Advent 2017

Advent is a special time for us as a church to focus our hearts on our King, Jesus. As we remember His First Coming, we also anticipate His Second Coming. Join us during this holiday season as we tune our hearts to praise our King.

We have provided a weekly guide to help as you disciple your children. It should only take about 10 minutes once a week.

We have also provided a daily reading guide to help you in your personal walk with Jesus. All of these resources can be found at guest central during our Sunday gatherings or you can download the PDFs by clicking on the crowns!

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Advent Guide

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This advent guide includes daily readings starting on Dec. 3 and also a weekly family activity and reading.

What is advent?

Advent is a season of:

waiting,
anticipating
and looking forward

to the coming of Jesus.

Advent begins four Sundays prior to Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.

The word advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning “coming.”

Christians remember that God kept His promise by sending a Savior to redeem a lost and broken world. Christians also look forward to Jesus’ second coming when He will finally and completely defeat evil and make all things right.


Our theme this year is

‘Longing’

We long for

peace,
joy,
hope
and love

but most of all we long for the return of our Savior who is the embodiment and fulfillment of all those things.

We hope and pray that this guide will help you focus your eyes on Jesus, remember God’s faithfulness and create in you an anticipation and longing for His return.

How to use this guide

This guide includes daily readings to help you focus your heart on Christ during this season. It also will include links to weekly Bible Project videos to shed light on the topic of the week.

We recommend that you set a time and place to work through this guide daily.

As you read ask these questions:

• What does this Scripture reveal about man?
• What does this Scripture reveal about God?
• How does this impact the way I will think, believe, and act today?
• Pray and ask God for the strength to do it

Use #nbccadvent to share your experiences on social media

Family Activity

Every week also includes a family activity. Set aside a time to gather as a family every week to light an Advent candle, watch the Bible Project video, read Scripture, talk, pray and participate in an activity. Be creative and make it your own!

We will be releasing a video every Sunday on Facebook and Youtube to help you lead your family discussion and give you a few pointers.

Make sure you have a version of the Bible that everyone can understand (NIV, ESV, CSB, NLT, MSG).

December 3 – December 9

Watch video “Bible Project – Peace”

Dec. 3 – Day One
Philippians 4:4-7, Proverbs 16:7

Dec. 4 – Day Two
Isaiah 9:2-7

Dec. 5 – Day Three
2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Dec. 6 – Day Four
Ephesians 2:11-22

Dec. 7 – Day Five
Romans 5:1-5

Dec. 8 – Day Six
Colossians 1:15-20

Dec. 9 – Day Seven
John 14:23-31

Family Activity

Build a fort. A cozy fort. A peaceful fort.

Watch Bible Project video ‘Peace’

Talk about what brings you peace.

Read Luke 2:1-14

What does it say?

How does Jesus bring us peace?

How can we bring peace to those around us? (make a plan to do something for someone this week)

Pray for peace on earth and in the lives of people you know.

“Peace is about taking what is broken and restoring it to wholeness”

December 10 – December 16

Watch video “Bible Project – Joy”

Dec. 10 – Day One
Nehemiah 8:8-12

Dec. 11 – Day Two
Isaiah 35

Dec. 12 – Day Three
Luke 2:25-35

Dec. 13 – Day Four
Acts 13:42-52

Dec. 14 – Day Five
Hebrews 12:1-12

Dec. 15 – Day Six
Luke 15:1-7

Dec. 9 – Day Seven
Revelation 19:1-10

Family Activity

Do something that brings your family joy.
(look at Christmas lights, bake cookies, etc)

Watch Bible Project video “Joy”

Talk about what brings you joy.

Read Matthew 2:1-12

What does it say?

Why were the wise men were so joyful when they saw Jesus?
Why was Herod not joyful?

How can we be joyful even during difficult circumstances?

Pray for joy

“Joy is a profound decision of faith & hope in the power of Jesus’ own life and love.”

Weeks 3 and 4 coming soon…

Check online at nbccoly.org/advent

or

at connection central