Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Isaiah 64:1-9 ESV
Advent is the beginning of a new year in the Christian calendar which helps us enter into and experience the Presence of God as told through the story of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a season of remembering his first coming and longing for his return.
Advent has a multifaceted meaning and we benefit from understanding that:
- In Bethlehem, Isaiah’s prayer was answered. God came down. (Luke 2:1-7)
- At His return, our cries will be answered and the heavens will be torn open with God‘s response. (Mark 13:24-37)
- Jesus draws near in this season to people willing to be the clay, molded by the potter. To children crying out for a Father. (Isaiah 64:8) Who acts for those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4) Who cry out for His presence despite their despair. (Isaiah 64:1)
We believe that we are about to experience a fresh move of God “drawing near” at City Church on Sunday mornings, in Life Groups, and on mission across our city. This is a perfect time to invite your friends to be a part of our church. Advent has historically been a season of fasting to prepare our hearts to more fully comprehend the richness of Christ. What can we do to make space over the next few weeks to prepare as families? Advent guides, calendars, wreaths, family prayer in the evenings or at meal times, Bible reading plans, and decorating our homes are just a few ideas that we can prepare as a church to embrace this season.
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The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your Life Group.