We began our advent series through Matthew 1-2 by considering the connections between Jesus and the Old Testament. The genealogy of Jesus Christ indicates that this is a very important person, in fact he is the long awaited Messiah. He is the Son of Abraham,fulfilling God's promise to bring blessing to the world. And he is the Son of David, fulfilling God's promise of an eternal king. Jesus' birth is a joyous occasion, but it is also a threat to our selfishness and idolatry.
Spend some time this week meditating on the implications of Jesus as the Son of David and Son of Abraham. What is your response to his blessing? What is your response to his reign?
Listen to "Jesus, Son of David, Son of Abraham"
PREPARING TO HEAR
This week takes us to God's announcement to Joseph that his son will be called Immanuel, God with us. The birth of Jesus brings the presence of God among his people. God comes to be with us because we need him to do something for us, something we could never do ourselves. As you prepare for this Sunday, read Matthew 1:18-25 and consider the following questions:
- What is the significance of the passage from Isaiah that Matthew quotes?
- What does Joseph's response to God's Word teach us?
- What is your attitude towards the incarnation?
- What is Jesus' attitude towards you that he demonstrates in the incarnation?
Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Steven as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.