This past Sunday, we began a new sermon series during this Christmas season entitled “Shine The Light”. (Listen to the first message in this series here)
Since this is going to be more of a sermon series about the missional aspect of Christmas, I wanted to pass along some recommendations for you and your family to use that will help us focus on some of the things we more readily associate with the Advent season. Advent officially starts today, so this is a good time to start.
Scripture readings for all four gospels – Although we typically turn to the gospel according to Luke for the Nativity narrative, all four gospels speak about the first advent of the Messiah; from different perspectives and focusing on different aspects of this beautiful story. Petar Nenadov, who serves on staff at Lakeside Christian Church in Akron, Ohio, has provided a series of Scripture readings from all four of the gospels.
Good News of Great Joy, by John Piper – John Piper has compiled a collection of daily devotional readings based on a variety of passages from the Bible, focusing on the birth of Christ and it’s ultimate meaning and purpose. This ebook is a free download from desiringgod.org.
Behold The Lamb of God, by Russ Ramsey – This resource is a retelling of the Biblical narrative of the birth of Christ. Not necessarily a devotional resource, but a wonderful way to be immersed in the story of the first advent of Christ. Follow the link above to a short review of this book on the Gospel Coalition blog.
Counting the Days, Lighting the Candles, by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson – A great resource for family devotions.
Gospel-Centered Advent Devotionals – Another great family devotional resource, but this one is FREE, and can be downloaded immediately.
May The Lord lead us to think intently on the birth of His Son during this season, and how that wonderful truth can make a difference in how we live for Him today.