Birth

The Christmas We Forget: "Out of the Darkness"

Edmund Brooks

For many of us, Christmas is about joy, smiling children, people giving grace to each other in the “spirit of Christmas”. But Christmas is—and always has been—also a time of darkness and despair. When we celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus with the shepherds and animals giving Him glory, we often forget that what followed was the slaughter of any baby boys born in that area over a period of two years in an attempt to kill the baby we celebrate. In this slaughter humanity showed the depths of sin and darkness it is willing to embrace. But God didn’t allow the story to end there. In the Christmas event He took the darkness and He turned it into light. The very act of gift giving is a way of remembering the gift of light God gave the world.

THE CHRISTMAS WE FORGET - Out of the Darkness study guide

CHRISTMAS TEXT: Birth

December 23, 2012Randy Christian

Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. We have all heard the story many times. Have we heard the story correctly? Is the Christmas story we’ve heard true? How do we know? This week we look at the scriptural text and what it actually says about Jesus’ birth, so that we celebrate the true birth of Jesus!

CHRISTMAS TEXT: Incarnation

December 16, 2012Randy Christian

Who can understand God’s ways? He isn’t like us-and he doesn’t do the things we would do. The incarnation is the fact that God himself became flesh and lived with us. Why would he do this? And why is it so important to us?

CHRISTMAS TEXT: Preparation

December 9, 2012Randy Christian

The birth of Jesus is the most documented birth in history. But history’s connection with Jesus’ birth began long before the birth itself. God intervened in history to insure that this birth happened-and happened as predicted. This week we explore the preparation of history for Jesus’ birth.

PRACTICING JESUS: Birth

March 18, 2012Randy Christian

When you finish a letter, you tend to make sure the things you wanted to say are said in the end. Join us as we see John’s wrap-up and its application in prayer, mutual accountability and by practicing the life of faith.