Advent is a time of preparation and expectation for the coming of Christ. We remember the significance of the birth of Jesus (also known as Messiah, God with us, Emmanuel, Prince of Peace, and more) and live in expectation of His second coming. Advent encompasses the four Sundays preceding Christmas Day and begins on December 2 this year.
Advent is the opportunity, whether individually or as a family, to pause and reflect on the birth of Christ in the midst of a busy season. In the days leading up to Christmas, how will you stay focused on the mystery and wonder of God with us?
We want to offer a few resources to help you reflect and prepare:
Text Advent to 706-550-6730 to receive a daily Scripture passage via text.
Awana offers an Advent devotional suitable for families that you can access for free here.
We will be posting a weekly Advent thought related to the themes of our Advent series, God Is With Us. Access them here.
The Village Church in Texas has prepared an Advent devotional with sections for both personal study and family discipleship times for churches to use. You can access it here.
Another way you can be intentional during Advent is to participate in worship services together as a family on Sunday mornings. The Advent series this year focused on why the birth of Jesus matters. The story of Christmas is more than the story of the birth of a baby. It is the story of an extraordinary birth that matters. It is a story that introduces hope and peace into those moments when we are hurting, facing challenges, waiting, or in the midst of a storm. When it is hard to survive, much less thrive, we don’t have to wonder how to find joy in the midst of life because Messiah, Emmanuel, has come. In every moment, God is with us.
In addition, don’t just come yourself, invite someone to come with you. Who is someone you could invite to come and sit with you? Someone who is hurting with questions or who doesn’t have a church family? Someone you’ve been building a relationship with and praying for over the past year? Bring them with you during the Advent season to discover why the birth of Jesus matters.
If you happen to miss a week, you can listen to the messages here.