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Christmas homily: “The What, How, and Why of Christmas”

December 31, 2014
Ryan Kirk and the choir from our "Christmas Jubilee," held Sunday evening, 12-21-14.

Ryan Kirk and the choir from our “Christmas Jubilee,” held Sunday evening, 12-21-14.

On Sunday evening, December 21, our church music ministry, led by music minister Ryan Kirk, told the Christmas story through song and video. I also had the opportunity to preach the gospel through a short Christmas message. I discussed the true meaning of Christmas using Matthew 1:21: Jesus, which means “God saves,” came to save us from our sin. I then talked about how Jesus saves us, through his atoning death on the cross, and why, using Jesus’ Parable of the Lost Sheep.

My message concluded with an invitation to receive Christ. I compared God’s gift of salvation to a Christmas gift, “which is addressed to us with our names on it.” But we still have to receive it. I said, “I would be failing as a pastor not to offer you God’s gift of salvation, which is available through Jesus Christ.”

You can listen to the message below or download it by right-clicking on this link: