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In our world of chaos and trouble it may seem as if God has left us on our own. We may wonder if God cares, knows, or is able to do anything about our troubles. Advent show us that God does care, is with us, and is able to do something about our troubles. Advent shows us that the Word became flesh. God became flesh and made His dwelling among us.

This year we will not have a mid-week Advent service. Instead we will have a brief video devotion which will be posted each Wednesday. Our Advent series will take place during our regular Saturday (4:00 pm) and Sunday (9:00 am) Services.

We will be exploring John 1:1-18. These eighteen verses contain some of the most important words ever written. They explode with light and brilliance, truth and grace. And John 1:1-18 is chalked-full of dearly-loved Advent and Christmas themes, with the most famous one being, “The Word became flesh.” (John 1:14). That’s the focus of this series of sermons on John 1:1-18. Many of the insights are a result of a workshop I attended with Dr. Lessing from Concordia University St. Paul. I thank him for his insights on these sacred words. In this series we will consider such themes as follows:

  • “You Have My Word!” (John 1:1-5)
  • “A Man Named John” (John 1:6-9, 15)
  • “Chosen Children” (John 1:12b)
  • “The Word Dwelt Among Us” (John 1:14a)
  • “We Have Seen His Glory!” (John 1:14b)

Historically the Fourth Gospel is likened to an eagle—an image suggesting that John soars to awesome heights of glory and grandeur. As we begin Advent and dig into John 1:1-18, get ready to fly and invite someone to attend with you.

Pastor Schoenfeld


 

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23

Ever since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3) every human being has come into this world as a sinful being.  Our sin separates us from God.  Left to ourselves we would perish for eternity in hell (John 3:36 & Hebrews 10:26-27).

For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

God loves you so much that He came into this world as a human being (Luke 2:1-20).   Jesus, the Son of God, lived a perfect life for you (Hebrews 4:14-16), suffered and died upon a cross for you (John 19), and rose from the dead for you (Luke 24).   Now our risen Lord will forgive your sin (1 John 1:8-9) and grant eternal salvation to you if you believe in Him.  

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…”  Acts 16:31

When God blesses you with a living faith in Jesus you will have a place in heaven.  Such salvation comes not by our works but by grace through faith in Jesus (Romans 3:28; Ephesians 2:8-10).  

And He died for all, that those who live, should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”  2 Corinthians 5:15

Now as those who have been given the gift of heaven we live no longer just for ourselves but to serve God and our fellow human beings.  (Ephesians 2:10)