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Merry Christmas From the Prophets-Part One

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., December 1, 2019
Part of the Advent 2019 series.

I pray that you all had a most wonderful Thanksgiving! And now, beginning this coming Lord’s Day, we move into the month-long celebration of Advent.

This year, our Advent Sermon Series will be entitled, “ Merry Christmas From the Old Testament Prophets.” Each Sunday during Advent, and also on Christmas Eve, we will be considering some of the more obscure Old Testament prophecies of the incarnation and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As we explore and compare these prophetic words, we will experience the unveiling of a magnificent portrait of our Savior, cast in the hopes and expectations of the Old Covenant people, but most revealing to all who know and trust our Lord today.

Below is our preaching schedule, plus a list of verses that we will be reading together in worship each Sunday of Advent. I hope this helps you and your family to prepare for such an exciting time of worship and study together as we once again consider the greatest miracle and most blessed Gift of all!


Isaiah 11:1-10

1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 10And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. (KJV)