At this time of year, we often think of joy as a synonym for happiness. We, as Christians, then think that since we are to be full of joy, that we should also be happy at all times. This week, Pastor Doug looks at joy from an eternal perspective. We are allowed to be anxious at times, but need to derive our deepest joy in the coming of Jesus.
This week, Pastor Ben shows us that peace can be achieved through the hope we have in Christ. This peace was promised to Israel, to the shepherds in Bethlehem, and to the entire world. We, in turn, get to show this peace to bring people to Jesus.
As we begin a new Advent series, Pastor Doug brings up the story of Simeon, who had waited his whole life to see the Christ. We need to keep our hope alive to be with Jesus, just as Simeon had even into his old age.