Advent 2021

2021 Growing to Maturity: What is Christmas?

28 November - 19 December 2021

Most people understand Christmas to be more than about eggnog, shopping, and decorating the tree.  Christians, in particular, are keenly aware it is a celebration of Jesus’ birth.

However, is there more to this season than a commemoration of the Immaculate Conception, the Nativity scene, and the visiting magi?  More importantly, how does the coming of the Son of God affect the way we ought to live?

During this season of Advent we will examine scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments to reflect on what Christmas really means.

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Date: 2021-12-19

Luke 2:1-20 (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: Micah 5:1-5a
Date: 2021-12-12

Micah 5:1-5a (NIV)

A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem

Marshal your troops now, city of troops,
    for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel’s ruler
    on the cheek with a rod.

Speaker: Guest
Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7
Date: 2021-12-05

Isaiah 9:1-7 (NIV)

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

Speaker: Josephine Kwong
Scripture: John 1:1-18
Date: 2021-11-28

John 1:1-18 (NIV)

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.