Advent Series: Christmas Belles

November 27th, 2015 | Sermon Topic

For most of us, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree to decorate. Whatever your preference, a wide tree or a tall tree, tinsel or ornaments, colored lights or white ones, the Christmas tree holds a special place in each home. In Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Matthew, we discover a colorful Christmas tree of a different sort, the ancestral family tree of Jesus Christ himself. Hung against the backdrop of 52 generations of patriarchs from Abraham to Joseph, are four Christmas Belles: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Mary. These four women of various races, social classes, and life circumstances are all part of the pedigree of Jesus. From amidst the confusion, grief and pain in each of their lives is born redemption. Each of their lives sounds forth one of the Advent Themes of Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace. This Advent, we will let the stories of these Christmas Belles ring out as we prepare our hearts for birth of Christ the King.

Series Outline

Date Passage Character Candle
November 29 Genesis 38 Tamar, Canaanite Widow Hope
December 6 Joshua 2 Rahab, Canaanite Prostitue Joy
December 13 Ruth 1-4 Ruth, Moabite Widow Love
December 20 Luke 1-2 Mary, Jewish Virgin Peace

Jon Ritner joined Ecclesia as Lead Pastor in August of 2015. Before moving to LA, Jon had served for three years as a Pastor in a small church plant in Brussels, Belgium and for 10 years as a Pastor in a large church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Jon and his wife, Kristyn, have been married since 2002 and have two children, Addy (10) and Jax (7). Jon is a native of New York and a graduate of The College of William and Mary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Also, he keeps himself humble by rooting for the Chicago Cubs and playing pick up basketball with guys half his age.

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