Advent – Week 1

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Reading: Matthew 24:36-44 

The church’s mission is not to make its members so holy that they get into heaven, but to put heaven into earth.

Watching
We are called to watch not wait.
We care called to watch for the Kingdom – something remarkable will come fuelled by hope.
Watch silently.
In anticipation, in the darkness, in the celebration, and in the crowd.

The church’s mission is not to make its members so holy that they get into heaven, but to put heaven into earth.

Prepare
Advent is a time of preparing, not procrastinating.
Take the opportunity to share the Kingdom.
How do we push the Kingdom’s boundary forwards?

The church’s mission is not to make its members so holy that they get into heaven, but to put heaven into earth.

Celebrate
Advent is a time of celebrating not commiserating.
We all have sadnesses.
Advent is a time of celebration.
Quiet confidence in God, subtle, never overstated, and greatly effective.
A time of promise – Jesus is coming back. Jesus will return.
Aslan is on the move.
Celebrate God’s goodness.

The church’s mission is not to make its members so holy that they get into heaven, but to put heaven into earth.