Celebrating as the Magi Did

December 20, 2020 • 11:00 am

Scripture: Matthew 2:9–12

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Christmas Celebrations

Tradition and time have embellished much of the events surrounding Christ's arrival to earth, His birth in Bethlehem. Though the simple facts of our text this morning may "pop the balloon" of excitement surrounding the traditionally portrayed account of Jesus' birth, yet the truths revealed in Matthew 2 do not diminish the real joy that is to be experienced! There is a great and holy celebration that occurs in this text of Scripture that we don't want to miss or downplay.

How did the Wise Men celebrate the arrival of Christ? Our text reveals two ways. We can know the same joy when we take the note of the cause for their celebration and the manner in which they celebrated the arrival of Christ.


Part of the series:

Christmas Celebrations

December 13, 2020 • 11:00 am

Celebrating as Mary Did

Scripture: Luke 1:46–56

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Christmas Celebrations

Synopsis: Mary celebrates the coming arrival of Christ to earth by reflecting upon God's person and work in a hymn of praise known as "The Magnificat." If we are to celebrate Christ's coming to Bethlehem as Mary did, our celebration needs to be patterned after hers.

December 13, 2020 • 5:30 pm

The Bread of Life Born in the House of Bread

Scripture: Luke 2:4–7

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Christmas Celebrations

Synopsis: Both the birthplace and the manner in which the second person of the eternal Godhead entered into this world as a baby are most significant and a blessing when we consider what was involved.

December 20, 2020 • 11:00 am

Celebrating as the Magi Did

Scripture: Matthew 2:9–12

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Christmas Celebrations

Synopsis: Tradition and time have embellished much of the events surrounding Christ's arrival to earth, His birth in Bethlehem. Though the simple facts of our text this morning may "pop the balloon" of excitement surrounding the traditionally portrayed account of Jesus' birth, yet the truths revealed in Matthew 2 do not diminish the real joy that is to be experienced! There is a great and holy celebration that occurs in this text of Scripture that we don't want to miss or downplay. How did the Wise Men celebrate the arrival of Christ? Our text reveals two ways. We can know the same joy when we take the note of the cause for their celebration and the manner in which they celebrated the arrival of Christ.

December 20, 2020 • 5:30 pm

The Origins of Christmas

Scripture: Matthew 1:18–25, Matthew 1:21

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Christmas Celebrations

Synopsis: Even though much is said about the origins of Christmas from a skeptic's viewpoint or from well-intentioned believers who try to convince others the holiday should not be celebrated by Christians, I want us tonight to go to Scripture to learn the true Origins of Christmas. What we find may surprise you!

December 27, 2020 • 5:30 pm

What Gift for God?

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15, Psalm 116:12–19

Speaker: Pastor Miguel Betancourt II

Series: Christmas Celebrations

Synopsis: This past Friday we celebrated Christ's birth and exchanged Christmas gifts with loved ones. The idea of gift giving brings two thought-provoking questions to mind: 1) Have you ever considered a gift exchange with God? 2) What have you given to God to express your love and gratitude for His gifts to you? The psalmist seems to be thinking along the same lines with his question in Psalm 116:12. Using the acronym "S.T.O.P.", let's take some time to stop and consider what gift we should give to God in return to His many benefits to us.