The Practice of Presence (The Splendor of His Presence #1)

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This whole Advent, this season of waiting, we want to be people who wait on God’s presence. No excuses, no substitutes—we want Him above all other things.


Main Text: Matthew 1:18-23

Simple outline:

  • These four Sundays before Christmas are known as Advent, are used by the church to remind us of our waiting. We join with God’s people of old who were waiting for God to come. And we do so because we’re still waiting—God has come, but He is still to come.

  • When the angel explains Mary’s pregnancy to Joseph, he does so by quoting Isaiah’s prophecy: Jesus is God with us.

  • The presence of God is what we’re longing for. But even now we have it because the Spirit of Christ lives in all of us who would trust Him.

  • What if you spent Advent in God’s presence this year?

This whole Advent, this season of waiting, we want to be people who wait on God’s presence. No excuses, no substitutes—we want Him above all other things.


Main Text: Matthew 1:18-23

Simple outline:

  • These four Sundays before Christmas are known as Advent, are used by the church to remind us of our waiting. We join with God’s people of old who were waiting for God to come. And we do so because we’re still waiting—God has come, but He is still to come.

  • When the angel explains Mary’s pregnancy to Joseph, he does so by quoting Isaiah’s prophecy: Jesus is God with us.

  • The presence of God is what we’re longing for. But even now we have it because the Spirit of Christ lives in all of us who would trust Him.

  • What if you spent Advent in God’s presence this year?