Date(s) - November 29, 2015
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The season of Advent is celebrated by Christians around the world as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the coming of Jesus at Christmas. In Advent, we’re reminded of how much we ourselves also need a Savior, and we look forward to our Savior’s second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas.
This year the Carey Institute invites you to pause in the middle of the season to give space to the Christ Child and to prepare your heart for His birth. Inspiration and transformation await. 2014 Online Advent Video Series with Carolyn Arends also available HERE.
“Look What Has Come to the World!”
It was E. Stanley Jones who once observed:
“The early Christians did not say in dismay, ‘Look what the world has come to,’
but in delight, ‘Look what has come to the world!’”
Texts and titles for each video:
Week 1: “For Unto Us …” Isaiah 9:2-7
Week 2: “Do Not Be Afraid” … texts from Matthew 1, Luke 1& 2
Week 3: “Somebody Sing!” … texts from Luke 1&2
Week 4: “He Himself” … Matthew 1
About the Video Series:
Cost: $50/individual REGISTER
You will receive a link to the series after you register and pay. * Note* Link will not be “live” until Oct. 31, 2015. This series is set up as an online, 4-session series to be viewed on a once-per-week basis over the Advent season which begins Sunday November 29, 2015. The series features 10-12 minute devotionals led by Dr. Darrell Johnson.
The videos are in high definition video compatible for viewing on your computer or through a LCD projector for larger groups. Reflective questions for you to work through are provided below.
1. Which of the names given to Jesus in this text means the most to you? Why?
2. Which of the four promises in Isaiah do you see Jesus fulfilling in your world?
3. Which of the four promises do you pray He more clearly fulfill?
4. Who in your life most needs to hear the news of this text this season?
1. What do you make of the presence of angels in the story? What are we to make of this in our time?
2. Which of the four “do not be afraid” messages of the angel means the most to you right now? Why?
3. Which of the four “do not be afraid” messages do you want others in your life to hear right now?
4. For whom in your life would you like to be “an angel” this season?
1. What is your favourite Advent-Christmas song? Why?
2. To which of the four songs in Luke are you most drawn right now? Why?
3. If our world could hear just one of the four sung this year which would you choose? Why?
4. If you were to compose a Carol to be sung in our city what three phrases from the songs in Luke would you especially want to include?
1. Why is the Saviour given the name Jesus?
2. What does it mean to you that “He Himself will save His people from their sins”?
3. From what form of sin has He most clearly saved you? From what form do you still long for HIm to save you?
4. How can we say this good news to people who have never read the Bible?