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To Us A Son Is Given

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It was the most significant birth in the history of the world. God’s
promises were being fulfilled. The words of the prophets were coming
true. The King from David’s line, the longed-for Messiah, the Savior of
the world, had come. And He was wrapped in cloths lying in a manger.

Helping you and your family reflect on these glorious truths is the
goal of this Advent Guide. Advent (from the Latin adventus) means
“coming,” for this is the season in which we focus on the coming of
the Son of God, in the flesh, to rescue sinners like us. Many Christians
across the world and throughout history have celebrated Advent as a
season of repentance, anticipation, hope, and joy. Advent begins four
Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, December 24.
This Advent Guide provides twenty-five days of readings, which will
allow you to begin on December 1 and end on Christmas Day.

Each day offers, in addition to a daily Scripture reading, a key
takeaway, a brief reflection on the passage, a simple summary of the
reading (this may be helpful to read aloud for families), discussion
questions (one for adults and older children and one for younger
children), a suggestion for prayer, and a suggested passage for further
reading. We’ve also included in the back of this guide a list of memory
verses and practical ways for your family to respond to the good news
of Christ’s coming.

This guide is simply a tool, so feel free to adapt it to fit your particular
situation. The end goal is for you and your family to listen to Scripture
and rejoice in the God who sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, for the
salvation of sinners like us. What better way to spend the Advent
season?

Reading Plan

  • December 1: A Strange Beginning (Luke 1:5–7)
  • December 2: An Unexpected Visitor (Luke 1:8–17)
  • December 3: Our Doubt and God’s Faithfulness (Luke 1:18–23)
  • December 4: Son of David (2 Samuel 7:12–14a)
  • December 5: Son of the Most High (Luke 1:26–33)
  • December 6: A Very Old Promise (Genesis 3:14–15)
  • December 7: Nothing is Impossible (Luke 1:34–37)
  • December 8: The Right Response (Luke 1:38)
  • December 9: What the Law Couldn’t Do (Galatians 4:4–5)
  • December 10: Leaping for the Lord (Luke 1:39–45)
  • December 11: The Word Made Flesh (John 1:1–3, 14)
  • December 12: The Humble and the Hungry (Luke 1:46–55)
  • December 13: His Name Will Be John (Luke 1:57–66)
  • December 14: It’s All Coming True (Luke 1:67–80)
  • December 15: A Strange Diet (Matthew 3:1–6)
  • December 16: A Blessing for All Nations (Genesis 12:1–3)
  • December 17: To Us a Son Is Given (Isaiah 9:6–7)
  • December 18: O Little Town of Bethlehem (Luke 2:1–7)
  • December 19: He Had No Beauty (Isaiah 53:1–6)
  • December 20: What Child is This? (Matthew 16:13–17)
  • December 21: The Greatest News (John 3:16–18)
  • December 22: The Child Who is Lord (Luke 2:8–21)
  • December 23: Good News is Meant to Be Spread (Matthew 28:18–20)
  • December 24: God’s Final Word (Hebrews 1:1–4)
  • December 25: His Poverty, Our Riches (2 Corinthians 8:9)
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