This week we continue our brand new series “Waiting for Christmas”. Today, Pastor Scott helps us see the importance of waiting with Hope, especially through the busy Christmas season that is this time of year.
“The manger dares us to believe that the best is yet to come. And it could happen today.” – Max Lucado
Romans 15:13 – I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
_______________ cannot keep _________________ out of Christmas.
NOT SO MERRY AND BRIGHT:
Luke 1:26-32 – In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings favored woman! The Lord is with you” 29Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.30“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
1. When ______________ change.
2. When we feel __________________________.
3. When God seems _______________________.
THE THRILL OF HOPE:
Hebrews 6:17-19 – God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 18So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.
1. Place your _________________________ in Jesus.
2. Hold tight to _______________________________.
3. Focus on the ______________________.