This December, we will see how the birth of Jesus fulfils God’s extraordinary promises to send a saviour into the world for us. Two sermons are on Old Testament prophecies, and two are from the Gospel narratives. In each case, they show us why the coming of Jesus is such good news for all of us, and what it looks like to trust in him.
Advent 2022: Jesus, God's Promised Saviour
Luke 1:26-38 - Jesus is... The Promised King - George Campbell (Video)
Morning Service, Sunday, December 4, 2022
The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary with the news that, despite being a virgin, she will find herself pregnant by the Holy Spirit. The baby will be no ordinary child, but the promised Messiah, the King from David’s line who will reign over his people forever, fulfilling the promise of 2 Samuel 7:12-16. At Christmas, we see that God really keeps his promises, and has sent a King who comes to save us, and bring us into his eternal kingdom.
Matthew 1: 18-25 - Jesus is... God with us - Bob Akroyd (Video)
Morning Service, Sunday, December 11, 2022
As Joseph considers how to respond to Mary’s shocking pregnancy, an Angel appears to him in a dream with extraordinary news. This is a miraculous pregnancy, a work of the Holy Spirit. The child will be the promised saviour who Isaiah wrote about 700 years before (Isaiah 7:14) A child born of a virgin who will be “Immanuel, God with us.” Have we understood the amazing truth that God himself came to live amongst us 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus? Have we received his salvation? Do we live our lives in the knowledge that God is truly with us?
Isaiah 9:1-7 - Jesus is... Saviour of the World - David Knowles (Video)
Morning Service, Sunday, December 18, 2022
In Luke 2, the Shepherds are the first to hear the news of the birth of Jesus: “ 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.” But the birth of this child was announced many years before, notably by Isaiah in these verses. This Child is none other than the Mighty God who comes to bring light in the darkness, to set his people free and rule over them in peace and justice. Have we received the light that Jesus brings and been set free to live with him as our king?
Micah 5:2-6 - Jesus is... The Shepherd Ruler - Alex Warren (Video)
Morning Service, Sunday, December 25, 2022
When the Wise men arrive in Jerusalem looking for the new-born King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-12) the religious leaders turn to this prophecy to identify where the Messiah would be born. Micah not only identifies insignificant Bethlehem as his birthplace, but also describes the Messiah as God’s Shepherd Ruler. He is the one who comes to save his people from across the whole earth, giving them true peace and security. Do we know Jesus, the Shepherd-King for ourselves? Are we continuing to find our peace and security in Him?