Simplify Christmas – Celebrate Christ!
Advent 3 – “Rejoice!”
We simplify Christmas by clarifying our focus - on Christ!
Colossians 3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Advent 1 – Coming!
Advent 2 – Prepare!
Mark 1 “The time has come, the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Jesus
Advent 3 – Rejoice!
Philippians 4 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
14 Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy.
The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.
16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.
17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
This week’s Remember Verse:
“Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again, REJOICE! Philippians 4:4
The Anatomy of “Rejoice!”:
Vs. 14 What do we do? We sing, shout aloud, be glad, rejoice with all our heart!
Vs. 15 What does God do? He takes way punishment, defeats enemies, comes to be with us!
Vs. 16 What do we NOT do? We do not fear and do not give up!
Vs. 17 What is God doing? He is with us and is mighty to save! He delights in us! His love insures that “rebuke” is not His last word to us but rejoices over us with singing!
How? Raise your Gaze! Focus on Christ as you simplify Christmas by using the Advent Devotion booklet and the following Scriptures that coincide with today’s Advent sermon, “Rejoice”. Enjoy!
Monday – Philippians 4:4-9
Tuesday – Zephaniah 3:14-20
Wednesday – Psalm 13
Thursday– Luke 1:39-56
Friday – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-23
Saturday – Psalm 118:15-29
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