The season of Advent begins this Lord’s Day, November 30, 2014. nike air max 97 It is seasons of celebration and reflection, such as Advent, that serve the Christian and the Church to renew and strengthen our hope and faith in the Father’s plan and work of redeeming His people and all of creation. The season of Advent does this particularly well in that, during the four weeks of observance, the Christian is guided to reflect on the promises of the coming Messiah (beginning with Genesis 3), the actual arrival (or Advent) of the Messiah (the Gospels), and the promise of the second coming of the Messiah (the promise and hope of the Epistles through Revelation). Air Jordan 6 Retro By going through God’s word in this compacted four weeks observance, we are reminded of how God is at a constant state of redeeming all of history and we can better comprehend how to “connect the dots” starting with the Garden all the way through the New Jerusalem as God progressively reveals His redemptive plan. California Golden Bears First, the writer of Hebrews summarizes the great patriarchs and kings of old referring to them collectively as “so great a cloud of witness.” As one reads the list offered in Hebrews, you realize that these were not always “good” people. nike tn 2017 homme There are murderers, prostitutes, cowards, drunkards, adulterers, and so forth on the list. But the one thing the writer says they all had in common is they “all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” Second, at the first Advent Jesus did not find a bride adorned with beauty and readied for the bridegroom. Instead, he found a bride who had played the harlot and killed the prophets of God (Matt 23:37 & Rev 19:2). cheap kobe They lost sight of God’s plan of redemption and substituted their own desires and agenda above God’s. Thus they failed to rightly steward the promises handed down to them. Nike Air Jordan 13 Womens
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Third, as a consequence of their faithless stewarding of the promises of God, the stewardship was stripped away from the Jews and given to another congregation of God, His Church. Georgia Bulldogs That is the place of redemptive history we find ourselves at today: in possession of the promises, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the charge of faithfully administering those promises until the Second Advent, the Second Coming of King Jesus. Scarpe Nike Italia In that capacity, we find ourselves in the place of those before us. asics gel lyte 3 soldes First, we are not perfect people nor are we “a perfect people.” We share between ourselves many shortcomings and failings. NIKE AIR HUARACHE
But that does not relieve us, His people and His Church, of our duty to steward the promises of God properly and productively. Second, we are likely to share the fate of the previous generations before us: “all died in faith, not having received the promises.…” Now, such a realization should not throw us into the depths of despair nor debauchery. asics soldes Rather, it should stir us to “make sure our salvation,” live in belief of the promises, and diligently steward those promises faithfully and productively. nike requin Madison Bumgarner Jersey Third, we are charged with the duty to steward the promises of God properly and productively. nike air max femme pas cher One way we do this is by ensuring that the next generation has and holds to those promises that have been entrusted to our care – that we teach them the ways of a faithful steward so that they can in turn steward the promises of God properly and productively. adidas zx 750 homme The season of Advent is only one of the means by which God has endowed His Church with seasons and festivals and memorials for the purpose of revealing to and encouraging of His people to hold fast to the promises and to do so to the very end.