This blog post comes from the preaching gifts of The Reverend David Graves of Kingsport, Tennessee.  David was one of our lectionary presenters at our “Lectionarypalooza” event at Emmanuel Christian Seminary on August 8. 


An Unexpected Christmas Message Series


As we approach Christmas Day, I am proposing a theme during advent of unexpected moments and what God does in the midst of them. With the Gospel lessons coming from Matthew, this thought of unexpected moments flow through this Gospel. You could set this theme by using the genealogy in Chapter 1 especially verses 1-6, and correlating it with Matthew’s own conversion experience in Matthew Chapter 9. Matthew, a tax collector did not have a chance in this world, and one day Jesus invited Matthew to follow him. It was an unexpected moment. I wonder how many people in our culture are thinking I don’t have a chance. This was Matthew until he met Jesus. Could this Advent be an unexpected Christmas where Christ becomes known or made known in a deeper way?

December 1-Matthew 24:36-44 (The telling of the second coming in not knowing the day or hour). Unexpected, but be prepared for the unexpected. One could really go a lot of different directions with this one.

Title: “Stay Alert!”

Theme: We tend to believe that we can rescue ourselves.

December 8-Matthew 3:1-12 (Ministry of John the Baptist)

Title: “Going First”

Theme: Who will you extend grace to?

December 15-Matthew 11:2-11 (Ministry to the people)

Title: “Recognizing the Unrecognizable!”

Theme: Our God is a great God!

December 22-Matthew 1:18-25 (Virgin birth of Christ)

Title: “A Covenant Keeper”

Theme: God keeps God’s promises-that’s good news!

Bonuses messages:

Christmas Eve-“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Theme: It is the same old story

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20

December 29-“Second Chance Christmas”

Theme: God continues to invite us to a relationship.

Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23