For centuries, the Christian church has commemorated the life of Christ during the Christmas season by looking back and looking forward.
We look back as we remember and celebrate the incarnation - Jesus born in human flesh - in Bethlehem. His first advent marked the launching point of His earthly ministry and the unfolding of the events that ultimately led to his death on a Roman cross, resurrection from the dead, and ascension to heaven.
We look forward as we recognize that you and I are living between two advents - the one that happened over 2000 years ago, and the one that is yet to come when Jesus returns in glory. The first coming of Jesus, which we celebrate at Christmas, was a foretaste of His eventual second coming, in which His reign on earth will be as it is in heaven.
Our world is weary. You are most likely weary.
The Christian life is lived in rhythms, and the annual rhythm of Advent is a means of reminding ourselves that no matter how bleak and hopeless things may seem, followers of Jesus always have hope. Because Jesus came, and is coming again. And in this, we rejoice.
You can use this guide in whichever way works best for you or your family. We recommend setting aside a few minutes of each day to read through each day’s scripture and then work through the reflection questions, either alone or with your family. Each day’s reading and discussion will only take a handful of minutes.
We’re encouraging everyone at Outward Church to participate in this simple practice as we together focus our sights on the glorious hope found only in Jesus.
Love Jesus. Live Outward.
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