Holiday music has filled the airwaves for weeks, with several local radio stations playing nothing but Christmas songs – 24 hours every day. They play many of the traditional favorites, like White Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but you also hear a variety of beautiful and beloved songs (and not just on “Christian” radio) that tell a powerful story – O Holy Night, Mary, Did You Know?, Do You Hear What I Hear? and many, many others.
This is exciting! At least once a year, for a month or more, millions and millions of people are reminded, sometimes very overtly and at other times almost subliminally, of the greatest story of all time. For example:
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
Over the next three Sundays we will be focusing on this wonderful story! Today and next week, in addition to what we will be sharing together in Worship, Scott Sager and John York will each teach a combined Sunday School class for all the adults in the Auditorium. Our Worship and these two combined classes are designed to help us have a deeper understanding of how and why God brought Christ to earth.
Scott Sager, Vice President for Church Services at Lipscomb and formerly the preacher at Preston Road in Dallas, will teach today’s class and focus on Matthew’s perspective. John York, associate dean of the College of Bible and Ministry and the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb and formerly our preacher here at Brentwood Hills (1993-1997), will teach the class next week and focus on Luke’s perspective.
Two weeks from today, on Christmas morning, we will all meet together for one combined Worship at 10:30am* and our focus on that special day will be John’s perspective of this same incredibly priceless and powerful story.
We don’t’ know exactly “when” Jesus was born, but there is no doubt that He “was” born – and that He’s alive today! The story of that birth is not only prophesied throughout the Old Testament but it is also told in at least three of the four Gospels. We have much to celebrate, and these next three Sundays will help us to be even more aware of why!
*On Sunday, December 25 there will be no Sunday School and only one Worship – at 10:30am. We will not meet at 8am or 6pm that day.
Church of Christ
5120 Franklin Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37220
Phone: (615) 832-2541
Fax: (615) 832-2583