who wait must have is joy. This is not the temporary happiness that comes from a new toy. This is not the fabricated feeling from a Hallmark Christmas movie. Our joy finds its source in God which means it does not fade and flows to all of our lives. It is the joy of being whole.

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Advent: Peace

The second characteristic that a people who wait must have is peace. This is not the peace and quiet that we try to get from our jobs or our kids. This is not the peace of avoiding hostility or keeping out of the drama. This is the peace that comes from the work of Christ restoring us to the right relationship with God and others.

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Advent: Hope

The first characteristic that a people who wait must have is hope. Not a wishful thinking hope. Not a cross our fingers and hope for the best hope. But, a sure hope. We must be confident that God is without a doubt coming through.

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