God With Us // Matthew 1:18-25

“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Today, Christmas is far removed from anything it was originally intended for, replaced with alternative stories and meanings. But why do we celebrate Christmas, and what are the implications for a people that God has revealed Himself to? Christmas declares the Kingdom of God is here.

Passages referenced in today’s podcast:

Matthew 1:18-25
Isaiah 7:14

Resource for Further Reading:
Unwrapping the First Christmas, by Dr. Michael Cooper (2019)

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Reflect on your Christmas and Holiday traditions. Is Christ typically “in”, “under”, or “above” these traditions?
  2. How will you choose the Kingdom of God this Christmas?
  3. How will you extend the Kingdom of God this Christmas?
God With Us // Matthew 1:18-25 // December 3, 2019

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Presents or Presence? // Luke 10:1-9

On this week’s podcast, we’re considering how we as followers of Jesus can live on mission for the Kingdom over Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Regardless of your plans this weekend, are you more focused on sharing presents or the presence of God with others?

Passages referenced in today’s podcast:

Luke 10:1-9

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Where is the Spirit leading you this holiday weekend? Who do you plan to see or visit with?
  2. How can you be intentional about being aware of Christ’s presence in your life and with those you interact with this week?
  3. What do you sense you should be praying for in those interactions?
Presents or Presence? // Luke 10:1-9 // November 26, 2019

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The Gift of Peace // Luke 2:8-20

The gospel is the recovery of ‘shalom’ in the midst of a fallen & chaotic world. It is the good news that peace has come to earth!

This is the concluding message from Pastor Matt in our series, “The Promised King”. It was preached live at Life Spring Community Church in Spring Grove, IL on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018.

The Gift of Peace // Luke 2:8-20 // December 24, 2018

A Tale of Two Kings // Luke 2:1-7

“Glory is wrapped in humility and weakness.”

Even in the church we have bought the lie that glory is found in our influence and perceived ‘success’. But the radical claim of the gospel is that “glory is wrapped in humility and weakness.” To be a Kingdom citizen (one who identifies as a follower of Jesus) is to re-define and re-align one’s identity with Jesus in Bethlehem.

A Tale of Two Kings // Luke 2:1-7 // December 18, 2018