What Is Advent?
Advent comes from the Latin word adventus meaning arrival or coming. The Hebrews looked forward to the coming of a Saviour or Messiah—the First Advent. Now, we are waiting expectantly for His return to sweep His bride off of our feet—the Second Advent. The Church has been waiting for Him to come back from the moment He left the first time.
Why Should I Participate in Advent? So, what does Advent have to do with celebrating the arrival of Jesus?
Traditionally, Advent counts down the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Practically, Advent reminds us to look forward to His return every day.
This season is about resetting Jesus Christ at the centre of our lives, and at the centre of our church. After all, when He comes to take us home forever, we want to be ready.
Expect to be inspired, challenged, refocused, broken, motivated, unified, encouraged, and most of all, expectant.
Download the Reading Plan here, or click on the ‘NIV’ or ‘MSG’ to open the reading in either the NIV or Message.
Christmas Advent Reading Plan
|1st December||Reason for the season||Luke 2:21-40||NIV||MSG|
|2nd December||Family time||Matthew 1||NIV||MSG|
|3rd December||Take a closer look||Luke 2:1-20||NIV||MSG|
|4th December||Served or serving?||Mark 9:33-37||NIV||MSG|
|5th December||Christmas lights||Matthew 4:12-17||NIV||MSG|
|6th December||A perfect gift||Acts 20:35||NIV||MSG|
|1 John 4:10||NIV||MSG|
|7th December||Decorations||Exodus 25||NIV||MSG|
|8th December||Thinking of others||Matthew 25:31-46||NIV||MSG|
|9th December||Name above all names||Isaiah 9:6-7||NIV||MSG|
|1 Timothy 6:11-16||NIV||MSG|
|10th December||Immanuel – God with us!||Matthew 1:22-23||NIV||MSG|
|11th December||White as snow||Genesis 1||NIV||MSG|
|12th December||True Love||Revelation 2:1-5||NIV||MSG|
|1 John 3:1-3||NIV||MSG|
|13th December||Carol Service||Psalm 150||NIV||MSG|
|14th December||Christmas Cards||Acts 15:22-31||NIV||MSG|
|15th December||Impossible is nothing||Luke 1||NIV||MSG|
|16th December||Worship the King||Matthew 2:1-12||NIV||MSG|
|17th December||Adoption||Galatians 4:1-7||NIV||MSG|
|18th December||Feasting or fasting?||Isaiah 58||NIV||MSG|
|19th December||Prayer||Luke 11:1-13||NIV||MSG|
|20th December||The word||John 1||NIV||MSG|
|21st December||The Greatest Story Ever Told||John 21:25||NIV||MSG|
|22nd December||True Joy!||Psalm 100||NIV||MSG|
|23rd December||He’s coming again||Matthew 25||NIV||MSG|
|24th December||A perfect sacrifice!||John 3:16||NIV||MSG|
|25th December||He’s Arrived!||Luke 1:26-56||NIV||MSG|