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Each week leading up to Christmas we will be doing a devotional together as a church. Check back every Monday for the latest devotional.
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
- Galatians 4:4-7 -
Advent is a time of celebration. God became one of us! Celebrate! Jesus came that we might be reconciled with our heavenly Father. Celebrate! Jesus was born, ultimately, so that he might die on a cross and become accursed for our sins and in our place. Celebrate! This same Jesus was raised from the dead for our justification (Romans 4:25). Celebrate!
The Advent season is also a time of anticipation. The Old Testament prophets, with eager anticipation, foretold the coming of the Messiah. In the New Testament, their visions and signs were confirmed in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Advent is a time of longing and hope as we prepare our hearts for the Second Coming of our Lord.
As we stand between the ages, between the First and the Second Advent of our Lord, this season should also be a time of self-examination. We are called to reflect upon our relationship with the Lord and his mighty and merciful presence in our lives. It is a time to prepare ourselves for his glorious return to judge the quick [living] and the dead.
You can access the full advent guide below or keep scrolling for weekly devotionals.
Week 4: December 20 - December 25
Week 3: December 13 - December 19
Christian joy is a profound decision of faith and hope in the power of Jesus’ own life, death, resurrection and imminent return.
Week 2: December 6 - December 12
Jesus has come, Emmanuel God with us, and brought us peace through going to the cross on our behalf.
Week 1: November 29 - December 5
The hope that we have is not a foolish hope—it’s one rooted in a God who has been faithful throughout the ages.