1. Authentic proclamation, then, is the love of Christ for our souls, which we have seen and experienced through the under-shepherd’s pastoral care put into the words of Christ Himself.
  2. The sign of the cross, according to the earliest centuries of Christians, is “the sign of the Lord,” and every baptized Christian was “marked” with it.
  3. The sermon takes place in the context of a multi-facetted set of relationships experienced through the weeks and months of being together in congregation and community. Those relationships shape the credibility of the preacher in the pulpit. 
  4. Despite our best efforts to avoid him, King Jesus remains very much unavoidable.
  5. When and how did the church start this season of anticipation?
  6. Help comes for those who cannot help themselves. When we bottom-out and come to the end of ourselves, that is where hope springs.
  7. For Christians, Advent is the time when the Church patiently prepares for the coming of the Great King, Jesus the Christ.
  8. The Church stands firm on the word of promise that Christ will one day return to change what we know by faith into sight.
  9. Preachers and church workers must also hear the gospel preached to them.
  10. Whatever else may be said about the Last Day it consists of these two inseparable things: Christ’s coming and His kingdom people being gathered to Him.
  11. The name of God invites us on a journey to see how God will remain present with his people, listen to their cries for salvation, know their sufferings in such an intimate way so as to incarnate them in Christ.
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