Sermon Series

Reset & Reign: Advent, 2019

Where is this world heading? Who’s in charge here? Is God far-off and too busy for us or intimately involved in our life? While Advent is often seen as a time of decorations, shopping, and parties, this is really a time to ReSet. By coming to us as our long-awaited King, Jesus comes to ReSet the world. To ReSet us back in tune with God’s vision: where love, hope, joy, and peace reign forevermore.

December 1:  ​Reset Our Love

Are we acting out of fear or love? When Saul sets out to harm David, few people would blame David for repaying him with violence. When John the Baptist cries out that the Messiah is coming, he expects the Messiah will come with a winnowing fork in hand to judge sinners. But both David and Jesus turn the world’s expectations upside down. How? With love. While fear and darkness try to pull this world apart, Jesus comes to ReSet the world with love. Where do you see love breaking in today?  (Pg. 426-452); 1 Samuel 24:3-12, 16-17; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Luke 3:1-6, 15-16, Prepare the way of the Lord

 

December 8: ReSet Our Hope

Why be hopeful? Hope isn’t based on what our eyes can see, but on what the word of God has promised. It’s the promise to David that one day his descendant will reign forever. It is the promise to a young woman named Mary, that she’ll become the mother of God’s son. It’s the promise to you, that your life has a purpose. Each one of us is a piece in God’s great plan. Jesus comes to ReSet us with hope. Where do you see hope breaking in today? (Pg. 452-491); 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 – God’s Covenant with David; James 5:7-10; Luke 1:26-38, Annunciation

December 15: ReSet Our Joy

Can the basic human desire to be happy come from the perfect present? Yes, but not the kind found under a tree. It comes from the presence of the living God who draws close to us. Solomon sees God’s presence fill the temple as the Ark is brought inside. Elizabeth realizes God is present when Mary visits her. Jesus comes to ReSet our joy. Rejoice! Where do you see joy breaking in today? (pg. 491-516); 1 Kings 3:5-15 Solomon Asks for Wisdom; Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:39-45, Mary visits Elizabeth

December 22   ReSet Our Peace  

Where can we find peace? Can it only be found by fleeing to a mountain retreat or a house by the sea, someplace far away from the hustle and bustle of life? God comes to Elijah in a still small voice when Elijah needed it the most. God comes to Joseph when he faces his greatest calling, to let his life be used for the glory of God. Jesus comes to ReSet our peace, as we look to Him instead of the worries that surround us. Where do you see peace breaking in today?  (pg. 516-581); 1 Kings 19:9-8 Ps 146:5-10; Matthew 1:18-25, God is near, Joseph