advent guide | the thrill of hope

CHRISTmas 2018

Advent is the celebration of the first coming of Jesus in humility, and the anxious awaiting of His second coming in the fullness of his glory.

Our Advent series this year is called “The Thrill of Hope”. The season of Advent attempts to capture the thrill of hope even in the midst of hopelessness. There is a spirit of yearning for that which seems almost too good to be true: that there would be some new and unique expression of God’s intention to save a world gone wrong.

Thus Advent both anticipates God’s fresh beginnings for creation in the person of Jesus Christ and, at the same time, celebrates the promise that the same Jesus Christ will return to finish the good work that God has begun. That work is to fully bring about the Kingdom of God and to bring all of creation under his gracious rule.

This guide contains four weeks of material, each with both a study to complete individually as well as a plan to help families talk about the Advent narrative together. The family portions are designed to work for families of all shapes and sizes and do not require extensive preparation. Either portion of the guide can also be used to facilitate discussion within your Community Group, with friends, roommates, or others.