Once Upon a Time in Bethlehem | December 1 to January 5, 2019
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
- St Paul, Philippians
Christmas means…well we probably know that by now. But what might it teach us? This incredible journey of descent of God to us…with us…amongst us…”in our neighbourhood” (John 1:14 MSG) is a story that increases in its selfless surprise the more selfish and narcissistic we become as humans.
So Christmas issues a surprise to us. That God would become like us, and yet be so unlike us. This Christmas we celebrate the incredible story of Jesus. The Jesus who became like us so that, amongst other things, we might become more like God.
For each series we want to offer a few optional resources that you might want to read and explore to deepen your understanding of the subjects covered in this series. Some of the reading will overlap with other series throughout the year and our house church program.