Advent week 1: Promises and Patience

WEEK 1: PROMISES AND PATIENCE

11-27-11

Theme: The Lord makes and keeps His promises, and His people are called to wait with patient anticipation.

 

Isaiah 64:1-9

Psalm 80:1-7; 17-19

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:24-37

 

WEEK 2: AWAITING AN ADVENT

12-4-11

Theme: God made a particular promise of a Messiah, and Israel longed for His coming.

 

Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Mark 1:1-8

 

WEEK 3: INCARNATION AND IMPLICATIONS

12-11-11

Theme: God fulfilled the promise of a Messiah in the first advent of Jesus.

 

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Psalm 126:1-6

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Luke 1:46b-55

John 1:6-8, 19-28

 

WEEK 4: RESURRECTION AND RETURN

12-18-11

Theme: After dying to redeem His people from slavery, Jesus rose from the dead and promised to come again to redeem us fully.

 

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Luke 1:47-55

Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

Romans 16:25-27

Luke 1:26-38

 

WEEK 5: WATCHING AND WAITING

12-24-11

Theme: As we await the second advent of Jesus, we are called to a life of prayerful and prepared patience.

 

Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96:1-13

Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-14

 

 

1. Don’t get distracted by inferior and temporal pursuits

 

A. What do you do daily that distracts you from eternal realities? What is the response of your     personhood to those things?

 

B. Consider what you place expectations on and how that affects you when they are not met.

 

C. If we place our hopes in finite things, which never fully meet our expectations, it seems that our  expectations are meant for something greater. What things have you trusted in for the joy of your  heart instead of Jesus?

 

2. Recognize you are a soul and that you must feed your soul as much as your body

 

A. Don’t buy the lie that what you see is all there is

B. Don’t listen to your body (The flesh is want to grumble dreadfully – Luther)

 

1. Pursue discipline (Scripture, silence, solitude, prayer, fasting) as a means of

listening to the Spirit’s leadership

 

3. Bury yourself in the pursuit of Jesus Christ

A. In his word (fill your soul with the promises of his return)

1. Isaiah 64:1-9

2. Revelation 22

 

B. In the Spirit

1. Romans 8:16-17

“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”

 

C. In his mission

1. Do Gospel work

 

4. Chronicle / Journal your growth in the Lord and celebrate the Lord in it

 

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