Advent 2014 Booklet

HOPE // a LIGHT bright enough to shine back

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1.1-3

In order to experience the anticipation of Jesus coming, we need to find our HOPE firmly rooted in what this creation was created to be, and the perfection it is returning to. To do this, we go back to the beginning, to look at how God prepared a world bathed in light for us to enjoy. He gave us creation as a picture of His goodness. As we prepare for the light to enter into the world, we look to the world around us as a picture of our God?

December 1 | God creates out of nothing
December 2 | God creates perfectly
December 3 | God creates order
December 4 | God creates for a purpose
December 5 | You are created in the image of God
December 6 | You were created good

PEACE // a LIGHT bright enough to outshine darkness

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1.4-5

In order to experience the anticipation of Jesus coming, we have to know the PEACE that comes from being rescued. It is too easy to get used to the darkness; to assume there is no other way. When this happens we run from God as we pursue our own answers to the difficulty of life. Nowing why we are in darkness helps us to see that this is not inevitable. Knowing we have a God who is more powerful, allows us to see another way. As we prepare for the light to enter into the world, we look at our sin as the reason He had to come?

December 7 | You were created to be in communion with God
December 8 | You were created to bring glory to God
December 9 | Sin breaks the covenant with a holy God
December 10 | Sin brings the penalty of death
December 11 | Sin condemns all people
December 12 | Sin separates you from the presence of God
December 13 | Sin pollutes every aspect of your life

LOVE // a LIGHT bright enough to provide warmth

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.  John 1.9-13

In order to experience the anticipation of Jesus coming, we have to know the LOVE He has for us. Without the love of God, the things that we go through in this life are unbearable: they have no purpose and they are out of God’s control. His love shows us that all that is happening is for redemption; all things work together for good. As we prepare for the light to enter into the world, we look at our how His love is revealed through Jesus.

December 14 | Sin prevents you from being who you are
December 15 | Jesus redeems you according to His plan
December 16 | Jesus humbles Himself on your behalf
December 17 | Jesus acts out of His love
December 18 | Jesus calls you out of your sin
December 19 | Jesus sets you free
December 20 | Jesus reconciles you to the Father

JOY // a LIGHT bright enough to shine today

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. [17] For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1.14-18

In order to experience the anticipation of Jesus coming, we have to be excited for Him to come. It is easy for us to get excited about the temporary things that are right in front of us; things that are easy to get and that offer an immediate gratification. In Jesus, we get the gift of eternal satisfaction. It is no longer about finding the next searching out the next moment of happiness, but exploring the depth of what we already have been given. As we prepare for the light to enter into the world, we look at the gift that was given to us.

December 21 | Jesus gives you a new identity
December 22 | Jesus gives you a new purpose
December 23 | Worship by delighting in His ways

CHRISTMAS EVE // the LIGHT of the world has come

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2.1-7

December 24 | Worship by being thankful

CHRISTMAS // the gift of LIGHT

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2.8-14

December 25 | Worship by wondering

 NOW WHAT? // living in the LIGHT