This Advent season we are allowing Jesus to tell us why he came. Then we are taking what he tells us and connecting it back to the tapestry of the Old Testament that provides the backdrop for his arrival and ministry.
In this, our first teaching in the series, Josh looks at John 10:10, where Jesus says, "I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly”. Then we are tracing the theme of abundant life back to Genesis, where we find God's first advent at the beginning and the creation of his image bearing creatures. Then we follow that theme forward through the fall of the humans, the curse of sin, onto the promise of blessing made to Abraham. Finally, we see how Jesus was born as the better Adam and the true offspring of Abraham.
In this, our second teaching, Josh looks at Luke 4:18, where Jesus proclaims that the Lord, "...sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives…” Then we trace the theme of liberation from slavery back to Exodus, where we find God's third advent at Mt. Sinai. Then we watch as God liberates his covenant people from the bonds of their slavery in Egypt. Finally, we see how Jesus was born as the better Moses, as the true head crushing hero, and the leader of a greater exodus than freedom from slavery.
In this, our third teaching in the series, Josh looks at John 18:37, where Jesus declares, "...I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world." Then we consider the Davidic Covenant and the careers and failures of Israel's kings. Finally, we see how Jesus was born as the better David, as the true head crushing hero we have been waiting for. He's the one who can get us back to the garden.
In this, our fourth teaching in the series, Jeremy looks at John 14:18, where Jesus tells his disciples, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." Then we examine the importance of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
In this final teaching, Josh looks at Acts 1, where we have the promise that Jesus will come again. We talk about what it looks like for us to wait upon his return. And, as his kingdom people, we discover that we are participating with him in his global gospel conquest.