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2019 Advent

The Mothers of Christmas

This sermon is part of a 4-week series titled Advent: The People of Christmas.

December 1, 2019
Matthew 1:1-17
preached by
Pastor Jon Needham

Scripture reading

Sermon text

Matthew 1:1–17

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 Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, ³ and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, ⁴ and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, ⁵ and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, ⁶ and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, ⁷ and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, ⁸ and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, ⁹ and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, ¹⁰ and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, ¹¹ and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

¹² And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, ¹³ and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, ¹⁴ and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, ¹⁵ and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, ¹⁶ and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

¹⁷ So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

Advent: Devotionals & Liturgies

This Advent, pastors, staff, and members of Coram Deo have put together a collection of devotionals and liturgies to help orient us towards the birth of Christ as we prepare for Christmas. There are two for every week and the ones that are written for the Lord’s Day will align with the sermons that are being preached on Sundays.

The Lord's Day devotional for this week titled "The Mothers of Christmas" is available now on our blog.

We hope that these will be encouraging and helpful as you seek respite from the holiday busyness. May the joy of every longing heart be fulfilled by the coming of the King.

Call to Worship

Psalm 26:8–12

⁸ O LORD, I love the habitation of your house
and the place where your glory dwells.
⁹ Do not sweep my soul away with sinners,
nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
¹⁰ in whose hands are evil devices,
and whose right hands are full of bribes.

¹¹ But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
¹² My foot stands on level ground;
in the great assembly I will bless the LORD.

Prayer of Confession

Gracious Lord, you alone are righteous and holy, and in your presence, no one can stand. Your gracious mercy is our only hope and we ask for your forgiveness. We pray for your cleansing touch to wash away our corruption, clothe us in righteousness, and for your hands to rework our lives anew. We pray these things in Jesus Christ's holy name. Amen.

December Memory Verse

1 John 4:9

⁹ In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

Resources for Parents

Every Sunday, the children's ministry team creates lessons that cover the scripture and concepts from a recent sermon. The teachers ask simple questions to help the kids learn to understand and apply what God says in the Bible.

We want to equip parents to talk to their kids about what they're learning. The following is the content that the children's classes taught this week. We encourage parents to use this resource at home to help you and your kids grow as you learn from God's word together.

Children's Lesson from Sunday, December 1

Matthew 1:1-17

The Main Point:
Jesus came to make us His family.

Q: Why is Abraham’s family special?
A: Because Jesus came from Abraham’s family.

Q: What special story do we have because of the mothers in our Bible lesson?
A: The Christmas story!

Q: What kind of people did Jesus come to make part of His family?
A: Sinful people.

New City Catechism Question #20

Q: Who is the Redeemer?

A: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Note: All of our classes work through one question per month from the New City Catechism. You can download the New City Catechism app with all the questions and children's songs for free.)


Jon is the lead pastor and founding pastor of Coram Deo Church. He and his wife live in Bremerton with their three kids. He loves spending time with his family and riding motorcycles.

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