Carols: Why Christ's Birth Makes us Sing

Carols: Why Christ's Birth Makes us Sing

In this series we are unpacking some of our most beloved carols for the Christmas season. We will see how a few of these ancient tunes actually have much to say about the person of Jesus, His glorious incarnation, and the fulfillment of prophesy. We believe that the good news of the birth of Jesus and that God dwelled with us to save and redeem us is worthy of beautiful praise. This is why Christ’s birth makes us sing!

O Come All Ye Faithful

December 20, 2015 | John 1:1-14 | christmas

Christmas carols. All of us have our favorites. I don’t know what mood you’re in this Christmas. Perhaps because of this warm North Carolina weather you’re singing along with Bing Crosby: “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” Or maybe you’re missing someone this Christmas and you’re humming along with Elvis: “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.” Whether it’s a white one or a blue one, there’s just something about Christmas that makes us want to sing.

When did all of this caroling begin? It was a little over 2,000 years ago when Christ was born and an angelic choir sang “Glory to God in the highest” to an audience of shepherds in Bethlehem. Faithful followers of Jesus have been singing ever since!

O Holy Night

December 13, 2015 | Luke 2:1-14 | christmas

What would move you to “fall on your knees” in worship today? Many of us have lost the wonder and worship of Christ’s coming. For some the holidays are a reminder of the empty chairs at the supper table this year. Or of the trials that challenge us to fall short of our expectations for the perfect Christmas season.  But the carol, “O Holy Night”, inspired by Luke’s gospel, invites us to contemplate the story of Christmas anew

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

December 6, 2015 | Matthew 1:18-25 | christmas

In Matthew’s gospel, he showed that the birth of Christ was the fulfillment of the Old Testament’s promises. Writing to a predominantly Jewish audience, he desired to give them the hope that they had long awaited. We too can experience this hope that we have been truly searching for. In today’s passage we will study the fulfillment of God’s promise to send His Son who is Emmanuel, God with us. Today we will see three ways to experience “God with us” in our lives.