Advent (1) Get Excited, Not Worried!

Advent hope stems from Christmas: God who is faithful to his promises came once, and so we have hope that he will come again. That is our great hope: our great hope is that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again to completely establish his eternal Kingdom on earth as in heaven, for which his first coming opened the Way and his second coming will bring to completion.

The Substance of His Kingship: Restoration

Our mission is fidelity to the King and the announcement of his kingship. This fidelity and announcement have power. When one lives under the power of this kingship and kingdom, it is accompanied by signs, signs of merciful love: the hungry are fed, the thirsty have drink, the strangers are welcomed, the naked are clothed, the sick and prisoners are visited. The kingdom is breaking in, and these are the signs that it is present.

FIAT: Let the Kingdom Come

This is our theme for Stewardship this year: FIAT, “Let it be done to me.” As God continues to establish His Kingdom, as we renew our commitment to Evangelizing, to being His Disciples, to being good Stewards—it all begins with FIAT: letting it happen. The Kingdom of God arrives in and through you. Render to God what belongs to God, turn yourself over to Him, and He will accomplish the rest.