The Not-So-Perfect Perfect Christmas

About the Message

Dr. Stephen G. Tan | Malachi 4:1-6

The first Christmas more than 2000 years ago was far from perfect, but God had planned it out perfectly. As God was in control then, so is He working in your not-so-perfect life today.

Worship Guide

Use this message in your personal or family time of worship. Find a place free from distractions, gather your family (if applicable), refrain from checking messages on your devices, and have your Bible ready. Estimated duration: 1 hr 15 mins


Have someone read aloud:


Isaiah 60:1,3 (NKJV)


Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.


The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.


Our gracious and loving Father, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the day, we seek Your presence to guide our thoughts and open our hearts. Grant us quietness of hearts, minds, and spirits, that this time of worship and reflection may draw us to the true essence of Christmas—Your profound love expressed through the birth of Your Son, Jesus Christ. 


Help us to see beyond the tinsel and lights to the eternal light that entered the world on that first Christmas night. Grant us insight into the ways we can reflect Your love in our lives. In the quiet corners of our hearts, speak to us and inspire us to carry the message of Christmas throughout the year.


We thank You for the peace that surpasses understanding, the joy that fills our hearts, and the hope that transcends all circumstances. In this moment of reflection, may we be reminded of the boundless love You have poured out upon us through the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior, in whose name we pray. Amen.



Read aloud (together if applicable).


R-56: The First Christmas 第一個聖誕節

(Luke 2:1; 4-14)


And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.


Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.


Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:


“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”


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Have someone close your time together in prayer.


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