Are you someone who looks forward to Advent each year? Or, are you reading this right now and still not sure what Advent season is all about?
If you have celebrated Advent for years or this is your first year, we are so glad you are here!
For those of you who are not as familiar, Advent season officially begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends Christmas Eve or Day. Some celebrate Advent with calendars, 24 “windows” revealing a gift or a piece of candy. And, some celebrate with an Advent wreath containing 5 candles, one lit each week leading up to Christmas Day. The Village Church describes the Advent wreath this way:
“This symbol is borrowed from the emphasis throughout Scripture of Jesus Christ being the Light of the World (Matt 4:16; John 4:16; 8:12). Each week a new candle is lit in anticipation of Christmas Eve. The last candle, called the Christ Candle, is lit on Christmas Eve to represent Jesus’ first advent. Through this theme of ever-increasing light penetrating the darkness, we see a picture of the gospel.”
WOW! We live in a world full of darkness, so the image of each candle being lit representing the light getting brighter and brighter as the birth of our Savior draws closer is beautiful.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Advent, remember…Jesus was born to be the Hope of the world and the Light this world needs to dispel the darkness. That’s what this celebration is all about!
We would love for you to join us in Loving a Bible during Advent.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 – CHOOSE a devotional that is right for you. A few suggestions from our team include:
- “Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional” by Paul David Tripp
- “Good News of Great Joy” by John Piper
- The Village Church
- “The Dawning of Indestructible Joy” by John Piper
- Advent at The Austin Stone
2 – Create a HABIT to study at the same time each day. Let your family know what you are doing as well, so they can help you stay committed to this time. Being consistent in your study creates a habit each day you will look forward to!
3 – GATHER your supplies (compact bible, devotional, pens, highlighters, washi tape, sticky notes, etc.). To make it easier use a shower caddy, craft bag with pockets or something to keep everything organized.
4 – PRAY before you begin each devotional. Ask God to open your heart so you can savor the true meaning of this season and what He wants to speak into your heart.
5 – HIGHLIGHT the key scripture for that day in your Loved Bible. This allows you to focus on that one scripture, so you can take it with you into your day and be reminded of what you’ve read.
6 – REFLECT on the daily reading. What stood out to you? What is something you want to share with someone else? Write it on a sticky note, write it in the margins of the Loved Bible, or draw a photo reflecting that day’s devotional so you can tape it into the Loved Bible.
But, remember, there is no right or wrong way to Love a Bible. As you join us this Advent season, be sure to share your photos and show us what God is reveling to you through His Word.
And, if you are choosing to Love a Bible this Advent season, let us know in the comments below!