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Advent Conspiracy: Christmas Eve

The church is supposed to be beacons of hope and beacons of light.

Introduction

When I was a teenager, I worked at the mall at a shoe store. And I loved working on Christmas Eve, because as a salesman on commission, I made a ton of money that day. People would come in all day long and buy whatever we had in stock because they were late and desperate. As a new believer I remember thinking, There’s got to be more than this!?

For some of us, Christmas is more of a hassle than a source of joy and happiness. It can bring stress, anxiety, and depression. Christmas for some is endured and not enjoyed. During this Advent series we tried to get back to the basics and remind ourselves why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. We spent each Sunday focused on one of four ways to conspire against all the consumerism at Christmas.

Let me summarize our journey together.

Worship Fully

We encouraged everyone to first: Worship Fully.

The truth is we, all worship something. Christmas is about bowing down to the Christ child and giving him our worship, attention, and focus. In the Christmas story, Mary, the shepherds, the Magi, Simeon, Anna, and others all did this, they all gave Jesus their worship. And when they did that, God began to do his work in them.

Spend Less

The following Sunday we encouraged people to: Spend Less.

Consumerism, debt, and discontentment are some of the great enemies at Christmas. We outlined five ways to practice contentment:

  • Dare to disappoint people
  • Pause in the panic
  • Educate yourself
  • Accept generosity
  • Think a little harder

Spend less except when you should spend more.

Give More

Week three we focused on: Give More.

This Sunday we studied the doctrine of the Incarnation, the truth of God coming in the flesh to be with us. We are to give our all to Jesus because he gave himself for us. God ...

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Rob Hall is the Lead Pastor at New North Church, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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