Join us in observing the Advent of Christ with this thoughtful new book of reflections by acclaimed author Mark Buchanan. We are thrilled to share this free resource with our church partners!
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Advent. It means a fresh beginning. A new day. A deeply cherished hope has finally arrived: a wedding day, the birth of a child, a graduation, a family reunion. Something – or someone – has come, and everything is different now, and better.
Advent is the word the Church has used for centuries to describe the coming of Jesus, the one who changes everything.
In this Advent devotional, though, we will go back to a foundational Old Testament passage that predicts Christ’s coming, Isaiah 9. And instead of the four traditional Advent themes, we will explore the four titles Isaiah uses to describe the child born to us. In this way, our focus will not be simply on the gifts Jesus brings and leaves: it will be on the gift of Jesus himself.
How to use these devotional reflections
This devotional allows for meaningful reflection each Sunday on the advent of Christ, followed by brief daily questions and prayers that consider the implications of his coming for individuals, groups and your entire church.
Consider these possible uses:
- Print the complete booklet to distribute to your congregation as a way of remaining focused on Christ as a church family.
- Use for your personal reflection time in order to commune with God during this deeply significant time of year.
- Encourage your small groups to follow the daily readings as a way of growing together in community during Advent.
- Suggest that families use these daily reflections for learning and engaging with one another while preparing for Christmas.
However you decide to use this devotional guide, we pray that you and your church family are richly blessed as you encounter Jesus in new ways as our Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.
Mark Buchanan is the best-selling Canadian author of books like Your Church is Too Safe and The Rest of God. He serves on the Faculty of Ambrose University College in Calgary.
Special thanks to Patricia Paddey for providing thoughtful daily reflection questions and prayers.