Christmas is Good News, Not Good Advice – Message in 10 Tweets
We started Advent the first weekend of December with a sermon series entitled: “Christmas Is…” That first weekend we looked at advent hope because the biblical Christmas is Honest when compared to the superficial and often empty promises the cultural holiday called Christmas offers. Last weekend, Pastor Bear showed us that Christmas is Peace, even when the packaging God sends His gift in doesn’t match our expectations. This week, Pastor Bryan shows us how Christmas is…Good News, Not Good Advice.
This upcoming weekend we culminate our Christmas journey with a very meaningful candlelight Christmas Eve Service. You will have five opportunities to experience a candlelight service with your family: on December 23rd at 3:00 p.m. & 5 p.m.; and on December 24th at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m; and 1 p.m. in Spanish language.
The launch of our newly redesigned website is allowing us to start a new series of posts. Every week, we’re putting together ten quotes from the previous weekend’s message. We hope you will share these with friends through your social media channels.
1Christmas is not simply about a birth. It’s about a coming…an advent…an arrival.
2Advice is counsel about what you must do. News is a report about what has already been done.
3Advice urges you to make something happen. News reports to you what has already happened and urges you to respond to it.
4Good advice puts the onus on you to act. Good news reports that someone else has already acted.
5Christmas shows us that Christianity is not good advice. It is good news.
6This is the message of Christmas, God became man and yet never ceased being God. We couldn’t get to God so God came to us. This isn’t good advice, this is good news.
7The Gospel narrative of the coming of Jesus is not advice telling us what we should do but reporting to us what God has done for us.
8The Christian life doesn’t begin by adopting a new code of conduct or turning over a new leaf or even by joining a faith community. You begin a life of following Jesus by believing the report that happened in history.
9Isaiah 1:18 NLT 18 “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
10The values of Jesus are radically different than the values of our culture. The world values pedigree, money, race and class. He turns all that upside down.