In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith talks answers the question, “What’s so special about Christmas?’ What does it really mean to you? Here are some excerpts:
“…Now, what’s so special about Christmas anyway? Why all the big hoopla? I’ll tell you — it is the centerpiece of our history. Even our calendar reminds us of Jesus. “A.D. 1990” – “in the year of our Lord 1990.” The reference point is Jesus Christ. God split history with the event of Christmas…”
“…What is so special about Christmas? I think that Philippians 2:5-11 answers that question. We have in this passage, I believe, the most persuasive explanation in all of the Bible of Who Jesus Christ is, and of what He came to do.
So, we’re going to look today at the bedrock foundation of all that we believe as Christians. And I want you to see four things concerning the importance of Christmas:
“..Jesus is Lord… [Y]ou say it when you’re told you have a terminal illness; when you don’t know why a loved one has died and your heart is broken — Jesus is Lord! And you say it when you’re lonely, and you say it at Christmas, and you make it the theme of your life. And that’s what it means to be a believer!
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” That’s what God says (Romans 10:9), and that’s the result of Christmas!”
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.