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Come and Worship

Celebrating the Sights, Symbols, Songs, and Stories of Christmas

Sunday, December 3, 2023
(First Sunday of Advent: Hanging of the Green)

Title: “The Symbols of Christmas”
Text: Matthew 2:1-12
Fallen Condition Focus: The symbols of Christmas are not mere decorations but the means by which we all may remember the events that led to Jesus’ birth and do so in a way that captures our imagination.
Governing Theological Theme: God provided a symbol – a star – by which the Magi would find Jesus so that they could worship him.
Thesis: God always provides means for us to remember the story of Jesus and to celebrate the promise of His Coming Messiah.
(Illustration: Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction & the Bethlehem Star)

Sunday, December 10, 2023
(Second Sunday of Advent)

Title: “The Songs of Christmas”
Text: Psalm 98
Fallen Condition Focus: While the Psalm’s genre is praise, the antithesis of this Psalm would be despair should the Lord not prove victorious.
Governing Theological Theme: Israel had a reason to sing because of God’s victory over Israel’s enemies and his continued faithfulness to his people.
Thesis: The songs we sing at Christmas touch all our senses – our memories, our emotions, our hope, our love, our joy and remind us of every aspect of our faith.

Sunday, December 17, 2023
(Third Sunday in Advent: Christmas Musical)

Sunday, December 24, 2023
(Fourth Sunday in Advent: 9:30 AM Worship Only)

Title: “The Stories of Christmas”
Text: Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20
Fallen Condition Focus: While there is comfort in the familiarity of the Christmas Stories, the romantic images we associate with Christmas may prevent us from hearing the stories as they are intended – subversive stories in which God uses the unlikeliest to rescue the world.
Governing Theological Theme: Salvation comes through the lowest of people in the lowest of places…
Thesis: God brings salvation to unlikely people, by an unlikely means, and for an unbelievable purpose in stories that are more powerful than we give credit.

Christmas Eve Service (5:00 PM)

Title: “The Sights of Christmas”
Text: Isaiah 9:2-7; John 1:1-14
Fallen Condition Focus: The traditions of Christmas developed in Northern European nations that experienced 16+ hours of darkness on a daily basis in the winter, which could lead to depression and dreariness. Darkness symbolized all that was opposed to God.
Governing Theological Theme: Light reminds God’s people of truth, goodness, and hope in the midst of darkness.
Thesis: Jesus Christ is the light that pierces the darkness of the world, drawing us to the light of God!

Sunday, December 31
(Tim Out, Andrew Preaching; 9:30 AM Worship Only)

Sunday, January 7, 2024
(Deacon Ordination)

Title: “Entrusted”
Text: Acts 6:1-7
Fallen Condition Focus: The “first deacons” were charged with the task of not only overseeing rations for widows, but to diffuse the perception that the Gentile widows were somehow less important than the Jewish widows within the church.
Governing Theological Theme: The leaders of the church saw fit to organize in response to need and trusted that those among them were suited for the task.
Thesis: To serve in the role of a deacon at First Baptist Laurens is to be entrusted with the oversight of buildings, finances, the staff, and ultimately the mission of the church.