This guide is a tool to help you give your attention to God throughout your week as you gather.
Nov 28: Hope
Dec 5: Peace
Dec 12: Joy
Dec 19: Love
Over the next few weeks, read these advent themed passages:
John 1:14 Luke 2:8-20John 3:19-21.
We are waiting in a state of tension. That’s what advent is about. Waiting, and tension.
Our biblical hope is based on the person of Jesus, and the hope that he will return. Our faith isn’t just a glass half full, but rather a bold knowing that our hope is founded in God. Hope is a bold choice to wait on God
This hope is present in our neighbourhoods, workplaces, church buildings and communities. It looks like heaven breaking through and changing lives in big ways and small ways.
God’s peace is better than the presence of non-violence (which is still very good). God's peace, brought into the world through Jesus Christ is complete. It's Shalom PEACE.
When Jesus was born, it was unusual! While Israel waited on a warrior, he was an infant from a refugee family. His presence in the world announced peace, and his followers are called to make peace in their 'hood.
Christians in the New Testament and the early church were peace creators in their own contexts, they shared what they had, cared for the poor, the widow, the stranger in their neighbourhoods. And we are called to do the same.
May the Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace. Amen.
After every sermon in this series come back and answer these questions.