Christmas Story is Life to Us
In just a few short days, Christmas will be upon us. The story of Jesus’ birth is found in Matthew and Luke. They write the story from historical and political positions. Their themes are Jesus as King of the Jews and Jesus as the Son of God respectively. Mark leaves those themes out completely. Instead, reveals Christ as a servant to mankind. The birth of servants were not noteworthy. John takes an entirely different approach. He writes about the birth of Christ from a spiritual and sociological position. He starts off his letter by declaring; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” And then states unequivocally, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:1-2, 14 (NIV)
In short, the writer is saying, God moved into the neighborhood. He did this by becoming a human, a vulnerable child that grew up in a normal humble home, being subject to all the trials, temptations, pain, victories, success, emotions, and the limitations of any human being on the planet. God did this for these express purposes: to reveal his love for mankind, for providing redemptions for his creation, and to give us hope for this life and the next.
John, the gospel writer, continued this theme in his three letters to the churches. In 1 John 4:9-10 he writes, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
The Christmas story is so much more than a baby in a manger. It is God coming down from heaven in the person of Jesus Christ so that we might live through him. If we miss this point, we have missed the entire Christmas story. The writer goes on to say, “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:4 (NIV) God never intended humans to live outside of the life that is in God. Yet in our rebellion, we think we can do it better on our own. So, we invent Santa, religion of every stripe, special diets, human systems, all in the attempt to do life outside of the life that is in Christ. To suggest be alive only through Christ offends our sense of self enlightenment. We sing a song in our Sunday celebrations, Christ is enough, but the truth is, for many Christians and for those without faith in Christ, this statement is incongruent to their lifestyle.
The Christmas story is that Jesus lived for us, so we could live through him. I mean, really live. Not going through the motions of life, but experiencing the liberty, freedom, and creativity of being alive.
Merry Christmas. May Christ live in us and may we live through him.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
On Sunday, January 6th we will be having baptisms for followers of Jesus. This is for those that are choosing to put their past behind them and follow Jesus. Baptism is a one-time act, but then it requires of us to put our past behind us every day thereafter. If you have not been baptized as an adult and are choosing to make Jesus your Lord and are desirous to be a follower of Him, then you are a candidate for baptism. Email me and we can discuss this with you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking to try something new and life giving?
Here is a great opportunity to start the new year off on the right foot.
Group sign ups are open for the January 3rd start up.
Groups meet once a week in home environments on Wednesday and/or Thursday nights. We delve into connecting deeper with each other and God by sharing our personal lives and exploration based on the previous Sunday’s sermon. Times are also designated for service projects and social times.
To sign up, simply call the church office 352.1722, email email@example.com or sign up on Sunday at the church information table.
Christmas Eve Dinner
Join us and invite friends and family to this wonderful and fun Christmas eve free turkey dinner with all the fixin’s. Monday, Dec 24 at KCF. Doors open at 4:45 pm
For volunteer opportunities, please contact the KCF office.
Our Daily Bread
Our Christmas mail out campaign is in full swing and we have been blessed every day with an abundance of generous donations. It is so wonderful to see how many people joyously and faithfully support and care for the people of Nelson and area. We want to say a huge Thank You to all those who have donated and that give of their time, prayers and resources to support this vital ministry.
Please join with us as we pray that donations continue to flow into ODB on a regular basis throughout the year for the operational needs of Our Daily Bread.
If you have not donated yet, please consider doing so today. You can make a significant impact with a hungry person by donating to Our Daily Bread in Nelson, BC. We have seniors, children, women, young and older people come for food, community and support. Individual lives have been changed forever by the love shown at Our Daily Bread. Please help someone today by donating $100 or what ever you can online at http://kootenaychristianfellowship.com/dat/?p=odb-donations Our Daily Bread Nelson Hot Lunch program. Thank you for supporting those that need it.
Volunteer Opportunities at ODB
Are you seeking more purpose in your life, and wanting to give back and contribute to the community in a hands-on way?
ODB has an ongoing daily need (Mon-Fri) for volunteers ranging from helping in the kitchen, general building/property upkeep or cleaning up after the lunch. Clean up begins at 1pm and is completed by 2pm.
Why not come in to ODB, enjoy a great hot lunch, good company and then help clean up.
Need a new wardrobe? Looking for some Winter clothes? Want to know how to get a good deal on some great items? WE NOW HAVE CLOTHES AT S.H.A.R.E. Nelson. Check it out!
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S.H.A.R.E. is accepting and receiving donations and new items are being put out for sale every day. If you would like to volunteer at S.H.A.R.E. we currently have great opportunities. Call the store at 250.352.1222 or stop by the store to inquire. Click on this link to check out S.H.A.R.E.’s video! Check out our FB page.
Reading the Bible
If you follow the monthly reading program, you can successfully read the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice in a year. I have attached this month’s prescribed reading to this newsletter. Start something new and watch God's word make a difference in your life.
Calendar of Events
Visit our website at http://www.kootenaychristianfellowship.com for all the news, sermons, and places to donate.
December 20, 2018
Kootenay Christian Fellowship520 Falls Street (1/2 Block up from Baker Street)Nelson, BC V1L 6B5