Welcome to a new FMMF Charlotte study series that we’ll kick off this week….”Hidden Christmas” by Timothy Keller. A very timely and interesting study that will span just 4 weeks, leading us right into the Christmas season! I can’t wait.
Now, if you’re wondering about this study and might be confused by an earlier announcement of another study series….well, we’re putting that one on hold for just a little bit. As a group, we want to focus and get our minds “right” for celebrating the birth of our Savior! Tim Keller has just the recipe!
This week, I’ll introduce the book and would ask that everyone read the book’s Introduction, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. Our author starts out boldly proclaiming the words from Matthew’s Gospel, cross-referencing Isaiah 9:2:
“the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
The overall premise of the book is that our celebration of Christmas has become more and more secular over the years. Children, as one example, might ask adults, “What is meant by ‘angels we have heard on high’ ..” when walking through the malls adorned with festive ribbons, evergreen wreaths, and Santa Claus. It’s no coincidence that our author reminds us of the importance of the birth of Jesus by speaking of “light” in an otherwise darkened world.
We’re looking for leaders to pick up any of the next three lessons….visit our FMMF Charlotte Signup Genius at this LINK
Gather this Friday at the Cornwell Center at 7:30 am. Lesson starts at 7:45 am! See you then! Bring a (new) friend to join us this Advent season!