Advent Reading Plan

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 DecemberReason for the seasonLuke 2:21-40NIVMSG
2nd DecemberFamily timeMatthew 1NIVMSG
3rd DecemberTake a closer lookLuke 2:1-20NIVMSG
4th DecemberServed or serving?Mark 9:33-37NIVMSG
5th DecemberChristmas lightsMatthew 4:12-17NIVMSG
  Isaiah 9:1-3NIVMSG
  Matthew 5:14-16NIVMSG
6th DecemberA perfect giftActs 20:35NIVMSG
  1 John 4:10NIVMSG
7th DecemberDecorationsExodus 25NIVMSG
8th DecemberThinking of othersMatthew 25:31-46NIVMSG
9th DecemberName above all namesIsaiah 9:6-7NIVMSG
  Revelation 19:1-16NIVMSG
  1 Timothy 6:11-16NIVMSG
10th DecemberImmanuel – God with us!Matthew 1:22-23NIVMSG
  Isaiah 7:10-15NIVMSG
  John 1:14NIVMSG
11th DecemberWhite as snowGenesis 1NIVMSG
  Isaiah 1:18NIVMSG
  Psalm 51:1-10NIVMSG
12th DecemberTrue LoveRevelation 2:1-5NIVMSG
  1 John 3:1-3NIVMSG
13th DecemberCarol ServicePsalm 150NIVMSG
14th DecemberChristmas CardsActs 15:22-31NIVMSG
15th DecemberImpossible is nothingLuke 1NIVMSG
  Jeremiah 32:17NIVMSG
16th DecemberWorship the KingMatthew 2:1-12NIVMSG
17th DecemberAdoptionGalatians 4:1-7NIVMSG
18th DecemberFeasting or fasting?Isaiah 58NIVMSG
  Matthew 6:16-18NIVMSG
19th DecemberPrayerLuke 11:1-13NIVMSG
20th DecemberThe wordJohn 1NIVMSG
21st DecemberThe Greatest Story Ever ToldJohn 21:25NIVMSG
22nd DecemberTrue Joy!Psalm 100NIVMSG
23rd DecemberHe’s coming againMatthew 25NIVMSG
24th DecemberA perfect sacrifice!John 3:16NIVMSG
25th DecemberHe’s Arrived!Luke 1:26-56NIVMSG
  Matthew 1:18-25NIVMSG
  Luke 2:1-40NIVMSG
  Matthew 2:1-12NIVMSG