Advent

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Songs of the Servant: Fulfillment

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Pastor Matt Johnson’s sermon this Sunday was about God fulfilling his promises by sending Jesus of Nazareth. Although Jesus came, God’s Kingdom will not be fully established until Jesus comes again, Matt said. The good news of Christmas is that everyone is invited to share in the kingly glory of God!

Songs of the Servant: Grace

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Pastor Matt Johnson’s Advent message this Sunday focused on grace as a gift from God. Pastor Matt told the congregation that grace is often hard to accept. However, he said we can’t control grace only God can. Matt emphasized that, “The arrival of Jesus is a message of grace that has and will change the world!”

Songs of the Servant: Imagine

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Pastor Matt Johnson spoke this Sunday about how Israel imagined the coming of our Lord. Matt told the congregation that there were four Servant Songs that influenced Israel’s imagination. Finally it became clear to Israel, as it is clear to us today, that a servant had arrived in Jesus of Nazareth. As we enter Advent we have hope that Jesus will come again.

Simeon – A Song of Revelation

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Pastor Matt Johnson spoke today about Simeon’s example of waiting for the Messiah. Simeon waited and was led by the Holy Spirit in his waiting. Pastor Matt told us that Advent is primarily about waiting. Matt said that Jesus was the light of revelation to the Gentiles, that God sent Jesus for all people.

Zechariah – A Song of Salvation

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On this second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Matt Johnson exclaimed that God is delighted with us! He explained that through Zechariah’s song of salvation, God is singing salvation to you. Matt said salvation is given to us by grace and “it is something we live into.”

Mary – A Song of Humility

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On this first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Matt Johnson speaks to us about Mary’s message from God – that she, a virgin, will give birth to a son. Back in Mary’s time, Roman laws were written to disadvantage people of other races and that is still true today, says Matt. However, he tells us that “Advent is Jesus entering our sinful world.”

Advent: Being Restored

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People have a recurrent desire for restoration, especially restoration of joy in their lives. Jesus made this restoration possible through his suffering and death on the cross and the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit.