The Disarming Child – January 7

Advent Guide Cover - 2017

And so it ends. For the past 45 days, we have read Scripture and prayed together. We have heard from some voices who do not speak the way we speak, considered thoughts from minds who do not necessarily think the way we think, and listened to the hearts of some whose affections for Christ match ours, even as their perspectives are radically different. For those of you who have read, talked, and prayed along with us through this Advent and Christmas season, Kim and I would like to say thank you for sharing this experience. We pray that these reflections have deepened your understanding of Christmas and strengthened your love for Jesus and your faith in him. May the work that God has kindled in your hearts through this season of devotion grow as you share the joy and hope of Jesus throughout 2018!

READ

  • Isaiah 9:2-6
  • Watch for the Light, 308-320

 

REFLECT

  1. What will you remember from the collection of readings and conversations we have covered over the past 45 days? What has God taught you about the Advent, or about Jesus himself, that you will carry with you as you continue to live out your faith?
  2. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isa. 9:2). What will you do to reflect the light of Jesus to people living in darkness around you? Will you commit to pray daily for the strength and grace to show Jesus to people near you and far away who desperately need to know that God has sent a Savior to rescue them?

RESPOND

Begin praying the prayer from question 2 even today. Ask the Lord to give you a sensitive heart to recognize both the physical and spiritual needs in your world. Then pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit, He would use you to shine the light of Christ and the hope of the gospel to someone who is waiting to hear of the Son who was born to give them hope.

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