Today’s Passage: Luke 21:25-36
Father God we are often looking for signs about what the future might hold for us. Will the weather be good? Are there any dangers around the next corner in the road? How is it that we can be so oblivious to the signs of your Son’s predicted return? May we learn from this passage, and this message, that your Son is near and that it is time to prepare for His arrival. May the Spirit guide us to make any necessary final preparations. Reassure us, Heavenly Father, that we will be ready when the time comes. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Casting Crowns – Already There (Official Lyric Video)
Message – Good News or Bad News… You Make the Call [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Will Willimon has long been recognized as one of America’s most prolific preachers, speakers, and authors. On this first Sunday of Advent, Willimon preaches from Luke 21: 25-36. In this passage, we find Jesus in what Willimon describes as “an apocalyptic mood,” talking about the destruction of the magnificent temple in Jerusalem. In Greek, the word apocalypse simply means an “unveiling,” or a “revealing,” and what Jesus reveals in this week’s text is the precariousness of the present. “God is going to end everybody here and everything here,” Willimon says. Is this good news (gospel) or bad news? Listen and decide for yourself.
Closing Song: Jasmine Murray – Fearless (Official Lyric Video)
Father God, may we not be crippled by fear or the unknown. But, where do you stand? May who we are, if we are in Christ, not be hidden from view. May we realize what is truly at stake as we testify to others about who you are and what it means to have a relationship with you. May we lay down those things, at the foot of the cross, that bind us and prevent us from living out your plan and purpose for our lives. In the precious name of Your son, Jesus, I pray. Amen.