Helpful Resources for Advent

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This Christmas we would love for you to behold the wonder and mystery of Christ’s love and work for you by coming into the world to save you from sin and death. The true meaning of Christmas is found in the person of Christ rather than in presents under the tree. We all know this to be true, but it can be hard to find real and tangible ways to look beyond the presents to the Person. Using an Advent resource that can guide you and your family through the various passages and themes that make up the Christmas story of Christ come to save people from sin. As a Staff, we have curated a list of resources that you can use for this very purpose. Some of these are freely available online while you can purchase others from a bookstore or online store. We hope that these resources will be a blessing to you and that they will guide you in worshiping Christ this Christmas.


Free Online Resources

  • Journey to the Manger: A daily email devotional from Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Simply sign up with your email address.

  • Good News of Great Joy: 25 short devotionals from John Piper available to listen or read for free.

  • Family Advent Guide: A guide for families with young kids for an intentional way to capture their attention during Advent.

  • Desiring God has tons of articles, stories, and sermons on the subject of Christ’s birth.

  • The Gospel Coalition has a similar round-up of articles, videos, and other resources for advent. 

Books (available in print or eBook format)

  • Come Let Us Adore Him: Short daily readings to help you recapture the wonder and awe of Christ at Christmas. Grab one of these in the Sanctuary foyer for only $5!

  • The First Days of Jesus: A step-by-step journey through the Gospels’ birth narratives, clearing away common misconceptions, making messianic connections, and setting the stage for Jesus’s later life and ministry.

  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: An anthology of Advent readings collected from the writings and sermons of 22 classic and contemporary theologians and Bible teachers. Readings from the likes of Whitefield, Luther, Spurgeon, and Augustine, and contemporary figures like Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, Francis Schaeffer, and Joni Eareckson Tada.

For Teens

  • Hope is Coming: A 25 day Advent devotional designed for students to understand and apply the Christmas message.

  • Light in the Darkness: A great resource of pre-teens and middle schoolers who would enjoy an illustrated realization of the Christmas Story (graphic novel) using the unedited text of Luke 1-2.

 

For Kids

  • A Jesus Christmas: A family devotional aimed at helping you connect the whole redemptive story of Christ’s coming. Questions for discussion and space for journaling in the print format.

  • The Christmas Promise: A storybook retelling of the Christmas story showing how God kept His promise to send a new King. Especially good for toddlers and young kids.

  • The Donkey in the Living Room: This is an interactive way to progressively tell the Christmas story using your own nativity set.

 

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