This sermon is part of our Advent teaching series and is based on Matthew 1:18-28. You can also view each week’s sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel:

SERIES OVERVIEW: My wife, Jo, can spell anything (and, as you can plainly see, anything has an “h” in it). Me, definitely not. I don’t know if it is because I never had the opportunity to study phonics or if my muddled Boston accent derailed my best efforts, but spelling is not one of my strengths. But my mediocre spelling has nothing to do with my contention that “Advent” is spelled with an “h.” See, “advent” and “hope” are so intertwined that you can’t spell one without the other (in fact, you can’t even talk about “advent” without talking about “hope”). And “hope,” as you can plainly see, has a really big “h” in it. This Christmas, we want to look at how hope is at the very center of advent and how advent hope is at the very center of our faith. And my hope is that as a result of this study, you might even start spelling “advent” with a very clear “h.”