Advent Is...

December 3 - December 24
4 weeks
Each week we hear Jesus’ command to, “Do this and remember me.”  In this season of anticipation, we explore four ways in which we can all engage in active waiting that both prepares our hearts and honors Christ as we dedicate our daily lives to not only remembering, but living what we remember.

December 3
Advent Is... Hope    
Isaiah 64:1-9;  1 Cor. 1:3-9; 
Mark 13:24-37

The First Sunday of Advent draws us into the promise of scripture that God is working His plan for creation, which is our basis for hope. Paul reminds believers that they are closer now, in Christ, than ever before, to the promise of salvation. Until Jesus returns, we are challenged to be ready, for no one knows the time or the day when he will come again in glory.

December 10
Advent Is... Peace
Isaiah 40: 1-11;  2 Peter 3:8-15a; 
Mark 1:1-8

Through Scripture we receive encouragement for a life of faith. Peter urged dispersed Christians to live in harmony and, with one unified voice, to praise and glorify God the Father, and to live in Peace.  Mark tells us plainly that there will be trials in our lives, yet this does not preclude our living in peace, especially in the midst of difficult times.

December 17
Advent Is... Joy
Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11;  1 Thes. 5:16-24; 
John 1:6-8, 19-28

Paul’s stirring call for us to rejoice in the Lord always, is a reminder that we have the ability to control our attitudes.  When we focus on external forces and circumstances over which we have little or no control, we allow those things to dictate our attitudes as we respond to them. Assuming an attitude of joyfulness allows us to focus on the Lord, and what He is doing, and grounds us in His priorities as we make daily choices for living.

December 24
Advent Is... Love
2 Samuel 7:1-11,16;  Romans 16:25-27;  Luke 1:26-38

In these waning hours of Advent, we are reminded that nothing is impossible for God.  Our personal honesty reminds us that none of us are lovable by our own efforts, but receive the gift of love from the one who bestows it.  We are about to celebrate the greatest gift of all time!  How shall we live in response?

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