Category Archives: The Incarnation of Christ

Why Christmas?

Merry Christmas from all of us at Stonebridge!

Pastor Jeff gave us three reasons to think about “Why Christmas?”

Why Christmas?

The Work of God in the Birth of Christ- Matt 1:18-25 (Sonnenberg)

Who made it possible for Jesus to be born and live the life he lived? God? Mary? Joseph?  Its a bit of a paradox but God certainly had the ‘lead role’ in bringing it about. But God also intended for man to play a part. Mary responded to God’s call. Joseph willingly assumed a socially uncomfortable role by keeping the engagement with Mary and then adopting ‘her son’.  As God directed each of these players, the “Jesus Story” took shape and the parallels in Jesus life benefit us today.

Dealing With Doubt- Matt 11:2-11 (Sonnenberg)

Do you have doubts relative to your faith? To your Savior? Pastor Dan’s sermon today highlighted the prophet John [the Baptizer]. John was commissioned by God himself to prepare the people for Jesus earthly ministry. Yet who had doubts ? Yes, the very prophet who baptized Jesus and called on God’s people to repent and prepare for the coming Savior. Did that disqualify John from service? No!  And your doubts do not disqualify you for effective service to Jesus.

Prepare the Way for His Coming- Matt 3:1-12 (Sonnenberg)

Advent is the time of year we prepare for Christmas Day – the celebration of Jesus’ birth. John the Baptist was the prophet Isaiah foretold would come to “…prepare the way of the Lord…”  John’s message came with a warning; carried a demand; and included a promise. Pastor Dan helped to outline how John’s message is valid for Christians today.

Ready or Not: Christ is Coming! -Matt 24:36-44 (Sonnenberg)

As we enter Advent – the season where we prepare to celebrate the first coming of Jesus to into the world and history -Pastor Dan suggests we do not forget to think about Jesus’ promise that he would come again; he would come a second time. This second coming will happen; it is inevitable.  Scripture teaches us to be ready; not be caught napping. And Pastor Dan outlines four mistakes we should avoid.  Thinking:
… it won’t happen, or
… it won’t happen to me, or
… you know when it will happen, or
… it will happen, but it won’t happen today.
Are you making one of these mistakes? Don’t!