Corbin Hobbs - December 5, 2021

Luke 2:8-21 - Transformation Through Trust

The following episode is a live recorded sermon from the Sunday gathering at The Heights Church Denver on 12/05/21 It’s easy to feel stuck when it comes to our relationship to God. We often feel as though no matter how hard we try, we just don’t see the renewal that we want in our lives. But have you ever stopped to consider if you even trust God? Skipping from hearing to obeying without first trusting that what God is saying is good and meant for your flourishing is a sure-fire way to become stuck in what feels like a kind of cyclical failure. The good news is, the Christmas story shows us that God is trustworthy. By leaving what was rightfully his and becoming a helpless infant, God is demonstrating for us that he is for us, and that he will go to any lengths to bring us back to himself. Listen as we walk through the account of the shepherds in Luke 2 to see a model for how to live life with God and experience renewal.

From Series: "Advent: Good News of Great Joy"

The word Advent means “coming.” For centuries, followers of Jesus have set aside the twenty-five days leading up to Christmas to remember Jesus’ coming and all that he brings. So what does Jesus bring? The angel tells us…great joy. But notice what else the angel says. The great joy that Jesus brings does not come as good advice, but good news. If Jesus just came to bring good advice, that would be one thing. But good news is better than good advice. Tim Keller writes, “Advice is counsel about what you must do. News is a report about what has already been done. Advice urges you to make something happen. News urges you to recognize something that has already happened. Advice says it is all up to you to act. News says someone else has acted.” Jesus did not come and give you good advice that could produce great joy if you keep it. He came and secured great joy for you so that you can receive it.

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