Sermon Archives: Christmas Sermons

These are individual Christmas sermons that were preached over the years at Covenant URC.

Joy to the World (Mat 4:12-17, Isa 8:16-9:7)

Dec 25, 2016

Scripture: Matthew 4:12-17, Isaiah 8:16-9:7 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction I. The Consuming Gloom Is. 8:16-22 II. The Coming Gladness Is. 9:1-5 Light Joy Victory III. The Coming Government Is. 9:6-7 Conclusion Sermon Video https://youtu.be/8TzPRQGUGrs Matthew 4:12-17 King James Version (KJV) 12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, […]

The Word became Flesh (Exodus 24:15-25:9, 40:34-39; John 1:14-18)

Dec 18, 2016

Scripture: Exodus 24:15-25:9, 40:34-39; John 1:14-18 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction I. The Word became Flesh II. The Glory became Near III. The Symbol became Substance Conclusion Sermon Video https://youtu.be/mgLGM_SGFZE Scripture Reading: Exodus 24:15-25:9 King James Version (KJV) 15 And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. 16 And […]

The Awakening of Christmas Day (Matthew 1)

Dec 20, 2015

Scripture: Matthew 1 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction I. God’s Unilateral Promises II. Man’s Universal Sin III. Christ’s Ultimate Salvation Conclusion Matthew 1 (ESV) 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of […]

From Ichabod to Immanuel (Matthew 1)

Dec 27, 2014

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. Abraham, II. David, III. Exile (Moses), IV. Christ, Conclusion

Merry Christmas from Covenant United Reformed Church

Dec 27, 2014

A Christmas 2014 greeting from Covenant United Reformed Church

The Benefits of Our Last Adam: Born to Die (1 Corinthians 15:45)

Jan 7, 2013

It is tempting to think of the story of Adam as something that is merely pretend, nice, or maybe a neat sentimental story. If we make this concession we can please a lot of people who pride themselves on being advanced in terms of today's standards. However, what happens if we deny that there was […]

God's Blunder or Blockbuster?: Born to Die (Luke 2:1-21)

Dec 30, 2012

If you want people to take you serious when you speak you need to be articulate. If you make blunders, trip over words, and worst of all make a series of promises that appear more like bloopers than blockbusters people are not going to take you serious. So, we would expect the red carpet and […]

The Suffering Servant: Born to Die (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

Dec 24, 2012

There is no doubt that there are benefits to knowing that the Lord is the one who is mighty. He is a God who can slaughter anyone who dares to challenge Him. In fact, there is not one worthy opponent who can stand in the way the Lord. So, are we called to be terrified […]

The Building Branch: Born to Die (Zech. 3; 6:9-15)

Dec 16, 2012

I still cannot imagine the relief that Adam must have experienced when he realized that God was not going to give him what he deserved. Adam must have had a great does of relief, and assurance of knowing that another would receive what he deserved. So, we would expect the Lord to make this happen […]

The Champion Sacrificed: Born to Die (Genesis 22:1-19)

Dec 10, 2012

In our last sermon the Lord made the remarkable promise that He was going to divide two seeds, and He was going to triumph over the seed of the serpent. It is great to know that there is the promised victory that will come in history. So, is the warrior who faces off with the […]

The First Gospel: Born to Die (Genesis 3:15)

Dec 2, 2012

We associate Christmas with the birth of Christ. This is not something that is bad because that is what we say is the point of Christmas. However, why did Christ enter into history? Why is it that Christ took on the flesh to redeem us? Does the Lord do this merely because He is a […]

Our Good Shepherd (John 10:1-21)

Jan 3, 2012

We have been consider the theme of God as Shepherd in scripture for this Christmas season. The Lord has revealed himself as a shepherd of His people, but does this concept of shepherd still mean anything for us today? In other words what benefit is it to know that God is a shepherd? Does Christ […]

The Scandalous Witnesses (Luke 2:1-21)

Dec 25, 2011

In America we know that if you want the word to get out you release a sound bite to newspapers like the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. You see these are organizations that have credibility, as opposed to tabloids. People will doubt the reported news in a tabloid or see it as […]

The Gentle Warrior Shepherd (Isaiah 40:1-11)

Dec 18, 2011

The prophet Isaiah says, "Comfort, Comfort my people." These are very encouraging words to hear, but how do we know that there is substance behind these words? In other words it is nice when people tell us to be comforted, but we need to have some real assurance behind the comfort. What is the comfort […]

The True Shepherding King (Psalm 23)

Dec 11, 2011

We are approaching Christmas Sunday. We can think about Mary being the woman in covenant history who fulfills the promise made in Genesis 3:15. We can think of the angels who sing praises to the Lord regarding the birth of Christ. Do we think about the implications of the shepherds who also receive the news […]

The Messiah's Rise and Fall (Luke 2:22-36)

Jan 3, 2011

We come to our last sermon in our Christmas mini series in the gospel of Luke. There have been predictions about the things that Christ will do, and it is encouraging to know that finally there will be an established everlasting peace between God and His people. There will be no more unrest. How will […]

Christ's Mission: Success or Failure? (Luke 2:1-21)

Dec 26, 2010

Now Luke deals with Christ entering history. Here is the promised child that the scripture has promised. You would think that Christ would be received with open arms with the world coming from all over the earth to welcome this child. However, we find that Christ is born in a stable, and the first people […]

What does John have to do with Christmas? (Luke 1:57-80)

Dec 26, 2010

So, Luke writes this book to Theopholis to communicate that Jesus is The Messiah. If this is the case then why not merely mention that John is born rather than talk about this his birth and his parent's reaction to the birth? Why not skip to Jesus? Why is John named the prophet of the […]

The Lowly Unite (Luke 1:39-52)

Dec 20, 2010

Mary’s song is one of my personal favorite songs of praises to the Lord in scripture. Personally, I think that it captures the depth of our need for God, and the depth of what God has done for His people throughout history. However, are we willing to embrace what this song means? In other words […]

Why Do We Need Jesus Christ? (Luke 1:26-38)

Dec 12, 2010

There is a common saying that Christians say during this Christmas season, "Jesus is the reason for the season." I sometimes wonder if we, myself included, really know why Jesus is the reason for the season or the reason for our life. If someone was going to ask you, "why you need Jesus Christ?" What […]

Christmas Unsung Hero (Luke 1:1-25)

Dec 5, 2010

In America Thanksgiving marks sort of the beginning to the Christmas season. So, as we take some time to consider the birth of Christ. Something that is always striking to me is why does Luke start with the birth of John? You see we want to hear about Christ so why waste space talking about […]

Jesus, Son of David, Son of Abraham, Son of God (3) (Matthew 2:1-15)

Dec 27, 2009

The apostle Paul exhorts the church and reminds the church that we do not live by the wisdom of this world. We are those who live by the wisdom of God. He then speaks of the nature of God’s war and victory as it is manifested through suffering unto glory. Is this movement from suffering […]

Jesus, Son of David, Son of Abraham, Son of God (2) (Matthew 1:18-25)

Dec 20, 2009

Matthew’s genealogy makes clear that Christ is the Son of David, Son of Abraham, and Son of God. It is also clear that the Lord will prevail and establish His kingdom. Now, we see the historical account of this child entering history. What does His name mean? Why is He called Jesus Emmanuel? How can […]

Jesus, Son of David, Son of Abraham, Son of God (Matthew 1:1-17)

Dec 14, 2009

The Bible opens with the book of Genesis. This is basically the book of the beginning. It begins with the genealogy of the heavens and the earth. We can see the book of Chronicles packed with genealogical records. We notice that at the opening of Matthew’s gospel there is the genealogy of Jesus that is […]

Lord of gods: Our Song (Revelation 15-1-4)

Jan 4, 2009

We witnessed the song of Israel on the banks of the sea. They sang the praises to the living God. We heard the Song of Mary where she sang the praises of the living God. So, what song do we sing? We find in the book of Revelation we sing the song of Moses. How […]

Lord of gods: Caesar's Kingdom? (Luke 2:1-21)

Dec 21, 2008

A successful mission is evaluated by how well the objective is accomplished. In the world’s eye the more people impacted or the greater the impact of the mission the more successful the mission. We notice that when Jesus Christ enters history he is essentially rejected by the world. Yet the angels sing praises to God […]

The Lord of gods: Provisional and Eternal (Luke 1:39-52)

Dec 14, 2008

We studied the song of Moses last week. This is a song where Moses celebrates the victory of the Lord. This is a glorious song. We left off with a claim that we have a better song and are at a better place in covenant history/ How can this claim be made? How can we […]

The Lord of gods (Exodus 15:1-18)

Dec 7, 2008

The Psalmist says, "Why do the nations rage?" This is a strange question when we consider that Egypt held Israel captive for 400 years. Why would they cease from raging since the Lord is silent? What has God done to show that HIs name is the Lord? When the Lord acts we see why the […]

The Greater Exodus King: Great Comission (Matthew 28:16-20)

Dec 31, 2007

Last week we saw the contrast of two kings: Herod and Christ. Herod wanted absolute power, but the magi still worshiped Christ in his peasant home. As we move to the end of Matthew’s Gospel we meet the glorified Christ. Christ states that He has received all authority on heaven and earth. How can Christ […]

Micah and the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12)

Dec 23, 2007

The Lord has stated that His seed will triumph over the Serpent’s seed. However, the actual details of this coming to pass are not made known. Micah assured Israel that despite their horrible position the coming redeemer is coming. So now we turn to Matthew’s gospel to witness the Magi coming to visit the great […]

The Christmas Warrior Shepherd (Micah 5:1-6)

Dec 9, 2007

The covenant people of God are to be the triumphant people through the seed of the woman. When we survey covenant history we see that this does not appear to be the case. In fact, it seems that the people of God are weak, defeated, and those who have shamed the holiness of their Lord. […]

Christmas Curse and Blessing (Gen. 3:15)

Dec 2, 2007

So why did Christ have to die on the cross? Was the death of Christ accidental? Was this intended with the first presentation of the gospel? When was the gospel first presented? How do we know that the gospel is not merely a new testament doctrine? If you are interested in these questions please stay […]

Unto Us a Child is Born (Isaiah 9:1-7)

Oct 24, 2007

Today we look at Isaiah's Warrior Child promised to come as the redeemer, deliverer, and vindicator of His people.