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Advent Bible Study 2020
Stories of Faith, Hope, Joy, and Love
Waiting is essential to the spiritual life…Waiting for God is an active, alert—yes, joyful—waiting. As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes. -Henri Nouwen
Like our annual calendar with its flow of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, the Christian calendar also has seasons. The first is called Advent, and it marks the four weeks leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Christians first recognized Advent in the fifth century, and have used it as a time to emphasize the importance of watching and waiting in the spiritual life. It is a time to remember that in order to receive good news we first need to turn towards it, and be open enough to receive it.
There are several scripture lessons that typically appear during this season that describe persons and events associated with the early life of Jesus. The four Sundays of Advent have also been associated with four great attributes of Christian life: faith, hope, love and joy.
Our Advent Bible Study will focus on four stories that give us an opportunity to explore, experience and share these gifts. The dates and texts are as follows:
November 2: Faith James 5:7-11
November 9: Hope Isaiah 61:1-4
November 16: Joy Philippians 4:4-9
November 23: Love Luke 1:39-56
For each story we will ask these questions:
- What do the authors of these stories choose to magnify or amplify?
- What information does each story reveal about God?
- If this story were missing from the Bible, how would our sacred story be incomplete?
- Did these stories reveal anything new to you about faith, hope, joy, or love?