SERMON SERIES: UPSIDE DOWN CHRISTMAS
If you've lived with God for a while, you may have noticed: God so often upends our expectations, defying convention and predictability. And nowhere is that more evident than in the coming of Jesus.
In this series, we’ll use the birth narrative as a lens through which to explore God’s delightfully subversive habit of surprising the world with grace, mercy and generosity. And we’ll see that he calls us to do the same.
PART 1: POWER DOWN
The prophet Isaiah said the coming Christ's rule would be epic. And yet, when the King finally comes, he arrives as a homeless baby and soon becomes a refugee. ...Not what we might expect. But in time, he would show the world that God upends the world’s understanding of Power--its nature and its purpose.
12/11/16 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
PART 2: FLIP THE SCRIPT
God called for Joseph to do the opposite of normal and receive Mary--to trust Him and respond in a way that didn’t seem to be warranted by the circumstances. As followers of Jesus, we’re called by God to join Joseph and flip the script on how we treat others.*
12/18/16 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt
*Apologies for the black bar at the top of the video; it was a giant chapel hanging upside down from the ceiling. (Long story.) :)
PART 3: SHEPHERDS & ANGELS
Shepherds--we're so used to seeing them in our nativity scenes, we forget how crazy it is that the Big Announcement of Christ's arrival was given exclusively to them. In this message, we'll explore how God turns the expectations of ‘who’s invited’ upside down, inviting the least and least likely, and then calling them to invite others.
12/25/16 Speaker: Justin Gerhardt