Christmas Spirit

2016 December

Some people get into the Christmas spirit early, while others never seem to experience it. This raises the question: what is the Christmas spirit? One reporter concluded, “It’s in your heart. It feels warm and glowy.” We do seem to think about the Christmas spirit as a feeling of excitement that is connected with the Christmas season. In this sermon series, we discover the Christmas spirit according to the Bible, and we learn the true Christmas spirit is not seasonal. We look at some often overlooked Christmas texts, and we talk about the Christmas spirit we see in each text. We learn how we can put into practice the Christmas spirit of humility, love, joy, and peace.
 
 

Dec 25, 2016
The Christmas Spirit
In this Christmas Day sermon, we look at Luke’s account of Christ’s birth. Throughout the sermon series, we have been talking about the particular spirit of Christmas we see in each text. Now we discover how we see each Christmas spirit in this text: humility, joy, peace, and love. Since God has given His Son, we are encouraged to practice each of these characteristics throughout the year.
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  • Dec 25, 2016The Christmas Spirit
    Dec 25, 2016
    The Christmas Spirit
    In this Christmas Day sermon, we look at Luke’s account of Christ’s birth. Throughout the sermon series, we have been talking about the particular spirit of Christmas we see in each text. Now we discover how we see each Christmas spirit in this text: humility, joy, peace, and love. Since God has given His Son, we are encouraged to practice each of these characteristics throughout the year.
  • Dec 18, 2016The Christmas Spirit – Joy
    Dec 18, 2016
    The Christmas Spirit – Joy
    The Christmas spirit we see in this text is joy. We are commanded in scripture to rejoice always, and God’s desire is that we live a life full of joy. How can we live a life full of joy when we are so often consumed by busyness, stress, worry, doubts, loneliness, brokenness, and overwhelming burdens? We learn our joy is made complete in Jesus through fellowship with God and fellowship with other followers of Christ.
  • Dec 11, 2016The Christmas Spirit – Love
    Dec 11, 2016
    The Christmas Spirit – Love
    We learn that the true spirit of Christmas involves love. We see God’s love for us in the birth of His Son. We also see the proof of God’s love for us through His Son’s death. Just as God has loved us in a sacrificial way, so we should love one another. In fact, John says if we don’t love one another in this way we haven’t really experienced God’s love. We learn how and why we should practice this Christmas spirit of love.
  • Dec 4, 2016The Christmas Spirit: Humility
    Dec 4, 2016
    The Christmas Spirit: Humility
    The Christmas spirit we see in this important text is humility. Even though He was equal with God, Jesus willingly humbled Himself. We explore what it means that He “emptied” Himself, and we discover the true wonder of Christmas. The main point of this text is that we practice this spirit of humility. We learn what true humility involves and how to get motivated to reflect the humility we see in the Christmas story.