Celebrating and Observing Advent – How We Do It

    December 12, 2013

    We’ve been observing Advent for the past three years. I was raised in a Baptist church where Advent was not observed.  Daily Advent scripture reading was not something that we did. I remember as a child, my family put up a sweet Christmas tree countdown calendar.  I think we called it an “Advent” calendar, but I had no idea what Advent was, or why it was observed.

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    After becoming parents, Brett and I wanted to do something different for our family to make Christmas and the anticipation of the coming of our Christ more of a heart matter. Growing up, I always knew the real reason that we celebrated Christmas was Jesus. Our children have also always been taught why we celebrate Christmas.  Now more than ever, it is important that we teach a biblical worldview to our children.  This means digging deeper into the Scriptures and learning about Jesus and how we are to be a light to this dark world.

    This year we are observing Advent in a couple of ways.  We are celebrating the anticipation of our coming Messiah.  Now, we know that Christ came to us as a babe – our Saviour, Messiah, King and died for the propitiation of our sins on a cruel cross.  He was raised from the dead, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  During Advent, we celebrate and anticipate the second coming of Christ.  The Light will overcome darkness.  Amen!

    For our evening scripture reading, we read scriptures from all over the Bible.  It’s a beautiful gift to see how our Messiah and our redemption is written everywhere in the testaments – old and new.  We use this reading plan:

    First Week of Advent

    Sunday: Romans 13:11-14

    Monday: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

    Tuesday: Mark 13:33-37

    Wednesday: John 1:1-5

    Thursday: John 1:6-9

    Friday: Jeremiah 33:14-16

    Saturday: Isaiah 6

    Second Week of Advent

    Sunday: Romans 15:4-13

    Monday: Psalms 43:3-6

    Tuesday: Psalms 27:1-4

    Wednesday: Psalms 119:105-106

    Thursday: John 12:35-36

    Friday: Ephesians 5:6-14

    Saturday: 1 Peter 2:5-9

    Third Week of Advent

    Sunday: Isaiah 60:1-3

    Monday: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

    Tuesday: 1 John 1:4-7

    Wednesday: John 3:16-21

    Thursday: Isaiah 40:1-11

    Friday: John 9:1-7

    Saturday: Luke 3:1-6

    Fourth Week of Advent

    Sunday: Isaiah 11:1-10

    Monday: Zephaniah 3:14-17

    Tuesday: Matthew 1:18-25

    Wednesday: Luke 2:8-20

    Thursday: Matthew 4:14-16

    Friday: Isaiah 2:1-5

    Saturday: Luke 2:25-33

    We also read a few verses each night from Luke, so we can work our way through the account of Christ’s birth.

    In addition to our scripture reading, we are learning about different people groups throughout the world who do not have a Bible in their native language.  I was so excited to find this study by Wycliffe Bible translators.  Thanks to Sara Elizabeth at A Mama’s Story  for sharing the free Wycliffe Advent Study – The Word Became Human.  Each night, we read about a new people group and how the Bible translation teams are working to reach the hearts of these people by translating the scriptures into their native language.  We make pins to mark the countries and regions of these people as a reminder to pray for them as well as the efforts of the translation teams.

    After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9-10

    Advent Map Flag

    To make the map pins, I use a straight pin from my sewing stash, a post-it note flag and some double stick tape.  Put a strip of double stick tape on the post-it flag and  fold the post-it flag around the tip of the pin.  Trim to the desired length.  Add to your world map and remember to pray for all of those people groups who do not have the Bible in their native language.

    How are you observing Advent? It’s not too late to start.  I would love to hear from you.

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