First Sunday of Advent
This coming Lord’s Day will be the first Sunday in Advent. The season of Advent doesn’t actually include Christmas Day but leads us to it and so Advent is an entire season of waiting. As the expectation and anticipation of Advent builds, each Sunday we will light candles and read scripture that lead us to the commemoration of that glorious, and even scandalous, event wherein our Redeemer left His heavenly throne and all that was His.
The words of Phil. 2:6-8 lay it out perfectly: “6…though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
The first candle we light is called the “Candle of Hope.” It symbolizes faith in God keeping his promises to humanity to send a Redeemer and rescue His people.
THE WORD PREACHED
Scripture: Revelation 12:1-17
Sermon: The Gospel in Pictures: The Drama Behind the Drama
DECLARATION OF FAITH
Belgic Confession: Article 17, The Recovery of Fallen Man
We believe that our most gracious God, in His admirable wisdom and goodness, seeing that man had thus thrown himself into temporal and spiritual death, and made himself wholly miserable, was pleased to seek and comfort him when he trembling fled from His presence, promising him that He would give His Son, who should be born of a woman, to bruise the head of the serpent, and would make him happy.