Advent begins this Sunday, as does our new series named for it at LifePoint Church. The term “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, literally translated “coming” (hence the second coming of Jesus which is often referred to as the “second advent”). The season of Advent begins every year 4 Sundays before Christmas day, this year that falls on December 1. This is the time of year Christians celebrate the coming of God to earth through the incarnation of Jesus.
It is common to attach a different theme to each Sunday of Advent, four themes total, which recognize various aspects or characteristics associated with the coming of Jesus to earth. As you study Advent historically, these themes can vary year to year but are linked in their association with the biblical themes surrounding both the prophetic and historic passages about Christ’s birth.
An objective observer of our culture in America would probably surmise that Advent themes would be things such as the 5 C’s: consumption, consumerism, cookies, candy, and candy corn. Although we enjoy candy corn at LifePoint, we have chosen to go with more biblical and historic themes this year.
Our four themes:
December 1: Hope
December 8: Joy
December 15: Peace
December 22: Redemption
This week we will begin with a message from Isaiah 35:1-10 entitled “The Way of Hope.” I’ve been blown away by my study of this passage thus far. It is one of the more beautiful passages you will find in all of Scripture, an oasis in the midst of a desert. We’re looking forward to a wonderful Advent season, and we’d love it if you joined us for the journey.