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.  It starts on Advent Sunday, which is the 4th Sunday before Christmas Day.  This year Advent starts on Sunday, December 2, and ends on Christmas Day.  

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 promised rescuer, the messiah, Jesus Christ, who would save them from their sins.  He came as a baby boy, born of a virgin, 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 believers 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 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 collection of Advent resources to help you and your family celebrate the first time Christ came and to look forward to Him coming again!

Sermon Series

Click here to listen to our Advent sermon series over the years.

Bible Reading Plan

2017 Advent Bible Reading Plan

Advent

Families

Adults & Individuals

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, who's coming we celebrate and anticipate.

Art

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