Hershey Free Church Sermons
Have you ever found yourself in a complicated situation and wondered: “How did I get here?” Sometimes those situations are the result of dramatic decisions, but in other cases, they may be the result of a series of minor choices. Over time, we simply drifted and somehow ended up at a place where we didn’t want to be. This can be true in our work, it can be true in our relationships, and it can be true in how we engage God. As we continue our study of Hebrews, the author warns us about these kind of situations and tells us: “don’t drift!”
Don't Lose the Plot
Have you ever found yourself floundering in your work or in relationships that are important to you—wondering exactly what you should do next? If so, you know the experience of “losing the plot.” Even as that can happen in different dimensions of our lives, it can also happen to us spiritually. As we begin our journey through the book of Hebrews, the author invites us to look at Jesus carefully so that we don’t “lose the plot.”
In the Waiting: Peace
One of the most familiar themes associated with Christmas is peace. Yet, for some, that theme rings hollow this year due to the conflicts abroad and the cultural divisions at home. However, as we explore this theme more deeply, we will see that the biblical vision of peace is more than the absence of conflict. Rather, it is the presence of shalom, or wholeness, which only God can provide.
In the Waiting: Joy
Despite the complexity and uncertainty that permeate the Christmas story, there is also another theme at work—the reality of joy! Furthermore, Jesus links the outcome of his work to the arrival of joy. In other words, you really can’t understand the message of Christmas until you understand the nature of joy.
In the Waiting: Faith
To some, faith is simply a character trait of religious people, and science has proven that we have no need of it. Yet, in reality, faith is operative in all sorts of ways for all sorts of people. As we look at the Christmas story, the actions of Mary and Joseph reveal the true nature of faith and what the different dimensions of faith look like.
In the Waiting: Hope
Whether you realize it or not, you are designed for hope. In fact, your hopes for the future are shaping your life experience right now. Particularly when life becomes challenging, we need some sense of hope to keep moving forward. In the Christmas story, the experience of Elizabeth and Zechariah reveals why hope is important, and why hope sometimes fades. Nonetheless, in light of the message of Christmas we can now live as people of hope!