Christian conviction is that something incredible took place in a Bethlehem stable over two millennia ago. “Christian teaching” Martin Luther is said to have asserted, “is that God became flesh. Compared with that, no particular miracle matters much.” Tonight, I begin a four-part teaching series on The Incarnation - a key doctrinal element at the core of the Christian faith. Earlier this fall, I did a live four-session teaching series entitled “Sin and Salvation.” (If you missed any of those episodes, you can view and/or download them at ctcumc.org/sin-salvation-series.) The Sin and Salvation series was done out of a conviction that we need to recover a deep sense of our separation from God (sin) and the good news of salvation in Christ. The Incarnation series is built on that foundation and is available here on my blog, on the conference Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ctcumc) and on the conference website at ctcumc.org/incarnation-series. A new episode will “drop” (which, my Communications team tells me is today’s lingo for “debut”) each Tuesday night at 7 p.m. through Nov. 19.
While this series is designed for pastors preparing for Advent & Christmas sermons and laity who may be leading Sunday School class or small group studies during Advent, I believe it is also a nice study for those who wish to engage in some personal reflection and learning. Some of the topics we’ll get into as we go include the meaning of The Incarnation; why, how and what it means for us today; the councils and controversies surrounding The Incarnation and much more. I hope you’ll join me as we take a deeper dive into The Incarnation as we lead into the season of Advent.