SERMON RESOURCES

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The Gift Exchange

Unveiling Hope

Standalone Sermon

The Bible According to... Me

Standalone Sermon

The Bible According to... Me

Standalone Sermon

Transformed - How Jesus Changes Everything

Some have speculated that the practice of giving presents at Christmas can be traced back two thousand years when the Magi from the east arrived in Bethlehem with gifts for the new born Christ child. Others contend that it was a certain fourth century Christian bishop, Saint Nicholas who started the tradition that has become an important part of Christmas festivities around the world. That is, the gift exchange.

Over the years, the Christmas gift exchange has been modified and adapted to fit different situations. Although most of us still trade gifts with those who are near and dear to us, we also draw names with friends or have “white elephant” gift exchanges with our extended family or co-workers. The practice of gift giving can be deeply meaningful or just plain fun.

As we approach Christmas, we are reminded of the greatest gift ever given to humanity, the birth of our Saviour Jesus. It was 16 th Century German theologian, Martin Luther who is credited with the concept of “The Great Exchange”. This exchange is at the heart of our Christian faith. Since God fully participated in our human nature through the incarnation, Jesus, we have the privilege of participating in His Divine nature, being truly united with Him. What a wonderful gift exchange!
Join us this Christmas at North Park Fanshawe or Stratford as we explore this concept of “The Great Exchange” and how it impacts our lives in the culture that we live in today. We will explore how we can surrender things like despair, worry, apathy and discouragement for the hope, peace, love and joy that is available through Christ.