StoneBridge Community Church
Jesus and the Beauty of Christmas
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

Online "Connection Card"

Thanks for joining us today! Follow this link to our online "Connection Card" where you can let us know you were here and share any prayer concerns.

The Text in Context

Bob Utley, "John 1" from the series The Beloved Disciple's Memoirs and Letters.

Adoration of the Magi , Saint Etienne du Mont Church, Paris

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?
1. God reveals…
1. God reveals Himself to us in the beauty around us.


"Color" Wikipedia article.

God could have created a world without color, music, or beauty.

God is the Creator, Composer, Author, and Artist behind everything that is beautiful.

Beauty, the Beholder, and the Believer

Robert P. Mills, "Beauty, the Beholder, and the Believer" Theology Matters, Vol. 15, No. 5. Nov/Dec 2009. (An excellent, academic article, well worth the read.)

The Good, the True, and the Beautiful

Chapter from Philip Graham Ryken's Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts, P&R Publishing - Philipsburg, 2006. Dr. Ryken is President of Wheaton College.
Beauty is in the eye of…
Beauty is in the eye of the One to Whom we are beholden for every beautiful thing.
For Reflection/Discussion: To what extent, if any, is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Do we subjectively decide that something is beautiful, or do we recognize that it is beautiful? What does the Bible have to say about beauty and its origins? Why, in your judgment, does God spend so much time in the Book of Exodus outlining the exact specifications for the arrangement and adornment of the Tabernacle? How does the fact that we are fallen people living in a fallen world impact our perception of beauty?
2. God has given…
2. God has given us a mind for the beauty around us.
We do not decide or define…
We do not decide or define what is beautiful; we recognize what is beautiful.

The Golden Ratio

"Some of the greatest mathematical minds of all ages, from Pythagoras and Euclid in ancient Greece, through the medieval Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa and the Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler, to present-day scientific figures such as Oxford physicist Roger Penrose, have spent endless hours over this simple ratio and its properties. But the fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is probably fair to say that the Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics." —Mario Livio,The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, The World's Most Astonishing Number, p.6 Wikipedia article.

Fibonacci Numbers

"In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence, called the Finonacci sequence, and characterized by the fact that every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144… etc. Wikipedia article.

Fibonacci spirals in nature, art, and architecture.

A Mind for the Beautiful

Bob Perry, "A Mind for the Beautiful" Christian Research Journal, volume 37, number 04 (2014). Published on the Equip website.
For Reflection/Discussion: What evidence, if any, is there that "God is the Creator, Composer, Author, and Artist behind everything that is beautiful"? How does our being created in the image and likeness of God help us understand our recognition of of beauty in the world around us?

The Idiot

"The Idiot is a novel by the 19th-century Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, first published serially in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1868–9. The title is an ironic reference to the central character of the novel, Prince Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin, a young man whose goodness and open-hearted simplicity lead many of the more worldly characters he encounters to mistakenly assume that he lacks intelligence and insight. In the character of Prince Myshkin, Dostoevsky set himself the task of depicting 'the positively good and beautiful man'… Philosopher A.C. Grayling called it 'one of the most excoriating, compelling and remarkable books ever written; and without question one of the greatest.'" Wikipedia article.
3. Beauty is…
3. Beauty is a pathway that points us to God.

Christmas Eve Services @ 4:00, 5:30, and 7:00pm

Beauty Will Save the World

Doug Ponder, "Beauty Will Save the World" website, February 24, 2014.
For Reflection/Discussion: What is the origin of the statement "Beauty will save the world"? What does it mean? How is pointing to the beauty of creation and the beauty of Jesus a wise approach to sharing Christianity with others? How are truth, goodness, and beauty related to one another? What, in your judgment, is the most beautiful thing about Christmas? About Jesus? Who will you invite to experience the beauty of Christmas

Like Us on Facebook

Visit and like the StoneBridge Facebook page.

Secure online giving

Thanks for partnering with us in our mission to reach people with the good news of God's love, to make disciples, and to send them out. Secure online giving via PayPal.

Subscribe to our podcast

Subscribe to the StoneBridge Community Church podcast on iTunes and you'll never miss a message. Updates automatically.

Watch us on YouTube

Miss a message? You can always catch us on YouTube. We invite you to subscribe to our channel.