Both the 9am (inside) and 11am (outside) Sunday worship services can be watched live on our Worship page and a recording will be posted of each service shortly after each one finishes. In addition, our condensed online service is available at 7am on Sunday mornings.
Advent (5 weeks): During the season of Advent we will ask the great question that hangs over any honest look at Jesus: who then is this (Mark 4:41)? We will look at the beginning of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke to answer the question, and join with Jesus’ mother, Mary, by treasuring what we learn and pondering its mystery (Luke 2:19).
Who Jesus Is
November 29 – Fix our Eyes on Jesus’ Identity: “Who then is this?”: Mark 4:35-41
Sermon Follow-Up, Sermon Slides
December 6 – Second Sunday of Advent: Fix our Eyes on Jesus’ Identity: “You are my beloved Son.”: Mark 1:1-11
December 13 – Third Sunday of Advent: Fix our Eyes on Jesus’ Identity: “God with us.”: Matthew 1:18-24
December 20 – Fourth Sunday of Advent: Fix our Eyes on Jesus’ Identity: “Called holy.”: Luke 1:26-38
December 24 – Christmas Eve Services: Fix our Eyes on Jesus’ Identity: “A Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”: Luke 2:1-20
2020-2021 Annual Focus: Fix Our Eyes
In 2020 there is no shortage of suitors for our attention. From advertising online to headlines in newspapers, it seems that everyone wants us to fix our eyes on something. In the midst of all that vies for our eyes, what do you fix your eyes on most?
Does the glow of a smart phone light your face at night? Is it the fluctuating numbers of the market that you check throughout the day? Is there a website you revisit constantly to make sure you don’t miss anything? Does your Facebook feed get more time than your family? Is there a number on a scale you are so desperate to see that you check every morning? Has the coronavirus pandemic pushed you to look more and more at the challenges of the moment than the promises of God for the future?
The 21st century is not the first moment for God’s people when competition for attention raged throughout the culture. In the New Testament book of Hebrews we read about a church that had its attention gobbled up by their circumstances. They had experienced a “hard struggle with sufferings,” public criticism, and loss of property (Heb. 10:32-34). This led to people drifting away from the faith (Heb. 2:7), people leaving the church (Heb. 10:26), and a crisis of confidence (Heb. 10:35).
What advice does God’s Word have for God’s people whose attention has been gobbled up by the concerns of the present moment? The author of Hebrews tells his beleaguered congregation to keep “our eyes fixed on Jesus the source and goal of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2, Phillips). When we find ourselves frustrated with our present circumstances, fix our eyes on Jesus. When our minds race with anxiety about the future, fix our eyes on Jesus. When we can’t find our way through the darkness, fix our eyes on Jesus. When the noise around us gets louder and louder, fix our eyes on Jesus.
Jesus himself warns us to be careful what we look at: “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness” (Matthew 6:22-23)! Somewhere in the midst of this encouragement and challenge is a promise. If you want a life that is full of light, fix your eyes on what is healthy. You could paraphrase the promise like this: “fix your eyes on the right things and your eyes will be fixed.” What could be healthier than fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Light of the world? If we fix our eyes on Jesus, our eyes will be fixed.
From September of 2020 to June of 2021, let us have the courage to ask the question, “what do I fix my eyes on most?” Then, may we learn together how to fix our eyes on Jesus and experience how different our circumstances, suffering, and problems facing our church, nation, and world, all look through “fixed eyes.”
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