A Spirit-Filled Christmas
''And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,''
''For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.''
INTRODUCTION: I trust that as I allow the Spirit of God to control me this Christmas it will lead to a Christ-filled, Christ-centered Christmas.
Ever since as early as the 4th century some Christian groups were celebrating Christmas on December 25th. The almanac referred to the day as the ''birth of Christ.''
Two words I'd like to introduce this service with is Advent and Noel.
Advent itself means ''arrival'' or ''an appearing or coming into place.'' Christians often speaks of Christ's ''first advent'' and ''second advent;'' that is, His first and second comings to earth. His first advent would be the Incarnation-Christmastime.
The Advent celebration is both a commemoration of Christ's first coming and an anticipation of His second coming. As Israel longed for their Messiah to come, so Christians long for their Savior to come again.
Advent is seen as a time to prepare one's heart for Christmas and for the eventual return of Christ (and the judgement He will bring to the world).
The carols of Christmas were written with such meaning and intending to call our attention to Christ, His work, worth, and worship. These Christmas carols are full of Bible truth set to music, much like Israel Psalms.
THE FIRST NOEL
The First Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
In fields as they lay;
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold ...
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