4 Week ADVENT Study!
As another Christmas approached I found myself weary of the commercialized season. What I really longed for was thoughtful moments being mesmerized by my Savior's birth. The story that had transformed my life somehow seemed diminished in the to-do's of December. I searched for an Advent study that would take me through the Scriptures in order to feel the story firsthand, but I couldn't find one. So, I wrote one. I invited several others on this personal journey, and their encouragement to publish and post this study was unanimous.
Step out of time and into these Scriptures. Find yourself pondering afresh this moment when our stratosphere was interrupted with the divine. The silent and holy night is near. Make ready your heart to worship.
The following is the introduction to the ADVENT study. The ADVENT study guide and compact guide are available here.
Anno Domini, the year of our Lord. The calendar of the entire planet revolves around one date.
This date is the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether or not we have faith in who Christ claimed to be, it still
remains as a beginning point by which all of the world lives. This one event altered history.
Never before had the term, Savior, been used. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name
Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). What is a Savior and why do we
need one? God had set his standard, perfection. Mankind quickly realized the futile attempt to
live up to the standard. Making attempts to appease God, they knew there was no possible way.
Through faith and faith alone in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the way to God
became possible. His life was the perfect restitution required by God. This all began with what
seemed to be an insignificant child born in Bethlehem.
This brief 4-week study is meant to draw our attention to the humble commencement of the Savior
of our lives. As you read, ponder, and study God’s Word, amazing changes will begin to transpire
deep within you. The season of Advent will certainly become an exciting time of preparation as you
study the Scriptures directly associated with His arrival.
Peek inside these four stories. You will find yourself in the midst of the aroma of sweet hay and
among the sounds of the clamorous temple. You will behold the sights of a starry night and embrace
the tiny hands of a newborn babe. You will have moments to feel what it was like to be a live witness
of the grand announcement and be able to join with all of creation to bow in reverence to this King.
God planned this moment from eternity past. Jesus was right on time. Let us prepare ourselves.
Oh, come let us adore Him!