In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the meaning of Christmas; not the commercialized version, but the real meaning– in the past, the present, and the future. Here are some excerpts:

“…One way to murder Christmas is to sentimentalize it. We can so glamorize the “Child in the manger” as to reduce the religion of Calvary and the empty tomb to an easygoing, amiable emotionalism which is the very antithesis of authentic Christianity…”

“Mind you, I am not for a moment seeking to demean the beauty of the story by Matthew and Luke, of our Lord’s birth, but I am suggesting that…”

What Is The Meaning?

“Paul, in writing to Titus, gives us a message that grapples with the larger meaning of Christmas, past, present and future.”

1. The Past Meaning of Christmas.

…Here is the very heart and soul of the Christian Gospel — the good news of an historical event that took place 2,000 years ago, an event that …”

2. The Present Meaning of Christmas.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live…”

3. The Future Meaning of Christmas.

“…And the future meaning of Christmas will be this tremendous…”

“…St. John, in his first letter, puts it very beautifully — “Dear friends, now we are the children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as Christ is pure” (1 John 3:2,3)…”

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The Meaning of Christmas– Past, Present, And Future. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

December 3, 1989

Titus 2:11-13

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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