A Cinematic Christmas Revisited

Sunday, December 9, marked the start of the 2012 Christmas sermon series at Hope Community Church.

It caused me to reminisce about last year’s series that I was invited to create and preach: A Cinematic Christmas – Seasonal Movies & Our Need for a Savior

The titles of these sermons were (click to listen, watch or download):

  1. Going Home for the Holidays (Movie highlighted: Elf)
    • Classic quote: “I’m sorry I ruined your lives, and crammed eleven cookies into the VCR.”
    • Discusses the significance of John the Baptist in the Christmas story
    • Key verse: John 3:30 “He must increase. I must decrease.”
  2. Wanting the Perfect Gift for Christmas (Movie highlighted: Christmas Story)
    • Classic quote: “I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred- Shot Range Model Air Rifle!”
    • Discusses the significance of Mary in the Christmas story – that she is not to be seen as an object of our faith or dismissed out of the faith, but she is to be an example of faith
    • Key verse: Luke 1:28 “And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’”
  3. The Meaning of Christmas (preached by Steve Treichler; Movie highlighted: Charlie Brown Christmas)
    • Classic quote: “I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?”
    • Discusses the significance of Christmas – keeping the main thing the main thing
    • Key verse: John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life (preached by Mark Hintz)
    • Classic quote: “Remember no man is a failure who has friends!”
    • A father discusses the significance of losing his son. It is equal parts heart wrenching and heart warming. If you have ever experienced loss, this is must-hear sermon to remind you of God’s presence and love.
    • Key verse: Mark 5:36 “Fear not. Just believe.”
  5. Home Alone
    • Discusses the significance of overcoming the post-holiday BLAHs with the gospel
    • Key verse: Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

One of the fantastic parts of this series was Drew Zuehlke‘s compilation of CLASSIC Christmas clips. I’ve posted one below for your enjoyment! Click it to start.


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One Response to A Cinematic Christmas Revisited

  1. Tim L

    I think the next time you do this type of sermon series, you need to incorporate Die Hard.

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