Sunday Message, Sun 27th Nov – Advent Conspiracy
You are challenged to Break out of our cultural dead-end and choose to celebrate Christmas for real in 2011!
Notes from our all age worship on this first Sunday of advent which included the giving of toys and shoeboxes for Operation Christmas.
Will you keep people in darkness
Allow Light of Jesus to be seen/experienced/ to dawn!
Think of how the Dawn breaks and suddenly its morning……….
Advent Conspiracy says: you don’t need God, you don’t need Jesus.
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him!” says Matthew
Wise People still seek Him.
Why not worship Him fully this Christmas and see the difference it makes.
Will you ignore the birth event
Celebrate cause “To us a Child is Born”
Whoopee! Incredible! Amazing!
Response: adore/worship/give undivided attention!
Advent Conspiracy says: You can buy love. Cost of my present = value of my love for you.
Jesus says: “Seek first my Kingdom….”
Gift of Jesus is free (it cost him everything) but all we need to do is accept the gift.
The best things in life are free.
Spend time with people/ give yourself to others in Christ’s name.
Will you continue to buy happiness
Accept the Gift of Jesus.
Can our world be transformed: the zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Advent Conspiracy says: Life is all about what I can get.
God says: its about all what you can give.
Jesus says: “Give and it will be given to you – a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap”.
Shoebox to a child, toys to refugees, socks to the homeless, and more………
Will you leave him in the stable
Allow Him to grow into a Man to follow.
We are given a son, good government will be on His shoulders
So we become free to give, give, give.
Advent Conspiracy says: Love needs to be rationed.
Jesus says: the more you love, the more you are enabled to love.
John says: If anyone says I love God yet hates his brother/sister he is a liar!
“Love All” in tennis is when the scores are equal: now there is a real goal for Christmas.
Will you ration your love
Choose to love all as you have been loved.
Five Choices which if you make them you will have help from the:
Wonderful Counsellor (Wisdom),
Mighty God (power to overcome),
Everlasting Father (Stable relationship) &
Prince of Peace (Shalom at centre of your being).
So You are free to conspire to be different this Advent: fill your water bottle, take seriously your Alternative Advent Calendar, and tell at least one person why!
November 27th 2011.