On this first Sunday after Christmas, as our lives return back to normal and we get back to things we may have put on hold during the holiday season, Pastor Adam looks at some “Christmas Leftovers,” things we have to face after the Christmas season, and he unpacks how we can tackle these without feelings of fear and anxiousness.
“This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.'” (Matthew 1:18-21 NLT)
As a child, oftentimes we received an unexpected gift from someone that turned out to be what we considered to be “the perfect gift.” As this year’s “Avalanche of Generosity” winds down, Pastor Jesse continues a look at SLW’s core principles, closing with “Radical Love,” the ultimate perfect, unexpected gift we received at Christmas with the birth of Jesus Christ.
Continuing our “Avalanche of Generosity” series and our look at five missional principles we focus on at SLW, we look at “reckless pursuit” and “transformational multiplication” as they relate to the Christmas story and to our call to live out these principles in our lives as we serve others.