Before I get any further, I want to direct you to an article that I read a few months ago that stirred my thinking about Advent: “Forget the War on Christmas, the War on Advent is Worse” by Molly Ziegler Hemingway. This article does a good job of highlighting what it means to follow the church year and how the culture has co-opted Advent into the “Christmas” season. The church calendar is not strictly followed at King of Glory but one will notice in the bulletin that the Sunday of the church year is listed. For example, one would see “Third Sunday after Trinity” listed on the first page. The church year has been set up to focus our attention on Christ. As people, we naturally tend to turn our focus inward, on ourselves. The church year breaks us of that and focuses our attention on where it needs to be: Jesus Christ, our Savior. The season of Advent, which is placed immediately prior to Christmas, is a season of repentance and focus on the hope of Christ’s coming. Just as Simeon and Anna waited with expectation the arrival of the Savior, so we too wait in expectation.
There is one more sermon in this series. It will focus on the second coming of Jesus Christ. I asked Theresa recently what she would like to know about the end times. How would you answer that question? In this sermon we’ll focus on what is important about end times teaching. We’ll fix our gaze on the most important One: Jesus Christ.
By the way, do you have any questions after the “Current Coming” sermon? I often wonder if those who hear sermons launch into further study on particular topics. Blessings!