For each day of Advent, we encourage you to turn your hearts to Jesus by having a discussion with your family and friends or journaling about the following questions...
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Advent - 1
“The Lord himself will give you a sign. The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
Discuss or journal: Immanuel means ‘God with us.’ How have you experienced God with you this past week?
Advent - 2
“ The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned..” Isaiah 9:2
Discuss or journal: What are your thoughts about the symbols of darkness and light? Do they relate to your spirituality? To Christmas?
Advent - 3
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph...” Luke 1:26-27
Discuss or journal: What is your immediate reaction to this story? How does this inform your beliefs regarding angels?
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.” Luke 1:26-27
Discuss or journal: Why do you think God chose Mary? What kinds of things has God chosen you for?
Advent - 4
advent - 5
“The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.’” Luke 1:28-31
Discuss or journal: What kind of dreams and ideas has God conceived inside of you throughout your life?
Advent - 6
“’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled. Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:38
Discuss or journal: How can you be the Lord’s servant?
advent - 7
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!’” Luke 1:41-45
Discuss or journal: How do you feel and respond when someone full of the Holy Spirit visits with you?
advent - 8
“And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed.’” Luke 1:46-48
Discuss or journal: How was Mary blessed? How are you blessed?
Advent - 9
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.” Luke 2:1-3
Discuss or journal: How have world events affected the trajectory of your life?
Advent - 10
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Matthew 2:6
Discuss or journal: What are your thoughts about Jesus being your ruler and shepherd?
Advent - 11
“Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:7
Discuss or journal: How available are you for Jesus? What makes you more or less available to God?
Advent - 12
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” Luke 2:9-11
Discuss or journal: Why were the shepherds scared? Have you ever been scared or in awe of something holy?
advent - 13
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.” Luke 2:4-5
Discuss or journal: What do you do when someone you love is expecting a child? What do you do in expectation of Jesus’ arrival?
advent - 14
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” Luke 2:8
Discuss or journal: God encountered the shepherds on a seemingly average night. When does God reveal Godself to you?
Advent - 15
“‘This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” Luke 2:12
Discuss or journal: Do you think the shepherds were confused that their Savior was a baby in a manger? What’s a modern-day equivalent?
Advent - 16
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’” Luke 2:13-14
Discuss or journal: How did Jesus bring peace?
Advent - 17
“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’” Luke 2:15
Discuss or journal: The shepherds immediately obeyed the angel. Tell a story of your obedience.
Advent - 18
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’” Matthew 2:1-2
Discuss or journal: Looking at your life - your time, money, conversations, and thoughts … what are you seeking these days?
Advent - 19
“When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written…’” Matthew 2:3-5
Discuss or journal: Does a change in the status quo disturb you? When was the last time you were disturbed by God?
Advent - 20
“After the wise men had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”
Discuss or journal: Why were the wise men joyful? What gives you joy?
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
Discuss or journal: What kind of gifts can you give Jesus? How can you worship Him?