Adventus:The Story Unfolds

Adventus

December 07, 2014

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What does it take to make a miracle happen? Our own limited perspectives fancy God with sparkling magic potions carefully arranged in a glittering heavenly toolbox. Maybe a few wands thrown in for the tough jobs. But God's best work has always been done using amazingly ordinary stuff. Water, mud, spit, a piece of stale bread, a barn, a teenage girl. Everyday objects and ordinary people. 

This weekend's worship is a call to gather in close to watch the story of God's miraculous work in a faraway place - through ordinary people known simply as "Ginghamsburg."  It's a don't-miss Advent weekend as Pastor Mike shares his heart and we step forward once again into God's life-giving story.

ADVENTUS: the story unfolds...

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Isaiah 61:1-4 / Mike Slaughter / December 6 & 7, 2014

ADVENTUS: The Story Unfolds

 

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              See this week’s journaling questions on reverse side for deeper reflection.

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The Story Unfolds

What does it take to make a miracle happen? God’s best work has always been done using amazingly ordinary stuff. Water, mud, spit, a piece of stale bread, a barn, a teenage girl. Everyday objects and ordinary people. How will the miracle unfold through you this Advent season...  

Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.

 
Day 1: Read Luke 1:26-80
Really pay attention to the two “songs” in this chapter. According to these songs, who is God for? Whom will God eventually elevate? What do these songs have to say to us about God’s upside-down nature? How do they encourage you this holiday season?
 
Day 2: Read Colossians 1:24-29 and 1 Corinthians 15:9-11
The mystery of the Gospel is that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. What ordinary person have you seen God work a miracle through? 
 
Day 3: Read Matthew 1:18-25
What do you think was going through Joseph’s mind when he found out Mary was pregnant? What are some things we can learn from Joseph’s character?
 
Day 4: Read Isaiah 9:1-7
Peace is often mentioned alongside of justice and righteousness. What does that tell us about what peace is? How does that differ from what we tend to think of what peace is?
 
Day 5: Read Isaiah 52
Put verse 7 into your own words. Who is someone in your life whom you could bring this good news to?
 
Day 6: Read Isaiah 58
Why is God so frustrated with the people? How does God want his people to live? How does this passage challenge you? How does it encourage you?
 
Day 7: Read Isaiah 61
Advent is about imagining a world set right and anticipating God’s promised future. This passage is a description of that future. What about this passage encourages you the most? In what ways are you partnering with Jesus in making this world a reality?

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