About This Series:
"Christmas Cousins" is a teaching series that illuminates the remarkable narratives of Jesus and John the Baptist, two pivotal figures in the New Testament whose births herald the dawning of a new era. Exploring the roles of the angel Gabriel, Zacharias, Elizabeth, and Mary, this series delves into the divine announcements that upended societal norms and set the stage for the fulfillment of ancient prophecies. From Elizabeth's unexpected joy as a barren woman blessed with a child, to Mary's courageous acceptance of her role as the mother of the Messiah, the series paints a vivid picture of faith, prophecy, and divine intervention. "Christmas Cousins" offers an insightful journey into the events that shaped the foundation of Christian faith.
Whenever Christmas rolls around and we are reminded through songs and nativity scenes about the Christmas story, one significant part of it usually gets left out: the birth of John the Baptizer. John’s life and ministry was also a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and an important part of the Christmas story. Today, Stephen tells us more about this great prophet.
The story of Zacharias is a wonderful reminder that nothing is impossible for God. Whenever God calls us to walk by faith and not by sight — even when all the odds are stacked against us — He will accomplish His work in and through us to the amazement of all. So join Stephen in this message as he gives us an undeniable reminder of how great our God is!
This Christmas, if you’re looking for proof of the deity of Christ, you’ll find it in the very beginning of Luke’s Gospel. Even before the Resurrection and the feeding of the 5,000 and the taming of the sea and the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus — still a fetus in Mary’s womb — revealed His power in an incredible way. Listen to today’s message to find out how He did this.
Luke 1:78–79; John 1:11–34
Scripture calls Jesus the 'Light of the world,' but Jesus didn't light up the sky with fireworks and make an unforgettable appearance at His incarnation. In fact, His arrival was so common that it was almost unnoticeable. Why is that? Join Stephen to see how Luke answers that question.