From the Bible Project Advent Word Study Series:
“For centuries, Christians around the world have used the four weeks leading up to Christmas to prepare themselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It’s a time when we observe his first coming while we also look forward to his second coming. Each of the four weeks leading up to Advent is focused on hope, peace, joy, and love respectively. “
Here are some devotional resources you might consider either for yourself or you and your family over the month of December:
1. A DIY Advent Calendar with Bible Readings
This blog has some great free advent resources you can print out and do with your family depending on the age of your children. Each is a set of 24 readings, designed to use from Dec 1-24 and each day takes no more than 5-10 minutes. Australia Post is selling wooden advent calendars that can be used with this material if you don’t want to build your own.
2. “The Dawning of Indestructible Joy” by John Piper
This book (which is also available as a free PDF download) consists of 25 really short meditations from all over the Scriptures to prepare our hearts for Christmas. As John Piper puts it: “This is my prayer for you this Christmas— that you would experience the fullness of Christ; that you would know in your heart the outpouring of grace upon grace; that the glory of the only Son from the Father would shine into your hearts; that you would be amazed that Christ can be so real to you.” You might also be interested in his other book on Advent Good News of Great Joy which is connected to his devotional series podcast Solid Joys.
3. “O Come Let Us Adore Him” by Paul David Tripp
This devotional spans the whole month of December – 31 devotions that include a Scripture reading and notes for parents and children, that we might celebrate Jesus our Saviour. This book is a bit more intensive and will require some preparation if you are doing it with your family. Also try out Paul Tripp’s Free Advent and Christmas Videos which are short 2 minute videos covering topics such as “How to Centre your Family on Christ this Christmas” to “A Message for Those who are Lonely This Christmas”.
4. “The One True Light” by Tim Chester
This book consists of 24 short devotionals leading up to Christmas, the difference being that it is set in John chapter 1 and goes verse by verse. The readings are short and easy to follow. Tim Chester has also written a few other Advent devotionals in this series “The One True Gift” and “The One True Story” which are also available in e-book format.
5. Bible Society’s “Really Good News for Christmas” (for children)
This is more of a Christmas tract for young children, written in rhyme and with a fair amount of Aussie humour (which might not be everyone’s cup of tea). It also has a number of free resources that go along with it, which includes a 5 minute animated version of the book. You can also preview the book on your website.
For further resources visit our previous post on Advent from two years ago.