“The Brightest Gift to Give” Sermon Series 5th – 26th December 2021

“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.” Not only is God revealed in the magnificence of his glory through the miracle of the incarnation (John 1:14-15), but we can also learn from the event how to relate to one another through the self-sacrificing model of Jesus, who “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.” (Phil. 2:5-6). “When time was fulfilled,” writes Karl Barth, “God had done something for us for long enough. He put himself at risk, made himself dependent upon us, identified himself with the non-identical. From now, it is high time for us to do something for him.” These four sermons, therefore, not only anticipate Christmas but remind us that God gave us the Brightest Gift of all (in the person of Jesus) in order that we may share it with those around us: “Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matt. 10:8). Put differently, these sermons are not meant to be merely meditative but missional.

Date Theme Chapter
5/12/2021 The Sinless Christ Matthew 2:1-12; Hebrews 4:15
12/12/2021 The Helpless Christ Matthew 2:13-21; Matthew 9:36
19/12/2021 The Hidden Christ Luke 2:25-38; Colossians 1:26
26/12/2021 The Glorious Christ Luke 2:8-16; Hebrews 1:1-4