Advent Season 2018
Advent is a time of remembrance and anticipation. The word Advent, from the Latin adventus, means coming. We remember the coming of Jesus, into this world. We anticipate His return. Beginning December 2, we will move through the season of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, and we pose questions to lead you deeper into worship of our King. With all of the busyness of the season, Advent reminds us to slow down and remember. To be drawn back into the story of the arrival of Jesus as Messiah, and with hopeful anticipation we also await his return as King. It is a special time that deserves a prominent place in our worship, a time to wait on God and anticipate His promises in our lives.
WEEK 2: PEACE
We remember God's peace entering the world through the coming of the Messiah
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 1:67-79 (MSG)
Then Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he came and set his people free.
He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives,
and in the very house of David his servant,
Just as he promised long ago
through the preaching of his holy prophets:
Deliverance from our enemies
and every hateful hand;
Mercy to our fathers,
as he remembers to do what he said he’d do,
What he swore to our father Abraham -
a clean rescue from the enemy camp,
So we can worship him without a care in the world,
made holy before him as long as we live.
And you, my child, “Prophet of the Highest,”
will go ahead of the Master to prepare his ways,
Present the offer of salvation to his people,
the forgiveness of their sins.
Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.
QUESTIONS: IN WHAT AREAS OF YOUR LIFE DO YOU FEEL HELPLESS?
WHERE IS GOD REVEALING HIS PEACE IN YOUR LIFE?
WEEK 1: HOPE
Remembering the hope that came into the world through the prophetic promise of the Messiah
Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16 (ESV)
14 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
Question: Where is God calling you into Hope?
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