Olivet Community Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Transforming our Community
The Advent Conspiracy.  Now I know what you’re thinking! You’re thinking “Everyone wants to start the Christmas season before we’ve even had Thanksgiving! You’ve become one of them!” In a way, you’re right! We want to help you experience Advent and Christmas like never before this season, but to do that we’re going to have to be proactive! We don’t just want to survive the holy-days, we want to experience them like never before! Let me try and explain!
We all know that Christmas is about hope, love, redemption and promise. So, what happened? How did it turn into a time to buy stuff, sit in traffic, pay bills, go to church and pray for lenient return policies? We all know that Christ is the reason for the season! What if He used this Christmas to transform the world before our eyes? Welcome to the Advent Conspiracy! The concept is simple: It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. It transforms us in between! Advent is a time to remember that He has come into the world, and that He is coming again! It’s a time to bow down in worship before the Christ-child, and to allow Him to be born again in us! It’s also a time to remember our loved ones, and to give gifts. But how often do we buy presents for no other reason than obligation? Perhaps we need to rethink Christmas--and gift our loved ones, our community and even the world with the greatest gifts of all--His presence and our time. For Christmas God gave us His Son. Jesus gave Himself. Give someone your time for Christmas. Go sledding. Make something. Bake, sing, walk, talk, play, laugh, write a letter. Give yourself. Don’t underestimate what God could do in you and through you... both here and throughout the world!
Because He is coming again!