Leading our families through Advent: the Christmas Journey

Advent 2013

Advent is the season where we prepare our hearts for worshiping on Christmas Day as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus.

The Verge Network has created a printable e-book to help us lead our families in preparing for this special day. In the e-book you’ll find a Scripture to read as a family for each day from December 1 through December 25, along with a picture for your child(ren) to color. This picture could also be used as an ornament on your tree if you choose.

Advent 2013In this 23-page e-book you will find:

  1. An easy-to-understand guide to preparing your family for the true meaning of Christmas
  2. Daily Scripture readings for the month of December
  3. Pictures for your children to color and use as ornaments

*Since it is December 3rd already, tonight or family will begin with “The Promise” (Genesis 9) at the end of the Flood (Genesis 6:9-8:22), and I’ll read aloud from The Jesus Storybook Bible, pages 38-47.

The word “advent” comes from the Latin word Adventus, which means “coming.” The purpose of the Advent season is to help us focus on the coming of Christ to be with His people, and to seek and save that which was lost. Advent traditionally begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas and lasts through December 25th. This year, the Advent season begins on Sunday, December 1st.

Our hope is that is reading stories from the entirety of the Bible, your family will see together that the coming of Jesus was prophesied and anticipated long before His arrival, and that the Christmas story doesn’t begin with Mary and Joseph, but actually begins all the way back in Genesis 3.

Every story in this guide can be read from your family Bible using the Scripture references provided. Most days also have an option to read a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones [ hardcover | Kindle ], which is an excellent resource for younger children, and helps connect each Bible story to the coming of Jesus.

» Need a copy of the JSBB? » Email hello@Godrenews.us and we’ll give you a hardcover copy of the Jesus Storybook Bible as a gift from RENEW.

Until He comes,

Jeff

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