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 4: LOVE
We respond in Love to the Jesus
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 1:46-55
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
QUESTIONS: WHERE ARE YOU ANTICIPATING GOD?
WHERE IS THE LOVE OF GOD SHOWING UP IN YOUR LIFE?
WEEK 3: JOY
We respond with Joy at the coming of the Savior
SCRIPTURE: ZEPHANIAH 3:14-20
14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
"Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
19 Behold, at that time I will deal
with all your oppressors.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
20 At that time I will bring you in,
at the time when I gather you together;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes," says the Lord.
QUESTIONS : WHERE ARE YOU WAITING ON GOD?
HOW IS GOD'S JOY SHOWING UP IN YOUR LIFE?
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?
WHERE DO YOU SEE GOD’S HOPE IN YOUR LIFE?
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