Nothing can compare to the simplicity and devotion of Christmas carols. During what is usually the busiest season of the year, we’re all blessed to sing carols, whether in church or at an informal gathering in our homes. The messages in this series are based on the background and the text of various carols that are familiar to us all. You will be encouraged to go deeper in your own understanding and appreciation of the One who was born in Bethlehem. Join us as we explore “The Lyrics of Christmas”.
NOVEMBER 29 – “O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM”
The story of Jesus began at a quaint little town called Bethlehem. What otherwise would have been an unheard of Palestinian town, shrouded in anonymity, has instead become the theme for poets, the subject for artists, and the goal for pilgrims. Why Bethlehem? Join us as we discover how God used a tiny town for an enormous purpose.
DECEMBER 6 – “WHAT CHILD IS THIS?”
700 years before Jesus Christ was even born, a prophet of God explained Christmas before anyone had even experienced Christmas. Seven centuries before that cradle rocked, the stars shown, the Wise Men gave and the angels sang, Isaiah dipped his prophetic pen into inspired ink and wrote what has become the centerpiece and cornerstone of Christmas prophecy. We will learn in terms no one can misunderstand, just what Child this was.
DECEMBER 13 – “WE THREE KINGS”
The wise men (and incidentally, we are not told they were kings, nor are we told there were only three) could have very easily faced ridicule and sarcasm for looking for the baby called Jesus. We live today in a world that still thinks it is foolish to worship some baby that was born in a lowly manger, to a humble carpenter, and a common woman. But in this message we will understand why wise men still seek Him.
DECEMBER 20 – “AWAY IN A MANGER”
Our view of the manger has become so become so clean and proper. But the real truth is that first century mangers were dirty and messy. The manger puts Jesus at the center of a mess, not a masterpiece. Jesus came to the manger because humanity needed to be rescued. Not rescued from a sanitized petting zoo, but from a filthy, dirty stable. It was a mess, just like us! In this message we find that Jesus didn’t mind the mess of the manger, and He doesn’t mind our mess, either.