Advent, Week 2: What's in a Name? - Matthew 1:18-25

Why did your parents name you what they did? Was it in honor of someone who went before you, perhaps a relative or other significant individual? Was it because of the meaning of your name? Was it just because they liked the sound of it? In our culture, names have various levels of significance. However, in the Bible, names are very significant as they reveal something foundational about the person (or place or thing). In that light, we consider the names of Jesus and what they mean for us today.

(Note: From 1:35-2:30, the congregation is given time to discuss a question. So you may want to skip that portion.)