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Advent: Preparing for the Presence

Advent: Preparing for the Presence Sermon Audio Here

Mat.11:2-11; Isa.35:1-10

When we hear the word “presence” around this time of year, we assume the topic is “presents”. But instead of focusing on gifts given and received, what about considering the closeness of Christ? What happens when we’re in God’s presence?

What Can We Know About God’s Presence?

The Facts of the First Advent ~ Mat.11:2-11

  • v2/3 The question: who is Jesus, really? We try to verify that we’re really in God’s presence
  • v4/6 the answer: look at changed lives
  • v7/11 the experience: pointing out that God changes lives can lead to confusion: we don’t EXPECT God’s presence to make the kind of difference He actually does

God’s presence in the present is what we see from Matthew; consider the ancient promise of His presence, from Isaiah:

The Surety of the Second Advent ~ Isa.35:1-10

  • v1/2 God’s glory will be known
  • v3/4 God’s justice will be felt
  • v5/6 God’s people will be healed
  • v7/8 God’s creation will be remade
  • v9/10 God’s family will be gathered

We have already received the first part of the promise of our salvation; the presence of Jesus, of which we’re reminded every Advent. We can also trust the surety of our salvation; the world to come with the Second Advent. Let us wait and watch for both this season.

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Advent: Preparing for the Promise

Advent: Preparing for the Promise Sermon Audio Here

Isa.11:1-10; Rom.15:4-13

Have you ever noticed the emphasis children place on promises? “You PROMISE?” is asked with emphasis on the word. “Pinky swear” has been around since at least 1860. Consider Jepthah’s vow in Judges 11:29-40, and the seriousness with which a vow is considered. Why is a promise given so powerful to us?

Promises are both Given and Received:

God’s Promised Person Will Be… ~ Isaiah 11:1-10

  • v1 a Descendant of David, a fulfillment of God’s promise (2 Sam. 7)
  • v2/5 Judge of Justice, God’s righteousness his foundation (the BELT)
  • v6/10 a Provider of Peace, our reaction to His teaching

Our Part of the Promise Will Be… ~ Romans 15:4-13

  • v4/7 that We Glorify God Together
  • v8/12 that We Receive an Old Promise for New Mercy

CLOSE: Rom.15:13 The Point of the Promise for which we Prepare: to be filled with joy and peace of the Lord, so the Spirit will fill us with His hope.


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