Series: Kingdom ComeClear
December 3, 2023 - December 24, 2023
Before the first Christmas, when the angel Gabriel visited Mary with news that her son would be the promised Messiah, he made it clear that Jesus would not only grow up to be a ruler, but that “his Kingdom will never end!” (Luke 1:33) But what does Jesus’ Kingdom look like? What kind of a ruler is Jesus in our lives? And what can we learn from the Christmas stories in the Bible that point to how Jesus’ Kingdom will be different than any that came before it? In this 3-week series leading up to our Christmas Eve services, we’ll explore the classic Advent narratives to discover how, even on that first Christmas, Jesus was trying to show us his love and draw us into a new life focused on his leadership.
December 24, 2023
Christmas Eve services at church can feel like just another thing to get done during this hectic holiday season. And with the possibility of an even more hectic year looming, is there any hope of a little rest? This Christmas Eve at Journey, we’ll explore how Jesus’ arrival made way for his new Kingdom where he will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father” and, most importantly for us this year, “Prince of Peace.” Let’s discover together how to experience the peace that only a true connection with God’s love can bring.
December 17, 2023
The story of the Three Wise Men visiting the baby Jesus may be familiar to us, but those Magi were anything but familiar to Jesus’ parents – they were almost from a different world! What does this say about the type of people Jesus wants to bring into his Kingdom? What role do we play, then, in the beautiful diversity of Jesus’ family? This week we’ll explore a classic Advent story from a refreshingly new and challenging angle and discover how God is calling people from every walk of life to be part of his Kingdom.
December 10, 2023
Speaker: Alex Grahmann
We may have heard the classic Christmas story of the shepherd’s hearing that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. But what if we had been those lowly shepherds? What would our reaction have been? How far did Jesus go to share his love with me? This week we’ll explore this famous Advent story and find that we, just like the shepherds, are seen and called by the God of love.
December 3, 2023
Many of us have heard the story of the angel Gabriel visiting the virgin Mary to tell her that she would have a son, Jesus. But we often overlook a pivotal promise from that interaction: that Jesus’ birth would usher in his Kingdom, and that Kingdom would have no end! But if that Kingdom started 2000 years ago on that first Christmas, where is it now? How can we experience Jesus’ leadership and rule in our lives? This week we’ll see how the classic Christmas stories take on new meaning as we see them as a reflection of Jesus’ character and mission.