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Immanuel - God with Us

Stuart Briscoe

We have an amazing knack for trivializing the momentous, ignoring the profound, and embracing the superficial. That’s what we’ve done to Christmas. Marginalized it. Simplified it. Completely lost the point of it. So what is the point?

The point is that we can have a fresh start because God sent His son, Immanuel, to be with us, live among us, and rescue us from our sin. The creator of all things left heaven and came to be with us because He couldn’t bear to be separated from us! When you stop and think about it, the Christmas story is overwhelming!

So, if you want to go beyond the familiar story of the baby in the manger to experience a life-changing look at what Jesus’ birth really means for you, listen to this series in which Stuart explains the intimate relationship we are meant to have with Immanuel.

Messages From This Series:

The angel announcing the birth of Christ explained that he would be known both as "Immanuel – God with us" and also "Jesus—because he will save his people from their sins." Enjoying Christmas involves grasping what this means.

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-1:25

Moses asked if he could see God’s glory, but he was told nobody can see God and survive. But God wants to be known, and He came “veiled in flesh” so that we could come to know Him and not be burned up by the experience.

Scripture: John 1:1-1:18

In a world of screens and social media, nearness is increasingly uncommon. Yes, we’re more connected than ever before, but comments and video calls haven’t helped our loneliness—doing little to bring us comfort.

So where do we turn when the whole world feels distant?

In this message, Stuart Briscoe draws your attention to God’s precious promises in Psalm 23. As your strong and steady Shepherd, God is intimately present in your life. He is near—always leading to you to pastures of comfort and peace.

Scripture: Psalm 23:1-23:6

Just before His crucifixion, Jesus told His disciples that they would soon “realize that I am in the Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:20). As modern disciples, we must embrace the mystery of the mutual indwelling of which He spoke.

Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-3:21

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