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Overview

What is Advent?

Advent simply means the coming or arrival of a person, thing, or event.  Advent usually describes the time of preparation and focus leading up to Christmas which celebrates the coming of Christ from heaven to earth.  This year Advent starts on November 29 (the 4th Sunday before Christmas Day) and continues through Christmas Eve.

The weeks leading up to Christmas can be so busy and distracting from the real celebration of Christ's birth.  Advent is a way to slow down and focus on Christ each and every day as we get closer to Christmas. Jews in the Old Testament looked forward to and anticipated the coming of the Messiah, the Christ, who would save them from their sins.  The Son of God came as a baby boy, born of a virgin, and they called his name Jesus because he would save them from their sins. He lived a sinless life, took the penalty for our sin on the cross, was resurrected on the 3rd day, ascended into heaven 40 days later, and is now preparing a place for us.  The Bible promises he will return to take those who believe in him to be with him in the new heavens and new earth.  Advent is a time for Christians to not only celebrate the 1st coming of Christ, but to look forward to and anticipate the 2nd coming of Christ, much like the Old Testament saints anticipated His 1st coming.  We ought to live with hope and expectation for his return!

How do I celebrate Advent?

Families celebrate Advent in many different ways.  The important thing is not necessarily "how", but "that" you celebrate.  Just be intentional to take time each day to focus on Christ in some special way individually or together as a family.  Some families and churches celebrate advent by lighting a candle each week on an advent wreath symbolizing each of the advent themes (hope, peace, joy, and love) and then lighting a 5th candle on Christmas Day.  Others celebrate with different types of advent calendars and do something special on each day.  Still others read devotional books, make crafts, or color ornaments, all in hopes of focusing on Christ, the greatest gift, instead of simply presents and Santa.

Advent Resources

Here is our updated collection of Advent resources to help you and your family celebrate Christ's first coming and to look forward to his second coming!

Sermon Series

  • Click here to listen to our Advent sermons over the years.

Yearly Traditions

Family Resources

ACTIVITIES

DEVOTIONALS

STORY BOOKS

Adult Resources

Music

These albums listed below represent a wide variety of worshipful music for the Advent season: original music and well-known covers; quiet, reflective instrumentals and soulful ballads; deep Scriptural poetry and fun holiday rhymes.  Whatever you listen to, may it all be for the glory of God in Christ, whose coming we celebrate and anticipate.

Concert & Carols by Graham Jones - December 1, 2021

Songs of Hope: TGC Advent Concert - December 6, 2021

Christmas Eve featuring Good News, Great Joy - December 24, 2021

Albums

10 Best Advent Albums of 2010's by Brett McCracken and The Gospel Coalition

Playlists

Art

Also, check out Empty Plate Love for another way to show the sacrificial love of Christ to the world this Christmas Season.