StoneBridge Community Church
The Unexpected: Christmas Eve
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Friday 3:00 PM, Friday 5:00 PM

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The Unexpected: Christmas Eve

How could anyone expect that God would become human? What should we expect God to do in our lives?

Vivian Maier

Here is some information on Vivian Maier, the photographer Pastor Jon mentioned.

Vincent Van Gogh

Here is Vincent Van Gogh's wikipedia page, in case you wanted to learn a bit more about him.
Sermon Outline

I. Expectations
A. Vivian Maier
B. Vincent Van Gogh
C. Herman Melville
D. Expectations blind us to beautiful things sometimes.
E. Not all expectations are bad.

II. Joseph
A. Safe to say, Joseph didn't expect this.
B. First unexpected event - Mary is pregnant.
C. Joseph plans to send her away.
D. What would Joseph have missed out on?
E. Joseph's role in all this.
F. Even the best of us can be misled by expectations (Dan and Amy)

III. Second Unexpected Event
A. Joseph's dream.
B. Angel appears.

IV. Most Unexpected Event ever
A. "God with us"
B. Messianic Expectations
C. So unexpected we are still trying to wrestle with it.
D. There in Jesus, God is present.
E. Still with us.
F. God hasn't stopped doing unexpected things.

V. Joseph's response
A. He defies expectations.
B. He takes Mary as his wife, despite shame.
C. He raises Jesus.
D. What was once unexpected, becomes the most normal of things.
E. This is what God does and this is what we celebrate tonight.

1. When have your expectations gotten the best of you?

2. How have you seen God defy expectations in scripture?

3. How have you seen God defy expectations in your life?

1. Identify an area in your life in which you want God to defy your expectations.

2. Lift that area up to God in prayer, specifically.

One way our church family celebrates the holy season is through our special Heart of Christmas offering. This year, The Heart of Christmas offering will be divided between four important ministries that make a difference all year long—IMPACT, Samaritan Center, Sarah’s House, and James Storehouse. For more information on each of these ministries and to make a donation, please click below..

Join StoneBridge January 8 and 9 when Pastor Jon will continue his message series in the Gospel of Matthew. This next, four week installment will highlight the similarities that connect Moses and Jesus.

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