Christmas Series: "Getting Ready for Jesus"
December 14, 2017 by Trent Hunter 0 comments
Here's how Mark begins his gospel account:
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” —Mark 1:1–3
It doesn't sound like it, but this is a promise of Christmas, the Lord coming to rescue his people.
This Sunday we'll begin a short series from the first chapter of the Gospel according to Mark. In his account Mark organizes his material around the identity of Jesus. You'll remember Jesus' famous question, "who do you say that I am?" (Mark 8:29). That question anchors the book. That focus is plain from the first verses of his book, which is where we'll spend our time this Christmas season.
Here's the plan:
- Dec 17 AM: "Anticipation: Prepare the Way" (Mark 1:1–3)
- Dec 24 AM: "Announcement: John Appeared" (Mark 1:4–8)
- Dec 24 PM: "Arrival: You Are My Beloved Son" (Mark 1:9–11)
While I've got your attention, two more things related to Christmas at Heritage. First, don't forget to join us for Carols in the Courtyard on Sunday night, the 17th, at 5:30 PM. Invitation cards are available in the church office or at the Welcome Center. Second, because our college students will be gone, we won't need our normal Overflow space, but we will provide Special Accommodations Seating in the Parlor until mid-January. Commercial and housekeeping done.
Now, go pick up your copy of Scripture, read Mark 1:1–11, invite a friend to church, and join us on Sunday.
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