Advent means arrival. The word comes from the Latin word adventus, and has the nuance of waiting and watching. Advent = waiting and watching for the arrival of something or someone.
What arrival are you waiting for this December? For presents?
For school to be on break? For the pandemic to be over?
For children to come home and visit? For more peace or better health or more financial stability?
Advent is a season that Christians have set to wait and watch for the arrival of a person who came more than two thousand years ago, a person who changed the trajectory of the world. A person who brought light into darkness. This person is Jesus Christ.
But…why wait for someone who has already come? For two reasons! First, because as we remember the waiting that took place before his arrival years ago, the impact he first made on people then, can be made on us now. The Holy Spirit can change the trajectory of our lives as we remember Jesus and his Kingdom coming long ago. Your kids’ lives. Your friends’ and neighbors’ lives. Your life. Second, we wait in a spirit of Advent because Jesus will come again! Setting these four weeks of Advent as a time of watching and waiting helps us prepare for the advent of the second coming of Jesus Christ!
May this be a significant season of Advent for you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors as you watch and wait for Jesus Christ to come and bring light into darkness.
Advent at FBC, 2021
Listen to Pastor Derek’s new Christmas Album! We’d like to give it to you as a gift. May it bless you this season!
Gather with us on Sundays at 10:00am, and on Christmas Eve at 4:00 or 5:30pm for a candlelight service.
Follow an Advent Guide with your household or your friends.
This year we are taking a sabbath rest from producing our own Advent Guide (it will be back in 2022!). We encourage you to find your own, or do one of the following:
View this advent guide from The Parent Cue
A daily email guide from William Jessup University.
An online devotional from Biola University.
A previous year’s FBC Advent Guide (the Sunday scriptures will be different than this year’s, but everything else will still bless you) – download here.