This week the kids will be learning a special lesson which coincides with Sunday’s Advent sermon about Humility and Christmas Trees from Galatians 3:13. Feel free to tune in to the Resolved Kids lesson below.
Advent | Christmas Symbols & The Savior They Point To
Hope: Light and Promise of Light | John 1:9 | Duane Smets
This is a special Advent sermon on Hope. It explores how Christmas lights serve as a symbol of the hope that we have in the coming Light of the World. This sermon was originally preached on December 1st, 2013 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.
Special Announcement | Resolved Church Christmas Brunch
On December 22nd, the final Sunday of Advent, we will be celebrating Christmas (a few days early!) as a church family with a special potluck brunch during the 11am service time. If you normally come to the 11am service, consider coming a little early to worship and learn at the 9am service, and then stay for the food and friends. If you normal attend the 9am or night service, please consider swinging by around 11am to enjoy some extra fellowship.
If you can make it, please bring some kind of brunch appropriate food item to share. At the very least, James and Duane have promised to provide a bounty of pancakes.
Advent 2013 – This year at The Resolved Church we will be looking at some of the various Christmas icons of our culture and how they can point to something much more meaningful when we consider a connection with the coming of Jesus into our world.
December 1st – Christmas Lights | The Prophecy Candle of Hope: For this week of Advent we will look at how Jesus is the promised light who came into the world.
December 8th – Christmas Trees | The Bethlehem Candle of Humility: For this week of Advent we will look at the carpenter messiah who comes to give His life up hanging on a tree.
December 15th – Christmas Bells | The Shepherds Candle of Joy: For this week of Advent we will look at the celebration of Christ’ birth and the sounds of His return.
December 22nd – Christmas Angels | The Angels Candle of Peace: For this week of Advent we will look at angels as the messengers of God and the message they bring.
In addition, during the month of December many people throughout the ages have enjoyed a daily advent devotional either for themselves or to do with their family. Here are some links to a few exceptional ones we highly recommend to you:
• Our King Is Born by Andrew Burkhart
• Good News of Great Joy by John Piper
• Counting the Days, Lighting the Candles by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
Blog | Spoilers: Thanksgiving Is Part of Advent | J.D. Bale
For about 5 seconds this Sunday, I was really dumb and found myself wondering if Duane had mixed up his holidays and written a Christmas sermon one month (or four) early– Why is the Thanksgiving sermon all about gifts? Isn’t that kind of putting the cart before the horse?
But then I realized that Thanksgiving doesn’t make much sense without Christmas. Thanksgiving prepares the way for Christmas. We celebrate Christmas every year to remind ourselves that Christ’s birth was “kind of a big deal,” but most of us still don’t get it. So we turn all of December into Christmas, and call it Advent. We meditate on Hope, Humility, Joy, and Peace– everything that God’s Word associates with the coming of Christ– and we pretend to get it.
Thanksgiving functions as a heart check. It’s easy to sing “Joy to The World” when the adorable children are engaged in all manor of pageantry, but if you’re The Grinch on Thanksgiving, you probably don’t trust Jesus as much as you think you do. It’s okay, though– you have somewhere between a month and Eternity to figure it out.
Thanksgiving is essentially a fifth week of Advent. It inaugurates a whole month of making room in our hearts for the immense weight of Gratitude that is the only appropriate response to God’s Greatest Gift. Though Christmas and Easter are celebrations of the two things that get us into Heaven, Thanksgiving (ironically, the most “secular” of the major holidays) is the most accurate representation of what it will actually be like in Heaven.
Jesus didn’t come to Earth to celebrate Christmas, and He definitely didn’t come to “celebrate” Easter. Over and over again, Christ’s mission in life seems to be to prepare us to celebrate Thanksgiving. With Him.
Jesus spent 33 years in between Christmas and Easter teaching children how to Hope for Peace and find Joy in Humility. But for those who came to understand these things, overwhelmingly, it was Gratitude that evidenced the fruit of Christ’s work in their worship. Joy, Peace, Humility, and Hope are inseparable from Gratitude.
If you don’t believe me, read your Bibles…
Thanks Be To God!
This is a special Thanksgiving sermon that explores the nature of gifts and the Nature of God, showing that it is in God’s nature to give not only good gifts, but the Perfect Gift. The sermon calls us to authentic gratitude for the Gift of The Gospel of Jesus Christ, perfectly timed to prepare our hearts for the season of Advent. This sermon was originally preached on November 24th, 2013 at The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA.
What: Men’s Retreat
Where: Big Bear Mountain
When: March 6-8th
Who: Resolved Men & Friends
Teaching: Guest Speaker
Cost: $100 (includes lodging & food)
Be a man and go. Mark your calendars and make it happen. If you’re a dude you don’t want to miss out on this. The retreat will be a combination of solid biblical teaching along with some solid brotherly bonding. You will be encouraged, sharpened, convicted and challenged as we learn and grow in the gospel together in our study of God’s Word. We’ll also have a lot fun with various activities available or provided such as playing sports, cards, other games, shooting guns, boxing, snowboarding etc.
Announcement | Resolved 2 Love Christmas Gift Drive | J.D. Bale
Last December members of The Resolved helped provide a number of Christmas gifts for children at a tutoring program in the Linda Vista area. This year we are doing it again.
When most people think of “gift drive!!!,” they imagine gift-wrapped trash cans full of gift-wrapped gifts delivered to an orphanage somewhere in The Philippines. This is not quite what we’re doing (yet). We’re providing for 15-20 children in an overlooked and under-served neighborhood on the other side of the hill from where our church gathers to worship. It is a small gesture aimed at blessing and ministering to a small community that I have been building a relationship with over the last year and a half. Next year there will be more opportunities to serve, but for now a small gesture and some prayer can go a long way.
Starting this Sunday, and for the next three weeks, anybody who is interested is welcome to sign up to buy a gift for one of the children. Last year had a list of specific children to shop for, which limited the number of members who could get involved. This year, we are going to allow people to sign up to buy one gift and contribute to the jackpot of gifts that each kid will receive, based on a list that I’ve used my “inner-Santa skills” to prepare.
Again, you can sign up to track down a gift starting this Sunday, November 24th, and you they will need to be turned in by Sunday December 15th. If you cannot get your gift to the church building by December 15th, I will be willing to make arrangements to fly around town in my sleight picking them up.
If you want to sign up, look for a tiny Christmas tree on one of the announcement tables, and pick up one of the ornaments. My contact info will be included in case you have any questions or need to make special arrangements.
This week the kids will be learning a special lesson along which coincides with Sunday’s sermon about giving thanks to God from James 1:17-18. Feel free to tune in to the Resolved Kids lesson below.
Friday, December 6th | Women’s Fellowship
‘Tis the Season to Celebrate the Birth or our Savior….ladies style…cookies and home decor and lots of yummy eats and drinks while we celebrate! So find an ornament to swap…new, used, handmade, dollar store..whatever you like… We will play a fun game to swap it for a new one.
Bring 3 dozen cookies cookies or small treats to exchange and you will leave with a pile o’cookies. Think about favorite cookies, old family recipes, unique twists on old classics. Oh, and feel free to invite friends and neighbors!
Just RSVP with Tracy Martin or on the