Why Christmas: The Main Story Behind the Back Story
Why Christmas? Do we really need Christmas? Seriously, why Christmas? As it turns out, we all need it! South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, is beginning a new series, Why Christmas? on Saturday, December 7, at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
The Christmas story doesn’t begin with two folks who can’t find a place to have their baby. It doesn’t start in Matthew or Luke. The Christmas story is an unbelievable, incoherent, impossible promise made 2,090 years before Christmas Day. The promise of Christmas was made to a man who chose to believe the unbelievable promise two thousand years before it ever came to be.
“The Christmas story is remarkable because it really does not begin with a couple who wasn’t sure how they got pregnant. It began with a couple who couldn’t get pregnant. It began with a couple who wasn’t sure if they would ever have a baby,” said Martin Hawley, pastor.
South Bay Bible Church invites the public to this three-part, unique learning opportunity.
- Why the World Needed Christmas (Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 49:6; Malachi 1:11; Galatians 4:4; Luke 1:26-33) – December 7-8: The whole world would be blessed because the whole world needed blessing; it needed Christmas. You may find the events surrounding the birth of Jesus a bit unbelievable. If so, you’re not alone. However, when you hear the entire story – the backstory – well, the whole thing is quite remarkable.
- Why God Needed Christmas (Galatians 4:4-5; Romans 5:7-8; Acts 3:14-15; Matthew 1:20-23) – December 14-15: God staged a demonstration. The world needed an illustration. We needed to see it to believe it. As you know, love must be shown to be known. If you don’t show it, nobody knows it. That’s the message of Christmas.
- Why We Need Christmas (Matthew 1:18-21, 24; John 10:10, 4:13-14; Romans 6:12-14, 23) – December 21-22: Why Christmas? As it turns out, we all need Christmas. But it might not be for the reasons you think.
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